What can I contribute to the continuing debate about copyright and artist rights? There are many good resources available online to help you sort through this complex issue. A more local source that provides some insight, at Red Bubble, is ; do yourself a favour and read it. Of course, each country has its own copyright/intellectual property laws, along with international edicts. It’s up to you to inform yourself on this subject.
As a long-time photoblogger, copyright has always been a concern. As someone who has had her worked stripped for use to promote another online electronic image search database product, I know the feeling very well. Some tips (photographically speaking; can’t comment for other artists):
1. Choose a photoblogging platform that provides a clearfilm protection for your images that prevents right-click downloads.
2. Always upload images that are 800px or less, with a file size 100Kb or less. Anything larger than that can be printed using the right software. Any smaller-image files, such as 400px or less aren’t of much use to anyone.
3. As a final measure, make sure the blogging platform provides a watermark capability; otherwise, add your own.
4. As a photographer using a digital SLR, make sure you have your copyright details embedded within your camera’s database. This makes it not so easy to edit and identifies the image as yours, no matter what may have been done to it by someone else.
5. If you haven’t done 4. above, get yourself IrfanView or Lightroom and include as much detail as you can. In IrfanView it is the IPTC section; in Lightroom it is the Metadata section.
Good luck everybody!
Merry Christmas and have a reasonably hassle-free 2012, living life as full as possible!