Pages

Friday, May 29, 2009

riddle me this


W
hat do you think about mediocre or even less than that type of content all copyrighted like someone would ever want to steal it? I dont watermark my pictures or my content because I dare you to take it. Huh? Whats the deal here? Am I missing something?

EDIT: I was feeling cranky on two levels when I wrote this: 1. the fact that people have the audacity to steal someone elses work and 2. I hate to see pictures, any pictures, all muddled up with watermarks because people have the audacity to steal....I posted this as an example of what bothers me most - big watermarks standing guard because it eventually will come to this!

34 comments:

Jenn said...

Is someone stealing your pictures? It's been happening to quite bit to a lot of people lately. Total bummer.

Love the action going on in that plate!

Micky-T said...

hmmm...you do take really good pictures and a lot of them are far above mediocre.

doggybloggy said...

jennI: I have been hearing of that going around

micky-t: I am more referring to 'bad' photos out there that people are trying to 'protect'

girlichef said...

I have had a couple stolen...they were probably mediocre, but they were mine. I'm sure each person's labor or love is sacred to them and it blows to have somebody some along and treat it like it's just another photo. That's the way I see it.

doggybloggy said...

girli: I hear you, I posted an edit to try and clear up my thinking on this one - but I think I am still unclear though.....

Dana said...

What is really interesting is that copyright law dictates there is no need for watermarks - or even a statement - for the work to be protected. Once you hit publish, it is protected, but who is really going to prosecute copyright infringers?

The stealing bothers me - a great deal - but so does the ignorance.

snugs said...

forget the pictures, I am stealing that place of food!

5 Star Foodie said...

This exactly what I've been thinking too. I hear about picture/post stealing a lot and was considering putting watermarks on my pictures but I like my pictures without watermarks and haven't done it yet. The only ones I put copyright on so far were the travel pictures from London.

Cate O'Malley said...

'Tis a shame that we all don't have the same moral compass. The dinner sure looks good though!

pigpigscorner said...

For me, I just like to mark my property =P Yea, I heard lots of other people's work got stolen and you wonder why they have the guts to even publish it!

teresa said...

I'd probably die if someone found one of my pictures worth stealing, but i can imagine how frustrating it would be, especially with a beautiful picture like yours!

Pavithra said...

Forget abt pictures..platter is looking so lovely and tempting....

Dawn said...

god don't even get me started on this issue! I hate the fact that I have to resort to putting my name on my photos because some lazy jerkoff decided it was easier to steal my stuff than create his/her own.
I believe a perfect photo should not have any writing on it unless it was created by jean michel basquiat.

Marjie said...

Watermarks are bothersome. So are lazy people who take the work of others and claim it as their own. Hope you're feeling better today, Dog!

doggybloggy said...

dana: that is true and furthermore dont my images have the digital information of my camera and my computer? The ignorance to steal or the ignorance of copyright laws?

snugs: forever the bandit..

5 star: I am still holding out until its absolutely necessary

cate: its chicken fried steak with chile gravy, smashed potato and onion rings

pigpig: a lot of people mark their images - its too bad that we have to to begin with

teresa: I think the ones who steal dont know the difference

pavithra: thanks -

dawn: basquiat - that is exactly my point - I did not compose the image with a watermark in mind...

marjie: I am feeling better thanks - last night this whole thing was really getting my goat!

Ulla said...

YUMMY! YUMMY YUMMY!:)

The Diva on a Diet said...

I get where you're coming from and I agree on both counts. Not a fan of the watermarks and stealing sucks.

That said, I can't imagine marking my pictures - because who the hell would want to steal them? I'm also wondering if I'd care ... hopefully I won't have to find out.

That said, I'd be far more angry if someone were to steal my words. Words are precious to me. Its not that I think I'm a brilliant writer or anything, but my words are so personal. They're part of me.

Meanwhile - pass me one of those onion rings ... before I'm tempted to steal them! ;)

Mo Diva said...

dude, that is really friggin sad! But you're pics are awe-inspiring. the poor shmuck probably couldnt take a pic to save their miserable life. stealing is for losers.

