I am compiling the past copyright posts into this one. This is not an all inclusive list, but here are some basic guidelines about copyright and internet ettiquette.
Copyright exists as soon as you create something, though there is of course an added legal process to further that notion. It should be understood that one can't copy posts from one place and post them on one's own blog or website without permission. Just because my work is on the internet does not mean it is in the public domain or meant to be reproduced freely. You do not have to make money using my work to violate copyright. Even if you are using the work for personal use only, if you reproduce it in print on the web or otherwise, it is a violation of copyright. Please visit Copyright.gov for complete information.
If you are a VK.COM user, please do not post my images to that site in particular without permission
Pinterest users: Please pin only one photo from a blog post -- do not post multiple photos or entire tutorials on Pinterest.
For all sites: Please do not republish my blog posts and/or tutorials on other websites or blogs, including Pinterest.
If you've had a Pinterest pin or other image removed at my request, it is typically due to that image being hot-linked on multiple other websites and the only way to resolve the issue is to remove the source image. I will also have Pinterest remove multiple pins from the same post as well as any pins where the link directs to a location other than my blog. If I can find a way to contact the website owner or blog writer, I try to do so. In cases of forgeign language sites and sites without any obvious contact information, my only recourse is to go to the source website or hosting company. For more on Pinterest specifically, click here.
When I contact people about removing my copyrighted works, I address it professionally and in a friendly manner. Sometimes, with the use of Google translate, it doesn't always come across well. There are also certain legal statements that often need to be included in DMCA reports, and that can seem harsh and unforgiving. I understand that some people don't understand copyright, so I give the benefit of the doubt as much as possible.
It should go without saying that no one should put their logo on any work that is not their own, but many have done so and not just on any one particular website. I've read praises for my work and the work of others, but all of the photos have the writer's logo or name superimposed on the work. Please do not put your logo or name on my work.
I offer my guidance and ideas free of charge, but my work should also be respected. I always give credit to others when I use their ideas or share their work.
All content on otterine.com is copyrighted and may not be reproduced in part or in whole. It takes a lot of time and effort to write and photograph for my blog. Please ask permission before reproducing any of my content.
There is an email envelope next to my name on every post so you can send me a private email at any time.
This is a sad and frustrating part of the Internet. You’re very gracious to share your work here on this blog – where it should stay.
I am so very sorry you have to deal with the theft of your intellectual property, over and over again. As Blondie says, it is an unfortunate part of sharing anything online, but knowing that doesn’t make it any easier to take.
This makes me sad, too. I often see your work, Brae, and always add a note that says, “This is Otterine’s work. Isn’t it great?” I do this for others, too, if I see that people post things without a visible copyright name.
I think that if everyone who sees infringements starts speaking up, it might not be so prevalent. But maybe my world is too narrow.
Copyright nicely explained! Thank you so much for sharing your work and wonderful ideas on your blog. So inspiring!
My daughter had one of your pics removed from our mutual Dollhouse Ideas board on Pintrest. We are collecting ideas for her dollhouse and would like to know the best way to save your pics as to not infringe on your copyrights.
I personally understand your frustration as I’ve had people “steal” photos I’ve taken and shared on fb and made them their profile pics, etc.
One person, a relative, went as far as to make sure she cropped the pic to remove the copyright I had watermarked on the pics after another person had copied/saved an entire album and then reposted it as their own.
So, Pintrest is the best way I’ve found to allow both my daughter and I to save things together.
I ALWAYS go back to the original site and pin directly from that site. Many people do NOT take the time to do this.
Thank you for the support. I understand that single image, responsibly done pins are being removed when I file complaints against users who copy large sections of my blog. There really is no way to prevent that, so it’s an unfortunate side effect. As you can see, bad behavior on the part of some people ruins the experience not only for me but for others who use Pinterest.