(Here's a link to catch you up if you didn't catch yesterday's blog and have no idea what I'm talking about: http://www.roniloren.com/blog/2012/7/20/bloggers-beware-you-can-get-sued-for-using-pics-on-your-blog.html#disqus_thread ).
It makes absolute sense that sharing copyrighted photos or work is wrong. It is stealing, and I can't believe that I never even thought about it. I actually don't post photos I found somewhere else on my blog, as far as I know I've only ever posted my own photos, but I use YouTube extensively, in fact, it's rather become my trademark. Most of the channels I subscribe to are artists who post their work to share. Things like New Song Cafe are "shows" that offer them the opportunity to explain the meaning behind the song, and give a tutorial on how to play and sing the song at their own worship services or at home. But, as one of my friends pointed out, there is no way of knowing for sure. So at this point, I'm in a quandry. Part of me still wants to try to look for videos that are okay to share, and/or just post links to the original instead of posting it on my own blog, but at this point, knowing that I might be in the wrong, knowing that it would not be a good witness, I am going to look for another way, and most of all, I am going to pray about it.
I know, recording my own YouTube videos for every song I want to use is an option...I think. But then are you "stealing" the song? Just because it's out there all over the place doesn't make it right. So I only post videos of songs that I wrote...which is possible, but we don't have a huge collection right now. I don't know. Lots of questions, few answers, lots of information to be sifted through and dissected.