Mel Sinclair

Brisbane, Australia

I try to spend my life finding the simple, beautiful moments happening all around us. As a Creative Photographer, I like to interpret...

Down the Rabbit Hole...

Well, as it is my day off work, I have been actively maintaining my bubble profile, adding things, subtracting things, poking around and tightening screws (so to say). Not to mention out and about with my newly acquired D200, learning how it works, how much more freedom I have…

As I do from time to time, I “google” myself. My real name, my username, and see what pops up on the world wide-universe. You get the usual stuff, the things you’ve signed up to, places like this where you use your name or alais to write or respond to something, that’s to be expected.

Then there’s the unexpected.
Google images revealed to me a number of places, people on blogs and other forums who’ve been pinching my images and using them to illustrate posts, points of view… some of my work is even on Hackers forums.

Is the rage inside of me justified? Am I allowed to be angry that my images were taken out of context and used without my expressed permission? Whenever this happens I feel like scribbling watermarks all over them so nobody can use them. Or should I be happy that someone thinks they’re good enough to use without having to ask me?

I guess it really throws “copyright and ownership” of images into question.
Had someone asked me, i would have said yes, its a curteous thing to do i guess.

The places in which I found my work were all in another language, prompting me to think that even if i emailed someone asking them to remove my image, they wouldn’t understand it anyway.

So in this case, I followed the scent down the rabbit hole, and I’m not liking what I’ve seen.
How do you find a balance between accepting it’s gonna happen and preventing it?

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