flattered or flabbergasted? my photos on pinterest



i was on Pinterest today, and looked up "cute christmas couple photo ideas" for inspiration. and i came across a pin with "51 ideas" that looked interesting.

lo and behold, who's photo is in the bottom left hand corner? THIS MOI'S.  (read the original post here.)

and i was like, "alright! cool beans. someone likes my work and featured it!"

and then i looked. and there was no credit. no link back to the original source.

and then i looked further, and on pinterest the same image, MY image, has THOUSANDS of repins & likes. thousands. and who gets the credit? where does it link back to? the site the posted it without my permission.

you guys, i'm not usually one to be all up in arms about this kind of stuff when it comes to me, because i can hold my own. but this is just wrong. and hurtful. and not just to me, to everyone, every one of those photos and people have no links or sources. how does that make them feel? this stuff happens all the time to a whole bunch of people, and it's not okay.

and really? all of this traffic could be coming back to my site and it's not. it's hurting my work. being an artist and not getting credit for work is damaging in all sorts of ways.

just keep your eyes open. if you see anyone knowingly infringing on someone's intellectual property/copyright, speak up. & don't do it yourself. amen.

13 comments:

  1. I hope you emailed them! And commented! Grrrrr. I hate it when people do that. Giving credit is so important!

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    1. I can't stand it either. it was a really crappy website, so I did my best. I guess we'll just see what happens!

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  2. And this is why a big part of me REALLY hates Pinterest. I wrote a big final paper my senior year on Pinterest and how users violate copyright ALL the time. I love it for when people use it as a tool to get inspired, but how can anyone feel good about ripping another person's work? I'm sorry this happened to you. You are an amazing artist.

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    1. well thanks Kels, it's all good. it's the ripping off that i can't stand either. & i would actually really like to read that paper.

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  3. HI!! I just found your blog! :)
    But...... that really is so annoying. So many people out there just don't get it. I love when people actually use links and give credit and that leads me to finding a blog that I can't live without. Internet etiquette is important.

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    1. i agree, internet etiquette is everything. but i guess there will always be thieves no matter where you are. nice to meet you!

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  4. aweeeeeeee. that's such a bummer! you should see if you can get it changed or something since your stuff is copyrighted!
    xoxo
    e
    nine-fortytwo.blogspot.com

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    1. i tried, so i'll see what actually happens! thanks for the support

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  5. Totally understand. There is an old Instagram picture of mine that I have seen floating around pinterest and it never links back to me. So frustrating.

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    1. ugh i'm sorry. it really is the worst. maybe someday we can all link, and there will be peace.

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  6. Aw, that's the worst! I'm sorry girl! Especially because that Christmas card is beyond adorable and inspiring! I'll keep my eyes peeled :)
    xo TJ

    http://www.hislittlelady.com

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  7. whaaat that's terrible! i'd be so disappointed if it got that many pins and you get none of the traffic. that's just lazy posting on the person's part- if you can go out of your way finding all these couple ideas then you can definitely link them.

    xo Marlen
    Messages on a Napkin

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  8. That's so frustrating and infuriating :( I believe so strongly in giving credit where credit is due - especially in creative fields when it's already so, so hard to get acknowledgement!

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