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.