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