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Use of our photos, text, etc.

When we first started to include photos into the catalog back in the 1980's life changed. Finding photos for the idea you're describing is a lot of time and work. Sometimes it takes a year of waiting and hours of time to get a photo of the plant or animal. Sometimes we leave at 6 AM, get back at 1 AM to get a photo of something in the wild.
And then we get the folks that build their blog or website by taking our photos and using them as their own. Some have gone as far as copying the text (misspellings and all) and photos and claiming that as their own. Each photo is worth a few hundred dollars, grand theft bloggo? As easy to steal as candy on a shelf outside of a  store, but worth a lot more.
If you wish to use a photo from someone else's website you need to contact them for permission, and then at least credit them with a link back from your site. Embedding an image in your site with a link back to where it came from seems to be the minimum the search engines are demanding.
Many of the photos took a lot of time and money to take. A person  can learn a little html so the site that 'gave'  the photo does not get zinged by the search engines. To add to our distaste of sites that steal our photos,  search engines have a tendency to down grade our images and put the posers sites high in the search results. So we spend 5 hours taking,(standing in a bush and getting bitten,) processing and posting an image, the image floats to the top of the search results, someone steals it, we drop to 70th, or disappear altogether, and our image on their site goes to #1.
It's gotten so bad that many sites are shutting off access to their images. We had to watermark ours. But they're still being stolen.
I not sure why, but if one of our images for a plant is stolen, all our images for that plant disappear.
But!! We allow the use of any of our photos for free, (as long as a site follows  a few simple guidelines) because all of our photos are licensed under  a Creative Commons License. We've filed at least 1000 (2000?) Copyright Infringement Notices (DMCA). We do not want to have to deal with it, but we were disappearing from the search results and our customers could not find us. Many of the sites that took our content were downright offensive. Our Redwood photos were on gun sites with guys in camouflage gear hiding behind the trees.
A Zauschneria septentrionalis,(Epilobium sept.) Mattole river flower
You can drag and drop the image into Kompozer and it will automatically carry through the link.
Then you can change to the 'Source' view and copy everything between the body tags. Do not include the body tag nor the . Then paste that into your web page or Blog.
Salvia dorrii in with Artemisia tridentata and Pinus monophylla. - grid24_6
We drove 7 hours looking for Salvia dorrii. We finally found it up near the Pacific Crest Trail at about 5500 ft. . We've since found it in many other locations that were not 3 hours off pavement.
Many of the search engines are being pressured (fined/sued?) over this and are beginning to take down the offending sites themselves. So if a site gets DMCA notices from more than one other site, the offending site is at risk of being removed from Google's search results. If a site gets a DMCA notice the sites provider can suspend thier account. Not pleasant. It takes about 30 seconds to file on a site that has taken our copyrighted material.
It takes us a lot of effort to contact folks that we think are innocents. Volunteer sites and forums seem to be the most prone to 'donated' images. We try to contact them rather than file on them. Some folks seem to want you to file; very unpleasant people.
You can find if someone used your images by using search by image. Firefox includes that in their browser. Right click on the image you see and search by images.
How can you use our images? You can use SeaMonkey or Kompozer to work up a copy of our image, make a simple text link to it with "copyrighted photo used with permission of laspilitas.com". You may find the software you are currently using will also do this. Go to the page where the photo you want to use is and try dragging it into your article and see if it carries the link.
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