Yeap, you’re looking at a whole page dedicated to copyright issues here on my blog.
Call me stingy, selfish or otherwise but rights are rights.
There had been quite few times where photos I took were copied, removed of it’s watermark and re-posted on other blogs/forums/websites, without permissions and without proper credit. Now this just honestly down right pisses me off.
Imagine all that work I had to go through to take that picture. I love photography and unless you’re one who goes all out and actually do go rather great lengths to capture that perfect image, you won’t understand how it feels when someone just copied your work without permission, rip off the watermarks, and repost your work on his/her/its blog/website without proper credit.
It’s called stealing! For crying out loud. And it hurts when someone steals your work.
All photos you see in my blog are taken by me, and therefore I am the sole owner and photographer of all the photos on this blog that bear my blog’s address as it’s watermark. This even applies to photo’s I’ve posted on places other than my blog.
In fact, all artwork/photos in my blog are released under:
This work is licenced under a
Creative Commons Licence.
–which requires you to attribute (read: give credit) the author if you decide to copy/reuse my work.
On occasions where I have to use someone else’s photo, I make sure that I find out it’s rightful author and inform him or her of usage on my blog or rather, get permission to repost another person’s work on my blog. After which, I make sure that I give proper credit to the said author by linking back or a mention of the author’s name or initial.
If you even half thought that all that is just plain troublesome, by all means, take your own pictures! If you can’t be bothered to take your own pictures, at least give proper credit to people who actually do, when you decide to copy/repost their work.
Although I’m not really strict on the get permission part, at least save yourself some work by just reposting my photos as a whole, and by that I mean retaining it’s watermark. Really, save yourself work to actually crop, blur or cut out my watermarks. Yeah, some people actually do go great lengths just to rid my photos of my watermarks! The nerve.
Note that if you think my arguements in this page is somehow directed at you, I don’t have any personal grudges against you. I did not understand all this copyright-credit-permission nonsense at first, but when I was the one taking the pictures and my work got stolen, I finally realised the importance of all these.
Seriously, name me an artist/author/photographer/painter/artiste who would allow anyone to simply copy and repost their work without credit and stay happy at the same time.
If you’re having a hard time doing so, give up. And if you’re hoping I’m not one of them, give up again. Cos I’m not.
What should you do?
That said, please. If you really want to reuse (steal is a big word, but just so you get the picture) my photos, inform me, or at least give me credit by linking back to my blog or even just a mention of the author would be really nice.
Note that I’m not saying that you can’t use my photos. You can, every single photo on my blog is re distributable (the sentence does not ends here), provided you give proper credit back to me.
And of course, despite my rather serious tone throughout this page, I would like to thank you if you’re going to use my photo on your blog/website. For you to think that my photo is worthy to have a place in your posts is a great honor.
The only thing is ask in return is proper credit. Call me stingy or selfish, but it means a lot to me.