Reeni♥ said...

I've had my entire blog - every post and picture, as is, republished on two other blogs as if it was all their own content. And the clincher is that my blog address was blatantly obvious on the pictures. Haha, that's kind of funny, that someone would be so dumb, and have such nerve. I put my blog address on my pictures not only to deter stealing but as an advertisement. Someone might see it and say that looks yummy and check out my site. Your food is making my tummy rumble, especially those onion rings.

Belle said...

OK - It was me. My husband caught me the other day. I had one of your pictures on the fridge and I was licking it. Let me tell you Doggy - even your pictures taste good.

buffalodick said...

My son is a very good photographer, and has had his photos used as postcards, and political campaigns.. Some people took one of his and put it on a tee-shirt- he called them on it and was compensated..

Sweta said...

Yup-5 of my photos have been copied(and mine aren't even mediocre pictures)!!
I've installed Tracer on my blog-it let's you know if anything is copied from your blog.It's still in the Beta stage,so it doesn't trace who has copied it.Check out:
http://tracer.tynt.com/about

Leela said...

My condolences.

My pix are pretty mediocre, yet that hasn't prevented them from being stolen from time to time. I used to watermark my pix, but being someone who thinks watermark is an eyesore, I stopped a while back.

I'm much, much more agitated with people who steal content, though. For some inexplicable reason, I see that as a much bigger offense - big enough to get me from irritated to livid. With the pictures that I take, I have an easier time separating them from who I am. My words, on the other hand, represent my experience, my feeling, my thought, my very being. To see people copy them and pass them off as their own, sometimes verbatim, feels like having someone else assuming your identity. Ick.

The Cooking Photographer said...

I'm sorry that happened. It is part of the free internet, but you own the copyright from the moment you snap that picture.

If you ever go to publish your work you have all the originals, you will be safe.

But still, I can empathize with you. Years ago I used to be fiercely protective of my work, and am somehow at the point now where I realize I still own the image, and am ok as long as someone doesn't take my work for profit.

Ok Martha Stewart gave me a signed book for one of my pics. Does that count as getting paid lol?

duodishes said...

What is going on in the blogosphere? Folks are so brazen and obnoxious for using someone else's stuff. Don't think anyone's trying to take ours though. Our skills aren't as great. :)

Pooja said...

I too hate someone stealing others hardwork! How much effort is needed to post something let alone taking shots! I agree watermarking is now the best and safe way!

Marta said...

I know... it's upsetting! Just this week I found three of my recipes plagiarised in other sites. It's a bit crushing, but I guess it's the nature of the beats, right? Or am I being too lax? I don't know... but I concur with you, watermarks suck!

Elyse said...

Ugh, what nerve people have! It's really disgusting. Aside from the issue of stealing though, I must say that behind your watermark, the food looks really fabulous! I've been absent for the past week because I had a friend in town, and I love coming back to find all of your yummy dishes awaiting me!

Katherine Aucoin said...

I would have never thought it. I have read on quite a few blogs that they have been victimized. I'm probably one of the last people who has to worry about this.

lisaiscooking said...

Ya, it sucks that we have to think about that. I don't worry too much about it with my site since it doesn't really generate income.

finsmom said...

I am so with you on this!

LK- Healthy Delicious said...

lmao! I saw the pic and was like "oh no, not you too!!!" I understand why people feel the need to do this, but its so annoying. Especialy when the picture isnt good to being with (your are always phenomenal)

Jamie said...

I hate having food photos covered by words and it looks kind of show-offy to me. I try to be very careful which photos I use (mainly on sites that offer photos for non-commercial use) when I take one off the internet. "borrowing" others is lousy. Though one could read it as flattering... Plus I am not sure the photos of my food are worth much without the accompanying post.

TavoLini said...

hell, as long as there's an onion ring on the top, I'll take it with a grain of salt.

Blog Widget by LinkWithin