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Frequently Asked Questions

I am devotee and I have a collection of pictures and videos of people who are amputees that I gathered from the Internet, which I'd like to share with my fellow devotees? Should I?

No, you shouldn't. And here is why

There are 2 aspects to this issue:

  1. Private Life

    It is very likely that the pictures and videos that you have been collecting have been taken in the realm of someone else's private life. Most common cases are pictures taken by someone of his amputee belle, at house or at a party, or pictures taken at an orthopaedic shop for the medical file of an amputee patient. These shouldn't have never been "shared" by the original author of the pictures or videos in the first place, and you should be very well inspired not to collect them, and a fortiori, not to re-share them in turn. How tempting this might be to you.

    In most countries, laws exist to protect people's private life. The rule of thumb being you must always receive prior and written permission of a person to publish any picture or video portraying herself, if it has been taken in the realm of private life (a party makes part of someone's private life). This rule, of course, have proven difficult to impossible to respect since the Internet exists and the advent of social networking sites like FaceBook and YouTube. Still, morality and laws suggest that you refrain sharing pictures and videos of others without their explicit and prior conscent.

  2. Copyright

    It is very likely that the pictures and videos that you have been collecting have been produced by professional studios for the purpose of being commercialy distributed. Some people are making a living at producing these pictures and videos and the money they collect doing so is necessary to continue producing such material in the future. Some of these outfits are even financialy helping others with the money they collect at getting better prosthesis or treatment. By collecting these productions without paying the original producer, and a fortiori by re-sharing them later, you are doing harm to some other people, in turn, reducing the likelyness of new material being produced.

    In most countries, laws exist to protect the rights of authors (also named copyright owners). The rule here being that you should always receive prior and written permission of the authors and rights owners to publish any picture or video. And sharing them on the Internet IS publishing.

All in all, you should be very well advised to refrain collecting material available through some Internet channels that are falling under the laws of a) protection of private life and b) copyright. And of course, you should be even more well advised to not redistributing such material.

Collecting images and videos of people, amputees or not, is not wrong in itself as long as you impose yourself to respect their rights to privacy and the rights of the authors of these material.



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