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.