It was time to redesign my logo and rethink how I incorporated my use of watermarks when I started to see an increase in unauthorized use of my images on the internet and a few have been snatched then used in promotional flyers. Enough was enough. I have always stayed away from placing a distracting watermark in the center of my images for fear that it would deter sales, I would always place my company logo in one of the corners of the image keeping the main subject clean.
When I post images on Facebook or other media platforms, I post them my intent is for people to share them, use them as their cover photos, profile images and I ENCOURAGE THAT. All I ever ask is people not crop out or otherwise remove the watermark and have a disclaimer posting rules of what people can or cannot do with the images and people have been good to me so far, for the most part. To be fair, when a person uses an image as their Facebook profile pic, it’ll crop it out most times, thats not what I am referring to.
I discovered that a couple people I knew that download them or screen shot images from this web site, altered them by cropping the logo out or photoshopped it out, then printed them out as flyers as part their advertisements and promotional flyers and posters without my permission, implied or otherwise. Folks, that is STEALING!
Afterwards I all but stopped posting images or otherwise making Blog entries on this web site, I was upset but the only one I was punishing by doing this was myself and the clients that have been loyal, that wasn’t a smart move on my part by taking my ball and going home.
Sadly STEALING PHOTOS and unauthorized use happens all the time and it sucks. I am certainly not the only one, there have been major copyright infringements that make my situation seem petty. Not too long ago, a good friend and mentor discovered an individual on Facebook that was taking screen shots of the images on his blog, along with many others, and uploaded the images to his Facebook profile taking credit for and leading people to believe he was the photographer; who knows if he was selling them and making a profit of my friend. Since then, he had changed how he incorporated his watermarking in his blog which was something he too stayed away from so as not to take away from his image.
In contrast and real recently I had a new client contact me that he had downloaded a few images, from where or how I do not know, but they reached out and asked how much they needed to pay and where to send the money. This renewed my desire to update this blog and do a better job of keeping it updated with content but now will have a transparent and embossed stamp in the middle of the image to include my new logo.
For the example below, I set the background to black so the watermarks would show up, the original files have a transparent background. The fonts I used are made to be like clear glass with a bevel so they allow the image to bleed through and I adjusted the opacity to make them a little less distracting. In the blog post above and all other posts from here on out will have this on them so check them out to see what they look like on the image.
There are many links and sites that carry specifics to Copyright Laws and how you can protect yourself, a simple Google search will lead you to links that’ll keep you busy for days.
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