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It’s not as bad as you think…there are ways to be active on social media and not sacrifice your privacy, (I am there every day),..
I will tell you how to get around this dilemma in my answers to your comments


  • Guendalyn
    Guendalynover 1 year ago


  • I do both as they are necessary to marketing my art, however it means you just have to be careful…there are ways to post your work if you don’t want them sold and I would like to get a discussion going on the topic, so I posted the article to get everyone informed..glad you enjoyed it and thanks so much for the feedback…

    – © Janis Zroback

  • Cindy Schnackel
    Cindy Schnackelover 1 year ago

    Not on Twitter, but I use Facebook very judiciously. I no longer have images that they can do anything with on my personal or public page. I post links, or if I must post an image it’s heavily marked, or an image that’s not of any importance like the photo of my paint brush or an ordinary snapshot of a tree. These sites have made us the product already, and bombard us with ads and sell our personal info. They do not need my artwork, too.

  • I post only links which really is the best for marketing because the viewer has to come here to purchase…no point in adding work without a link to it…FB serves it’s purpose really well if used properly..

    – © Janis Zroback

  • © Jolie  Buchanan
    © Jolie Buchananover 1 year ago

    I regret that I stopped writing in my blog. Both my blog written work and my photo blog were all ripped in the past two weeks. The good note is that I have tracking devices, the bad note is that I’ve had to get an intern to simply help police the efforts of filing paperwork once the person blocks me from a kind request for credit. Kudos out to you Janis for staying on top of this for so many.

  • Jolie…could you clarify?..I don’t quite understand what happened to you..did you have some copyright violation? If so then contacting the person directly never works…a DMCA notice is the only way to go…

    – © Janis Zroback

  • Mui-Ling Teh
    Mui-Ling Tehover 1 year ago

    I also only post links or otherwise heavily watermark my images. No business can be run without risks…

  • No that’s true, but there are precautions you can take…linking to RB works well because even the Thumbnail has your name across the middle…there is no real need to show a larger size…

    – © Janis Zroback

  • heatherfriedman
    heatherfriedmanover 1 year ago

    I am very insecure around facebook.. I don’t understand the timeline thing, or how to be private.. it seems everyone knows my life! So I stopped using it.. only to make comments on other people’s; FB How do you sell your work on FB?? I sell original fine art as an agent for other artists, and my photography services on my website.. how can I promote the site and the work on it?

  • I promote my gallery here through Facebook and Twitter…used intelligently they are valuable marketing tools and have brought me many visitors I would not have otherwise had…that being said you can either promote your work through a public page, in which case it will be only about your work or get a private page and keep it for friends only…privacy settings are there for you to use and they are quite comprehensive…no one can see anything you don’t want them to see…
    I have a personal page but I use it only for art…sometimes I might post something personal but it’s usually something anyone can read..I make my audio clips public, but everything else is for friends only…I did not want a totally public page as I felt it wasn’t necessary and I like to keep control of who sees what…Timeline is only the fact that information roles in steadily throughout the day and night and the page moves accordingly…

    – © Janis Zroback

  • © Jolie  Buchanan
    © Jolie Buchananover 1 year ago

    Yes. Good info Janis. For my graduate studies, I keep a written blog for my art therapy work. Another blogger lifted all my words and blogged them with no attribution; then my photo blog and over 125 photographs are now being sold as wallpaper.

    The intern is helping me track the work so that DCMA can be sent to the appropriate place.

    Where I have seen the most problems is with Instagram and from 1x primarily. I’ve taken down all work from 1×. With Instagram now accepting desktop uploads, many photos have been lifted, a filter thrown onto them, then the person uploads it to Instagram.

    For now I am simply uploading 550px only and completing the paperwork to have it taken down

  • I am so sorry this has happened to you…the net does have some terrible downsides to it…
    Since the work is being sold you can launch a lawsuit…actually you could have even if the works were not for sale..or you can simply bill the sites and the blogger, through your attorney…the DMCAs are usually sent to the site hosts and your intern can find that out by googling Whois for each site…

    – © Janis Zroback

  • retepk
    retepkover 1 year ago

    Thank you Janis for that inportant info.
    I have both a FB and a Twitter account. But, of course, I’m mindful what information I post there. I’m concerned with environmental issues so I happily use those accounts to network those issues.

  • It’s images that are at risk the most, so to protect copyright links are best…..however things that you write could be plagiarized as well by visitors so you have to be also careful there…thanks so much. For the feedback…

    – © Janis Zroback

  • Lisa Gibson
    Lisa Gibsonover 1 year ago

    Oh my! I belong to a few closed artist’s groups on FB, and artists are posting photos of their work constantly. I have posted many of my own as well, but now am reluctant to do so, particularly as I get closer to the point of being able to sell my work. I’d better post a link to this article on those groups & let everyone know. Thank you, Janis!

  • You’re welcome Lisa…always read the terms of service of any site you join and as far as Facebook and other social media sites, do as I do and post only links to your work with thumbnails, not the link itself…

    – © Janis Zroback

  • Mark Wade
    Mark Wadeover 1 year ago

    Yeah… I need to get this stuff in order…including reading the terms for G+.
    Everything I post is typically 72dpi which may not print well, but still fills a computer screen.

  • It’s not the copyright violations only but the use of your images in advertising on the site itself…by the way Google + is even worse…

    – © Janis Zroback

  • © Linda Callaghan
    © Linda Callaghanover 1 year ago

    oh dear..I am not on twitter Janis but I think it is time I popped a watermark on my images that I post to facebook…not sure how to go about this but will look into it…but then again..I wonder if that will deter or stop it happening..? Redbubble images are very small when you use the link but I do sometimes use my images from there. Seems we are all vunerable in this day and age..we have to get our art out there somehow so how do we stop it??

  • The important thing to get from this post is that Facebook can do what they like with your uploading them you are giving them permission to use them anywhere on the site in advertising or anything they want..a watermark would not stop that from happening…
    The second issue is the fact that your larger images can also be stolen and used by copyright violators who know how to remove copyright information such as watermarks…they simply cut them off the bottom…a large one in the middle can be a bit of a deterrent, but the safest way is a link to your images on Redbubble…it’s only a thumbnail and it has your name across the middle, (if you let RB place it there)

    Yes you have to get your art out there, but it’s best to take all precautions to prevent it from being stolen..

    – © Janis Zroback

  • This is the quote from the article..

    “You may be shocked to find out that once you post on these sites, that although you still “own” the photograph, you grant the social media sites a license to use your photograph anyway they see fit for free AND you grant them the right to let others use your picture as well!
    This means that not only can Twitter, Twitpic and Facebook make money from the photograph or video (otherwise, a copyright violation), but these sites are making commercial gain by licensing these images

    The fact that they can let others use your paintings is even more worrying….people can make money from your images without your getting a penny of the revenue…

    – © Janis Zroback