Anyone who is a little web saavy knows that online images have a URL and can be linked to from outside websites. If you do this without the owner's permission it's called stealing bandwidth, and it can cost the owner money if it's severe enough. This happened everyday to me, back then, and I spent more time tracking down thieves than making graphics. Eventually I closed up shop because of it. It's no fun to spend hours or days creating something beautiful and then have someone steal it and not give credit to the creator.
Ironically enough the same thing has happened to one of my clay creations. I wonder if it's karma biting me in the ass? Some months ago I found myself in the middle of a copying/ethical situation where I was the 'bad guy'. My error was made in complete ignorance. It was an honest mistake. If I had been part of the "in crowd"..or maybe the more financially capable crowd...it would have never happened. But I am not one of the fortunate clayers who are able to take classes and attend conferences. I did not know 'the rules'.
I'm hoping the writer of this blog article is making an honest mistake also. I am trying to extend the same kindness that was given to me when I screwed up. Yesterday I left the guy a comment informing him that I was the creator of the pink and black bracelet, and would appreciate a link back and proper credit for creating it. He is also stealing bandwidth from Flickr where my picture is stored. So far he has taken the time to delete my comment but not correct his error. This is making me think it was not an 'honest mistake'.
I also saw a lady commented asking him if he'd be interested in making beads for her. Is this because she thinks MY bracelet is his creation? I wonder.
He also linked to two videos. But he did not clearly state WHO made them. A ton of time goes into making one of those! Those people deserve an appreciative knod.
Anyway...it's just frustrating. A day has passed since I sent a message and so far there is no sign of 'doing the right thing'. *big sigh* I do not want to delete the picture from my flickr album. It is my most popular picture. Quite a few people have marked it as a flickr favorite and left such wonderful comments. If I delete the picture, just to take it off this guy's blog then I lose the flickr history associated with it. But it may be my only option. Honest mistakes are fine. Just being a jerk is not.
What would you do? Do I just turn the other cheek and ignore it? Or do I create a new watermarked picture, upload it, and delete the original? Wait? I'd be interested to know what you think.