I’m shocked that in less than a week I’ve found more than two cases of “foto theft” … this being photos of YOUR work, being featured on other blogs and passed as THEIR work. How horrid is that!
Cyber theft, plagiarism call it whatever you want, for newbies like me on the “blogesphere” is a big worry and I’d like to make you aware of it.
Although one might find it amusing or a compliment to find people might like your crochet pics… I certainly wouldn’t be delighted to find pics of my family, children, husband etc being featured perhaps in a more unsavoury manner… understand what I’m trying to say here???!!!
Just like the majority of you out there, I’m just a simple girl at heart… All I want to do is crochet, proudly show off my creations, my family and cyber rant to those of you who understand me to spare those close to me the headache!
SO WHAT CAN WE DO TO PROTECT OUR PHOTOS, INNOCENT POSTINGS and HARD WORK FROM GETTING INTO THE WRONG HANDS? How can we make this type of theft less frequent?
Well, not being a solicitor and neither really understanding copywrite laws, nor geeky software which could be used, these are a few pointers which I’ve picked up to make sure nobody uses your material without your knowledge.
Pasting a copy of the paragraph below onto your site to put them off a little:
© [Full Name] and [Blog Name], [Current Year orYearRange]. Unauthorized use and/or duplication of this material without express and written permission from this blog’s author and/or owner is strictly prohibited. Excerpts and links may be used, provided that full and clear credit is given to [Your Name] and [Your Blog Name] with appropriate and specific direction to the original content.
Using a watermark. ( like I have above) on your photos
Although, watermarks can be photoshopped out, they are still a deterrent, because photoshopping will take time.
Crop a photo before uploading it. Perhaps it may help if the picture you posted is part of a bigger original.? That may help resolve any doubt about who really shot the picture.? This will help if/ when you are threatening legal action
Try using protection Software… ( if you know how to!)
Prevent Right clicking – You can use this little code to prevent people from right clicking on an image and downloading it.? It’s an easy enough fix, especially in WordPress.
Prevent people from linking directly to images on your blog – This solution is only applicable to self-hosted blogs. After my initial double take, I realized it wasn’t really a difficult fix either
Without further ado… most of the information above was copied and pasted from my WordPress provider, some directly off Flickr too, as they have the advice and information on there for you ..I just wanted to remind you all to have a read of these, or refer to your relevent blog providers and photo sharing sites.
Finally… what do you think of my the progress on my blankets so far???
Have a great rest of the week…. I’ll be posting more later in the week
All my love Helen x