Saturday, February 27, 2010

Stormy Artventures

When it rains it pours.

It's been a wild week over at Stampmaiden's. Lots to share with you all but first let me ask you a couple questions. Did you know that your art is copyrighted once you publish it on the Internet? Just because you don't have the copyright symbol or a blurb about your work being copyrighted doesn't give people permission to take your pictures or artwork for their personal use. Doesn't matter how much they like it, if they take it it's WRONG. This is what's happened to me. My second question is if you know who your followers are. I know some of mine but I check on unfamiliar faces to become acquainted with them. This is how I found my art being used on someones blog. Can you imagine my shock?! Oops, that's a third question and I said I was gonna ask you a couple. LOL!! It was a strange feeling to see pages from my journal on another blog. It was also weird to read a post expressing the same feelings with almost the same exact words that where on my pages. Then I had a thought. "Wait a minute! There's got to be mention of my name somewhere acknowledging me as the artist." I looked. No mention. By this time I was pissed off in a HUGE way.

It wasn't the right time to post about it. I was too upset to think clearly and quite frankly I wasn't sure where to begin because curse words kept getting in the way. It wouldn't make sense to read a post full of shit, fuck, uh, you get it. LOL!

The next day brought me advice from a few artists friends who reassured me that I had every right to be upset so I e-mailed this blogger. I was polite, btw. Maybe that was a mistake, to be polite. That was three days ago and she still hasn't responded to my request that she either acknowledge me as the artist of my journal pages on her blog or remove them. So now I'm wondering if she doesn't give a flying fuck or if she's just plain stupid. Maybe both. I thought leaving a comment on her blog would get her attention. She's got one of those automatic comment gadgets so there's a chance she may never read it cause comments on her blog don't need approval. Now I KNOW she's an idiot. Please know that this does not mean you're an idiot if you have the same automatic comment gadget. LOL!
I don't like this paranoia shit wondering if I should post my latest art work. But not posting it would defeat my purpose for starting a blog in the first place. My art will never hang in a museum. I'm sure it'll never hang in a gallery. But it's my art and I need to protect it no matter how simple it is.


Lynn said...

Amazing the gall of this person. I have read similiar complaints on other artists blogs before this.
I wonder if they can be reported to Blogger Police or the techies of which ever blog she is at?
I think I would write a big disclaimer every day on her blog for a while. At least you 'd know some people would be reading it.Does she have much of a following? which blog is it? We could all storm her and tell her she must stop her thievery!
sort of gang up as imposing a citizen's arrest sort of thing?

Sherry Goodloe said...

Give us all the blog address and the particular post so we can leave comments like "Hey, are you a friend of Stampmaiden's Artventures??? This is HER artwork" . . . you know, something along those lines.


soulbrush said...

i feel as angry as you do, the cheek!!! yes,name and shame is what i would do too, show her for what she is! 'the more people i know, the more i love my dog'.

Lisa at Greenbow said...

Some people are so shallow they can't have a thought of their own. I am so sorry to hear that this is happening to you.

Bea said...

Sad, very sad. Sad that the person "forgot" to give you credit, ignores your emails or comments to change the situation. Sad, that she didn't trust herself enough to do her own artwork to express what she needed to say. Sad, that this kind of thing, which happens more and more these days makes you wonder about about people.
With the Internet there is no much out there, available to people who seem to lack a sense of values.
I'm sorry that as a Follower of yours she chose this route. :)Bea

Olive Tree Guitar Ensemble said...

Hi, it's a very great blog.
I could tell how much efforts you've taken on it.
Keep doing!

Lorri said...

Hi There,
I read your post from a link from another blog, which was commented about on facebook.. whew! You don't need the names right?? LOL..
Anyway, it's bullshit that this person copied your art onto her blog without even a little mention of who it belongs to. It basically makes it LOOK like it is her own art, without any credit being given.. a BIG no no!! You can rest assured, you have the support of fellow artists.. this blogger is obviously very naive and inconsiderate. Imagine if we all stole her photographs and plastered them all over our blogs.. I bet she wouldn't like that. I'm off to mix the pot by commenting on HER blog ;-) Oh and btw, I'm an idiot teehee, I let comments post, but get email notifications everyday about comments, go and check them and delete any spam - so not completely an idiot - parts of me are missing! Take care, and keep up the journalling and posting xo

Linda Woods said...

I am sorry that happened to you. :(

Stampmaiden said...

Thanks everyone for your comments and support. This has been an emotional roller coaster and to know you've been here for me means a lot to me. Good Karma awaits you.

Stampmaiden said...

Thanks everyone for your comments and support. This has been an emotional roller coaster and to know you've been here for me means a lot to me. Good Karma awaits you.

BT said...

I can't believe she stole journal pages and has presumably tried to make out they are hers. What a complete asshole (sorry) but that's what she is. Oh DO let us know who she is!!!

Joyce Van Kirk said...

That's not right that someone could take something from other person and not let everyone know who is the original owner. The person should let everyone know where the art came from. I wouldn't want it to happen to me. By the way your art is very good and I believe it is good enough for a art gallery. That's my opinion