Friday, October 25, 2013

Copyright Infringement: Weird Excuse

Recently I was told by an infringer that not only was I lucky they used my image, it's a great way for people to notice my artwork. 

Yes, so how do people notice YOUR artwork if nobody knows it's YOUR artwork?

The whole point is to be noticed so people will either buy your work or licence your work, yes!

  Copyright Infringement Excuses
  • But we didn't make money off it
  • But we downloaded it from google image search and didn't think there was copyright attached (company told me this one)
  • It was used for non profit event
  • Millions of others are doing it
  • We are no longer using the image so we shouldn't have to pay for it.
  • The web designer/intern did it
  • You are not a professional 
  • We changed the colours and it's fair use
  • We added text and transformed it so it's fair use.
  • A designer in Belgium sold it to me
  • no copyright infringement intended
  • It's a good way to promote your work
  • Well it's not a very good image anyway

I love Pixsy's list of copyright infringement excuses and explanations on why they are stupid. A common one is "your photo isn't that great".  Amazing how an image suddenly becomes "crappy" when the infringer is caught ;)

From Photo Attorney Carolyn E.Wright the legal angle of the most common excuses.

As PetaPixel states, "google is a not a free stock photo agency", and images on facebook are not public domain.

Friday, October 18, 2013

Sunday, October 13, 2013

David Byrne article so IRONIC

It is titled "the internet will suck all creative content out of the world," and featured in the Guardian News.
"The boom in digital streaming may generate profits for record labels and free content for consumers, but it spells disaster for today's artists across the creative industries".

HELLO readers, yes, a disaster!
The IRONY part.
Some of the WORST offenders in my case, and the bulk of copyright theft and abuse of my images, have been by, you guessed it, musicians, singers, recording artists,  bands, dj's, etc. 

It has become impossible for me to continue to share images on my blog now because they get sucked up, scraped, hotlinked, shared, pinned, distributed, ripped off, sold, and most often by the very people who are the first to scream copyright of their OWN label, brand, work.

It's great that someone started the Content Creators Coalition to empower creatives (specifically musicians) BUT really what about when it's the recording artists, etc who are ripping off visual artists like me and YOU? 

Just pondering the ironies in this mad world we called the internet ;)

Just this weekend I found three music sites that "had" used my images and I guess removed them before I filed notices (cached on google image search).

Wednesday, October 02, 2013

The Most Famous Artist You Don't Know

Yes, me!

 I don't care about being famous, but I sure as hell would like to get paid like one, & credited for my work.

I put a lot of time,love and effort into it and expect to be payed for it.
You like to get paid (that's how you pay the bills right) and get credit when it's due, YES?

Like many creatives/photographers I do a quick image search once a week and found several of my works being used without credit, permission or any form of compensation.

Note: Since May 2013 any images I post online are now low res and watermarked. All these infringements are from work prior to my discovering reverse image search in May 2013.

The copyright infringement and outright theft continues and the list grows.  

Recently added to the list
  1. My Dotty Spin Art used by DJ on mixcloud digital  album
  2. White Blossom Spin Art used by singer for digital album
  3. Photo of my painted bottle sold in Second Life member shop. 
  4. My Evil Eye Design from 2010 used for an album cover in 2011,and frankly I would love to know how someone was able to "finalize the design for the album" since I never gave permission for it to be used ;) Seen in the Pittsburgh City Paper.
  5. Music video uses my coaster design
  6. Indian News site uses photo I took of my Victorian Bird Cage.

Then there are the usual scraper sites that hotlink or steal images with ad or porn links, OR just offer them free for downloading.  Tara Bradford has an extensive list of them on her article "How Image Sharing Sites Are Undermining Photography."


If you really LOVE my work that much folks, drop into the Winds Cafe and buy some of my work, or drop by Village Artisans where you can buy your very own Dotty painting in their Bound2B Round exhibit.
you can always licence my images, much cheaper than the cost of my lawyer sending you a bill.