Hey Folks, I gotta get down off my nice guy toolbox for a minute and discuss something that is really hurting me these days.. If you see any sort of watermark composed of diagonal lines across an image, in my galleries or elsewhere, it means that I did NOT sell the pictures to that or any person:
That image will look like this when someone screen captures the image an posts it in Facebook:
What I do when I run across this behavior is to:
1. Report each image to Facebook, and I have a direct phone relationship on the subject (sad, eh!)
2. Take a screen capture of the Facebook gallery of each captured image in the gallery, as proof, as Facebook will take them down.
3. Send a bill to the person who stole them for $120, which is the price of a single-rider show disc, for each gallery I see represented. (After all, that's what they would have paid purchase what they took. Any eventual legal action would be filed for five times that, which is what copyright law provides for.)
4. Showcase the person who stole them in the very top line of the show that was stolen. I leave it up there until payment is received..
I ask that if you see this type of watermark in any Facebook gallery, please report it to the photographer who took the pictures!
Here is what it may look like if the images are purchased fairly and squarely:
Thursday, March 4, 2010