This is a follow up from yesterday when I discovered that someone had posted one of my most popular images. You can read all about it Here
Thank you so much to everyone who posted thoughts and ideas on this very difficult subject. As many seasoned artists and photographers will tell you… “Nothing is safe on the Internet/” I am beginning to realize just how true this is.
I went to Google Images and typed in my name. Guess what? I found DOZENS of my images there and most of them came back to Red Bubble. Some were images that I had posted of Murphy just last week. Yikes! Somebody is making a full time job of it just to keep up with the art and photography we post on a daily basis. Just want to say here that I was given credit and the image was a very low resolution. (Some comfort in that!)
Just so you know, as I looked up a few friends, I found some of their images came from RB, Fine Art America, Blog Spot, Pinterest, Blue Canvas, Twitter, linkedin.com, Webshots, domotica.com, vimeo and zazzle. There are probably more, but I quit there. All of you are going to be there along with your works. Not only that, if you leave a comment for another artist, your name is going to be attached to their image.
What an education this has been. Always, I have felt very confident on RB that my images are safe, but the reality is that any time we put something out on the internet, it WILL turn up SOMEWHERE.
SO, with that being said, and the time it has taken me to think this over, I am reminded of something I wrote nearly two years ago. Click Here
It rather puts the whole thing in the right perspective. :~)
UPDATE: FACEBOOK HAD REMOVED MY IMAGE AND THIS PERSON’ SITE HAS BEEN CLOSED DOWN PENDING FURTHER INVESTIGATION. STILL, WE MUST ALL BE AWARE THAT WHENEVER WE POST WORK ANYWHERE ON THE INTERNET, IT IS NOT SAFE FROM PEOPLE WHO INTENTIONALLY OR UNINTENTIONALLY LIFT IT.