Lessons Learned

This has been a challenging week for me for many reasons. The first is that that A large part of Montana is on fire and the sleepy little town where we reside is literally smack dab in the middle of them all. Now Montana is a large state so although the fires are between 60 & 160 miles away from us in all directions, we cannot see the flames (thank goodness), but we are enveloped in a cloak of smoke. A little of this is not too bad, but we have had over a month of heavy smoke and it has gotten to the point where I don’t want to go outside or even open the windows. It just makes it too hard for me to breathe.

A series of other minor evens have seriously dampened my week as well and when this happens, I have learned to just lay low and hold really still. If I don’t react everything will just blow over and no harm will be done.

Northstar2Yesterday though I felt I had to react. I discovered that someone had taken one of my photo’s of a quilt block that I had made, and they put it on their site where they are using it to sell their quilt patterns (http://www.handbagsstore.win/product_detail.php?c=mk%20drawstring%20quilt%20pattern%20vector&p=13) . They took the image from my Pinterest page without my permission and I am not too happy about it. So I notified Pinterest and I am currently waiting to hear back from them, as this was a clear cut breach of their copyright infringement laws. Thank goodness for that.

I was able to discover this theft, because I marked the photo clearly with my name. This was a trick that I learned to do years ago when I was working as an equine portrait artist. An artist needs to be able to prove that an image is theirs and there is no better way of doing this than to put your name or website information on it, and a date. The date is very important, because it tells when the work was produced. This is done before posting on the internet. I know this all too well yet I still rarely do it. I will do this from here on though and I encourage everyone who reads this to do the same.

We all work very hard on our creations and we deserve credit. The only way that this is going to happen is if we mark our work with our information. This is very simply to do in almost every editing program so I encourage you to use it, because if your work is on the internet, then someone else is eventually going to take it and post it on their site. Most people will give credit where credit is due, which is perfectly fine, but a few people will try to profit from your work, which is not OK. So please honor your hard work and mark your creations before posting them on the internet.

By the way, this was in my eMail box this morning, I thought the insightfulness of it was interesting:
It is OK. You are all right. You needn’t second guess anymore, Isabella.
Everyone is safe. Nothing “bad” is going to happen. All of the promises have been kept.
And you could not possibly be more adored.
By me,
   The Universe

LOL…a sign?

Happy Creating! (…and mark your photo’s!)


8 thoughts on “Lessons Learned

  1. Wishing you the best with the ongoing fires. I think it would create a level of anxiety, even with them at a “safe” distance. Also on the copyright — BOOOOOOO! BOoooOOOO! to the person who did this to you!! Recently I published a piece on copyright issues. I cannot believe I’ve had (in comments on this post, and other places I’ve discussed it) had people argue that anyone who puts anything on the net gives up their rights to it, that anyone can use it then. NOOOOOOOOOOO! (I could go on. This topic makes me nuts!) So yes, it’s best to mark your photos. That will not prevent people from using them, just as putting a copyright notice on your blog (as I do) won’t prevent people from copying your text whole and presenting it as their own. But if it gives anyone pause, it might be worth the effort.

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    • Thank you for your comment and support Melanie, it means a lot. Can you please send me the link to your article? Please use my contact page so it will come directly to my private eMail. Thank you.


  2. First, I hope you all stay safe from the fires. Fire season started late in Colorado due to all the July rain but it is here now. It is so smoky here in the Denver area from the fires all over the western U.S. that visibility is down to just a few miles. I’m sorry about the copyright issue, but this is a valuable lesson for all of us who share our creations online. I hope Pinterest works with you.

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  3. I hope you and your family remain safe.
    I’m so sorry to hear about the copyright infringement. How absolutely horrible, but I’m also glad you picked it up so we’re able to report it. I admit I do type a name on my photos, but I think nothing of the date aspect. Thanks for the heads up!

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  4. What a week you have had! I’ve been thinking about you and the fires. We had your smoke all the way down in Rapid City last week. It was bad enough here, I can only imagine how bad it is for you! Glad you caught the copyright infringement, hope it works itself out to your satisfaction. Boo on that person!

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    • The smoke is really bad here Kathy. We are nestled in a valley and normally we can look up and see the mountain peaks all around us. Last night we went to take the dogs for a walk in the mountains and visibility was about a mile. After walking for about 10 minutes, we had to turn around because I was having a problem getting air into my lungs. We are the luck ones however and I remind myself that every day. Today we are going up by one of the largest forest fires. I’ll try to take some photo’s to share. Thanks for your comment.

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  5. Pattern creators are also guilty of taking credit for suggestions made by those who buy a pattern and come up with better directions to make it easier to create.. Credit is never given to the person who suggested the change. Sometimes a simple thank you with acknowledgement would be nice. Or perhaps a free copy of a future pattern.

    I bought the Metro Rings pattern by Sew Kind of Wonderful when they first put it out for sale. I worked with it and it kept coming out wrong. I came up with the idea of making red marks on the ruler so it was easier to find my place. I also wrote some helpful hints that were not in the instructions and put them on my quilting blog. I emailed both to Jenny Pedigo and now there is a video on youtube describing what I had suggested. Never a hint of a thank you from her.

    I’m hoping the fires stay far away from you. Wish I could send you some of the rain from Hurricane Nate.

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