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Hello Everyone,

Long-time LEGO fan but new to MOCpages. I operate a blog about brick toys/LEGOs and I've seem some really incredible MOCs on here that I'd like to blog about. I've been all over MOCpages TOS trying to determine if I can use images posted by creators when blogging about a MOC that they made (with proper attribution) or if I need to contact each creator individually through their comments section?

I found this in the TOS "By writing reviews, uploading files, inputting data, or engaging in any other form of communication through this service, you are granting MOCpages and its owners a perpetual, irrevocable, royalty-free, unrestricted, non-exclusive, worldwide license to use, copy, publish, sub-license, adapt, transmit, archive, restore, perform, or display your content on the Internet." but not sure how that would apply to me as a blog author if I wanted to feature a MOC that I found here on MOCpages.

Thanks for your time...
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| February 23, 2017, 12:51 am
Hi Stanley, generally as long as you provide a link to the creation and say who made it, you're 100% fine. In rare cases someone may ask that you take down your review of their build, in which case just agree to take it down and that's that. But 99.999% of the time people are happy to be featured.

It's nice to notify people that they've been featured, but not necessary. Some blogs do, some don't, both types haven't had any issues.

Good luck with the blog!
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| February 23, 2017, 9:32 am
In the ten years that I've been involved with the online Lego community, I've honestly never encountered a situation where blogging of a builder's work has resulted in a complaint by the builder.

While I'm not certain of the true legalities, the re-posting of images and pages through sites like BrickNerd, Brothers Brick, etc. is extremely common and done literally on a daily basis.

Point being, I think you're safe. And personally, anytime my work is blogged, I consider it an honor to have been selected.

So, go for it. Have fun, and thanks for at least taking the time to ask about the copyright concern...few people care enough to take the trouble. It's much appreciated.

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| February 23, 2017, 9:40 am
Thanks to you both for taking the time to reply, it is much appreciated. I certainly want to be an asset to the LEGO and MOC communities and wanted to be sure I wasn't doing anything that I should not be doing. I definitely feel more comfortable now about referencing someone's MOC now.
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| February 23, 2017, 5:46 pm
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