..and when I say funny, I am being very sarcastic… yesterday I discovered that a Instagram account had used one of my photos from this site on their page without crediting me.
Now I am sure this happens a bit but what made me really miffed is the fact that they watermarked the image with their name… and I found out about it from copy of the image that had been shared by someone (again with no credit back to the original image source).
So after seeking advice from my Instagram family I have reached out to the party involved to get them to either credit me or remove the photo.
You will now find a copyright banner on my sidebar…and I recommend if you have not already done it, you should add one. After some research I found that the copyright notice will help if you have to pursue an issue through the Courts…also it is easy to do, costs nothing and can be a deterrent to plagiarism or image theft.
I usually also watermark my photos but have not been watermarking the PMQG Charity quilts because they are not all my work and it felt wrong. The photo however is all mine… that is my back fence for sure…so in future I will watermark the photo to protect them but will credit the amazing people involved in making these wonderful quilts.
Please learn from this lesson and (1) watermark you work; (2) put up a copyright notice and (3) be diligent – if you see work being claimed by someone who you know did not make it say something.
This is the end of the community service announcement. Regular programming will return next week with a showcase of some of the PMQG Charity quilts from the last couple of months.