June 27: Image Copyright for Bloggers with Aaron Hockley

Are you wondering about how copyright affects your blog? How can you find images to use on your site while respecting the photographer’s copyright? Curious about how much trouble you could find yourself in if you use an image without permission?

Photographer and blogger Aaron Hockley will discuss Copyright for Bloggers at this month’s meeting. With many years of experience as both a photographer and a blogger, you’ll learn:

  • A quick overview of US copyright law
  • How copyright affects the use of images and other media on a blog
  • What could happen if one uses an image without proper licensing
  • Options for finding free and low-cost images for use on a blog
  • What can one do if they find someone else is using their content
    without permission?

The presentation will likely run about 30 minutes with time for questions and answers as well.

Aaron Hockley is a Vancouver, Washington photographer and blogger who spends a lot of time thinking and writing about the intersection of those two activities. He has presented at BlogWorld & New Media Expo, several WordCamps, and other user groups and panels throughout the Northwest.

RSVP on Meetup or Upcoming.

Note: Aaron’s not a lawyer, and this session is not intended as legal advice.

Meeting Date Change! Now on April 25.

Due to semi-popular demand, we’ve decided to try a new meeting day this month. Instead of meeting on the third Thursday, we’ll be meeting on Monday, April 25 at Nedspace Downtown, 920 SW 3rd Avenue.

Join us on April 25 for a chance to win a free pass to the Open Source Bridge conference in Portland on June 21-24.

If don’t win, or if you can’t make it to the user group meeting, Open Source Bridge is offering a special user group rate of $200 for the entire conference! That’s $25 off of the early bird rate, and $100 off of the regular rate. Just use the discount code “osbugluv” when registering.

Hope to see you on Monday, April 25!

Meeting Thursday, March 17

Hey! We’re having a St. Patrick’s Day meeting. We’ll be talking about WordCamp Seattle, the Open Source Bridge conference in Portland, and using WordPress to do good (like, using it to quickly set up a website for a good cause). I’ll bring the Girl Scout cookies. Bring your thoughts, questions and tips as well!

We’ll be at NedSpace Downtown, 920 SW 3rd Avenue, from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. RSVP at either Meetup or Upcoming.

November Recap: E-Commerce and WordPress

Thank you so much to Nedra Rezinas for speaking at our November meeting! She gave an informative talk on the various e-commerce plugins and systems available for use with WordPress. As promised, her slides have been posted online at SlideShare.

Hood River WordPress Meetup

We’ll be having our regular Portland meeting on August 19, but meanwhile, I wanted to let you know that Callie Carroll is hosting an informal WordPress meetup/unconference in Hood River this Sunday, August 1! Here’s the information from her email to our Google Group (I didn’t post her phone #/email, but you can contact her via Twitter or leave a comment here):

For anyone interested in a short jaunt away from Portland this
weekend, I am hosting a last-minute WordPress unconference/meeting/
camp/chat, at 2pm on Sunday, at this location:

Ground Coffee
12 Oak Street
Hood River, OR

Hood River is family-friendly, and full of shopping and restaurants,
so bring your non-WP-loving family and set them loose. Street parking
is free on the weekends.

Wifi is available, and coffee, beer, and sandwiches are sold on the
premises at Ground. The shop can be very busy, so we will move to the
semi-private office at the end of the hall if that’s more appropriate,
and a sign will be posted to direct you. I don’t have a projector, but
bring your laptop and a VNC client!

RSVP to me privately via email, phone, SMS, or Tweet (@cusability), so
I can get an idea of the size of the group, and plan on having enough
chairs and tables.


// Callie B. Carroll, MS-HCI //
// User Experience Design //
// http://www.cUsability.com //

July…what day is it?

I’m emerging from our family-wide summer break to remind you about our next meeting, and I can’t even remember what the date is! But the calendar says that this Thursday is July 15, and that it is indeed the third Thursday in July.

Let’s talk content, shall we? We talked about SEO a little bit last month, with several people strongly asserting that good content is more important than any other SEO technique. Be prepared to tell us what you write about, or what you want to write about, and how you keep coming up with content on a regular basis. I always learn something new from someone else on this subject.

See you on Thursday, 6:00 p.m. at Webtrends, 851 SW 6th Avenue, Suite 1600. RSVP on Upcoming.