Lately I've been considering my choice of social media icons. I liked the stamps that I downloaded, but wanted to create a little something on my own that was more in line with my blog design. Plus, there wasn't a pinterest stamp in the set I was using and I wanted to include a link for that.
Here's a link that I found that gives a pretty thorough analysis of what sort of terms we are talking about.
So, I and many other of my blogger friends are doing it wrong. It is an easy mistake to make what with all those adorable little icon sets out there for free download.
What are the consequences for misuse of social media branding ? I'm not sure. I doubt the social icon police are going to knock down my door, or shut down my blog. But, I definitely want to respect copyright rules. As someone who puts their words, images, and art out on the web I have an expectation that my work will not be used without my permission or at least due credit.
Call it karma, call it the golden rule, but it seems only right to play according to the rules. So, I'm taking my little stamps down and when I have time I will replace them with correctly used links.