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3.24.2014

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i am writing this for all the talented, creative peeps who choose to share their work with the world.  the photographers, bloggers, the crafters, the cooks, the artists, the writers and anyone else who has opened themselves up to criticism and praise that comes from being on the web.  many of you i know and alot of you i don't.  some have been featured here and others i hope to have here one day. i admire your work and equally so think your work not only deserves recognition, but should be credited when used on other sites and blogs.



recently, i had a conversation with a sweet friend (who happened to write one of the first blogs i ever read) about her choice to leave the blogging community. to my dismay, a very not so nice person (insert a few other choice words here) decided to hijack photos of her baby and post them around the web.  this not only infuriated me, but caused a bit of sadness since she is quite the talent and takes photos like nobody's business.  i will miss seeing them, but lucky for me, we will stay in touch.  i must say, it makes me wonder if putting yourself (and your creative talent) out there is really worth it.  and if your said talent, experiences, and writing can not be shared, then what's the point of continuing to hone those skills. and even more, why are there people who refuse to respect your work and feel they have the right to just claim it as their own or better yet, to not give credit where it is due.

i have not had anything like this happen, but have had the pleasure of words being copied + pasted off my blog and placed on another.  if you have not already, please check out my "blog courtesy" on the sidebar. i would appreciate it ... and i'm sure there are others who would appreciate the same courtesy too.

give credit to me and my peeps.
we work hard on our content.
we strive to be original.
even more, our work is our own.
(and by all means if you find something here that has not been linked correctly, let me know).

this concludes this public service announcement.




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11 comments:

  1. it's amazing that people do this. how can you have any pride at all in what you're doing if you're stealing someone else's work? what is the point of making art, writing, or whatever you're doing if you can't even call it your own?
    sorry to hear that this happened to your friend.
    hope your monday rocks

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    1. thanks alisha for sharing your thoughts ... hope the day is rockin' for you as well.

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  2. I think it's very important to give credit where it's due, if you find a picture that has no credit given, like on pinterest, at least link it to where you found it, so that person can see where you got it and contact that person to say it's their work and get it noted. I've seen a lot of blogs try and pass work off as their own and I think it's really sad. I do photography and I get a little freaked out about putting it online because of people stealing others' work. I definitely never put pictures of my children on my blog for that very reason, you just don't know who will take your photos, even if you say don't use them. I find my face on different sites like pinterest or tumblr, which I don't mind because it's just me & happily people have linked back to me, so I am grateful for that. But, it should be a given for people to do. It's really sad she left, though I can understand. I hope maybe she'll come back one day or something!! Great post doll, I hope you have a great start to the week :) xx

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    1. thanks for your response kizzy! and i love your photography as well. thanks so much for sharing your travels and world abroad. you truly make me daydream of places that i one day hope to see. x

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  3. Good post! What happened to your friend has happened to a few of mine. Think with instagram, facebook, twitter, and all that other social media outlets content and photos are constantly being hijacked. Ever watch that show Catfish on mtv, that show is enough to scare anyone from posting photos online. It's a crazy world we live in and think a lot of bloggers struggle with posting photos, especially personal ones, online because you just never know who is not only looking at them but using them as well. Some days it just feels confusing as to what to share online and what not to.

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    1. no i have not watched catfish but have heard about it. and you are right, with all the social media we now have, lifting a photo has become quite easy. thanks for stopping by today and weighing in and sharing your opinion.

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  4. I even try to credit whose blog I saw something on...even if that content is someone else's blog! I think with community we should be helping one another. Blogging is a group project and we all have done work on it!
    Those who don't give credit often are the people you hated doing group projects with--the one's who took the A, but did nothing to earn it!
    If someone let's me know that I took something from them I will QUICKLY remedy that. This happened to another blogger I follow too. They stole her banner and used it as theirs. It's crazy!

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    1. please tell me how do you hijack a banner?! you are right, this is crazy and i think i have now heard it all! i guess bloggers will have to get a little more creative in finding ways to keep our stuff on lockdown!

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  5. I have heard of this happening to so many people, but I'm not sure how/if I would even know if it has ever happened to me? I guess ignorance is bliss - or maybe not?
    Anyhoo ----- I love your simplistic approach and attitude on all things called "life" :)

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  6. This post made me sad and angry. About 2years ago, I found out from a friend of a friend that someone was using my dandelion picture as their cover photo on Facebook. At the time, I thought because I wasn't a professional photographer that I had no right to be mad, now I realize that was my work. And pro or not, I deserved credit.

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  7. This is a VERY common issue, one that touches all creatives! I have a group of jewelry friends on FB and almost every one of us has had our own jewelry designs copied (and then listed as someone else's product). It's a tough subject, copying is an infringement on so many levels, and it just feels violating. I have come to realize the best course of action is to keep doing/sharing what you want to share (although I agree that the line should be drawn when a child's safety or privacy is at stake- and I don't generally post my own kid's photos on social media for that reason) and be content with your own work, and try not to let the copiers steal any more from you than the photo or design. Great post Chandra!

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