Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Protection Sachet Image Theft


I have a great passion for my religion and for this blog.  I enjoy sharing what I know, and it lights up my life to know that it's being shared.  I would never, ever put a cap on that sharing.  It means the world to me that my readers feel what I create is worthwhile enough to share on their Facebook page or pin it to their Pinterest board or upload it to Tumblr.

Unfortunately, I've noticed an atrocious theft of my work lately.  It goes without saying that this tends to happen when you post things online, but I want to make it clear that that this is absolutely unacceptable.  Always credit the creator, and if they've put their website on the image, DON'T REMOVE IT.

Here are some examples of the blatant ripping I've seen lately, obviously now tagged with my website so I don't perpetuate the issue.

 

Or even this god-awful hacking of my graphic:


And here's the original image:

I saw a Tumblr post with 750+ shares of the first image.  I've seen a Facebook post of the first image with 10k+ shares.  It's disappointing.

I do what I do because I love to do it.  I don't get any money in return.  I have ads up on the side of the blog, but I haven't even been cut a check yet.  Just $6 sitting in my ProjectWonderful account and not nearly close to the $100 Google requires to send you a check.  Though it would be my ideal scenario, I am not being paid to blog.  So when someone takes something I create, purely out of my heart and soul and passion for my religion, and rips the credits off of it, reposting it as their own, it hurts.  It hurts quite a bit.  The fact that so many people have seen this image but have no idea where it comes from is painful for me.

Again, I know it's something that comes with the internet.  I can't stop it now that it's happened.  But if you happen to see the stolen version of the image, could you link them to this post?  Let them know who made it?  At least give me some credit?  

That's seriously and truly all I ask.

7 comments:

  1. Ugh! I have had similar things happen to me on my older blogs. I am currently in the process of developing a new one and this time I am going to take better steps to protect my content. Here is the link to a great article. It is geared toward Wordpress users, but can be applied to Blogspot. http://graphpaperpress.com/blog/protect-website-image-stealing/

    Also, Google searching how to protect you blog from theft will yield several other really great articles.

    Good luck and just know, it happens to the best of us. Just means we are doing something right!

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    1. Agreed. As an artist, I'm aware of all the available precautions when it comes to potential art theft. The reality is that I don't want to disable right click, image download or hotlinking. I want people to be able to share the image however they see fit, download it to their computer, print it out for their BOS or upload it to their own blog. It's the altering that bothers me, and it's not something I can control. It's the risk I run with allowing that kind of activity. But I definitely appreciate the link. I might implement a few of the listed items.

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    3. I posted a link to disable right clicking then realized you didn't want to do that. Lol! I have turned all the images people would want to print for their BOS into PDF files that they can download and print through Google Docs. I wish people would be respectful so we didn't have to worry about this. We should be able to share our content/images and not worry about it being stolen.

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    4. lol I appreciate the thought! And I absolutely agree. It's infuriating!

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  2. Why? Why do people take the time to do this? The url in the original image isn't even covering anything! I don't understand why people bother to take the time to remove a watermark or url on a picture, when they could still post the picture WHILE supporting the person who made it. GAH!

    I just want to remind you that your readers appreciate the material you give out, even if some are shady about sharing it. *hugs*

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    1. This. This so much. I even saw complaints on one of the Facebook ones that the image was so heavily compressed now that it was hard to read. I have to imagine someone threw it into Paint just so they could take credit of the graphic. It's the only reason I would see why someone would pull off the header. Or chop it to pieces. Poorly. So poorly.

      I greatly appreciate your support though! And thank you so much for your comment!

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