Good news from

As most of you know, I have copyright issues with Youtube. I was wondering if that was the same with photos taken from

A lot of pictures on the internet have a copyright. Using it without permission can gives a lot of troubles. So I sent QRZ an email. The QRZ Support Team replied as follows:

"Photos on QRZ are not generally copyrighted material unless they say so in something like a watermark on the photo. We would ask that you be respectful and remove an image should a member ask you to do so."

I think that is good news!

The old blog of mine is still attainable for old postings. But for new posting I continue here because I like the URL. When I change my call sign again, I can still go on here.

Paul Stam, PC4T, is a regular contributor to and writes from the Netherlands. Contact him at [email protected].

5 Responses to “Good news from”

  • Matt NM9O:

    All images have a copyright, just by the act of creating them.
    There doesn’t have to be a notice, there doesn’t have to be a watermark.

    If you want to use an image, and it does not specifically state that it is free to use or licensed under something like Creative Commons, ask the author first.

  • PC4T:

    Hi Matt, thanks for your advise. I will be careful and ask permission first from the author. Thanks, 73 Paul

  • Don N4KC:

    Matt is correct. Unless specifically stated, you have to assume any image, article, or other content is copyrighted.

    The Internet is contributing to a wild, wild west mentality when it comes to copyright and ownership of creative content. Copyright owners are fighting back, and it could get expensive for some who ignore ownership.


    Don N4KC

  • Nolan - KI5IO:

    Agreed with Don as well. As a licensed home inspector (Texas) it is easy to pick up images for use on websites and even generic graphics or actual images for use in reports as an explanation for my clients.

    It is very important to get the OK for the use of the graphic, clip-art or image.

    You just don’t want the letter, e-mail, phone call from any attorney.


    Nolan K.

  • Henry N6HCM:

    They’re right … there’s a website which presents copyright issues pretty clearly (the law is intentionally vague in some areas)–go to and you’ll find it all.

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