Today my article, "How to Check the Status of Google Apps, Windows Live or Azure" was published on Suite 101. The interesting problem was that I had done the following for the images:
  • Capture a dashboard screen (eg Google Apps)
  • Paste into MS Paint
  • Annotate inside Paint
  • Save as a JPEG
  • Post on my DeHaan Services blog 
So I figured that I had the copyright to the images; after all, I had done actual work on them.

Not so, said my editor: I need permission to use the screen captures.

Rather than pursue Google and Microsoft...since they might never reply to a no-name freelance writer, for all I know...I mocked-up the main information from scratch in Excel worksheets and copied them into Paint. The three final steps merely repeated what I had done with the screen captures.

I also e-mailed my plan to the editor, so he would not think I was trying to pull one over on him.

TIP: Screen captures are not "commercial re-use with modification", as an image license might say. Either get explicit permission or work around it by making a recognizably-different image.

Mock-up of Google Apps Status Dashboard; original work by Mike DeHaan

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