Copyright…Someone Stealing YOUR Photos
Do you love taking photos? Go to the perfect place, wait for the perfect moment, or aim for a good angle? Are you anal and take a lot and pick out the good ones to share with friends, family, and the blog community? If you do anyone of these and more than you know how much time and energy it takes to make a good photo.
There are tons of people who value your photos enough to use them. Instead of them asking for permission or giving you/the source credit they rather steal it and use it as their own. As if they were the photographer behind the camera. This is why I am so critical about my photos. There is nothing special about my photos other than that I took them. What I do not mind people to use I do not place my stamp mark with my name. I have use many photos off the net but I have also gave credit with the photo source link. This is why I don’t photo mark all the photos that I share. A way to give back to the image search engines.
You’re probably thinking if I don’t want people to use my photos why not just post what I don’t mind people using. Long story short. I have three friends who photos was stolen from their blogs and another from a Facebook cooking group that she was in. I try to tell you each of the stories short and painless. I started placing my name in big and bold last year when my friend who use to blog photos was use in another cooking blog with modify ingredients. She sadly told me of her misfortune and warned me to start placing my name on my photos. Almost the same happen to another friend that I know. She has her name on her photos but small. Someone took her name off the photo and had the nerve to copy and paste her recipe to their business website. This is when I start not only having my name big and bold on my photos, but also a big annoying circle watermark. If someone have the nerve to steal my photos they have to work hard to edit off my name and watermark. You’re probably thinking yes, they can edit my name and replace it with theirs. Yes they could, but they can never use the image for a book, magazine, or poster. A few months ago my dear friend had her photos and also recipes publish in a magazine. She found out by a friend of hers who know her work. She was highly upset. She contacted the magazine and they done nothing or issue her credit in the next Indian magazine issue. I stress to her when she share her work via her blog or on Facebook she need to place her name not in the corner of her screen but on her food items, also place an annoying watermark over her photos. In my eyes professionals and nonprofessional photographers take a lot of time and energy to take what they see as the perfect shot to tell a story….protect your work.
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