Mad? Oh yes I am and beyond any words that I can express here. Discouraged? Totally of people’s lack of moral judgement, inner-compass of values and code of conduct. Disappointed? Yes – I’m totally disappointed, that there are people out there who think they can take what is not theirs and what? Make money? Or draw traffic to their website? Why all in the name of getting known? No it’s more than that . . .
I’m calling you out right here and now:
Last week completely by chance I discovered that these two sites/companies confiscated images of several of my paintings and have placed their identity as the authors of my work. Are you serious?! Doing a search on Google, Dogpile, Yahoo, etc. of “oil pastel seascapes” I found several of my paintings with these two companies as the owner – OH NO YOU DON’T!
I found that most of my seascape paintings had my information on them (www.oilpastelsbymary.com), but several had the above-mentioned companies as the authors on the image when you slide your mouse over the picture. So far four of my seascape paintings have had my information wiped off w/theirs inserted, four that I know of . . . I’m just starting to do my research.
Here’s one of the paintings they swiped and replaced my information with theirs. Do you recognize it?
Yeah, it’s my blog logo called Washing Ashore that I painted January, 2012. In fact the painting is hanging on a wall in my studio. This piece took me 24 hours of actual painting time to create, it was my third or fourth seascape and YOU HAVE CLAIMED IT AS YOURS – are you serious? You have to be kidding!
If you look to the right of my blog, you’ll see my copyright disclaimer – is there something here you don’t understand? How are you using my images? For advertising, some type of profit-making scheme, to draw traffic? Why not contact me and ask for permission? Why not . . .
Before you click and copy/save, consider this – I make notes and take photographs during every painting session, from the initial sketch to my final painting. Every painting has at least 5 or 6 photographs of different stages of development. Every step is documented. Do you really want to have a go at it? Because I will not disappoint.
Here is my promise to you, I am going to do a deep-dive internet search on every single painting that I have ever painted – I have a lot of tenacity and perseverance! I will find each painting you have taken as your own and WE ARE GOING TO SETTLE THIS practice of yours. So, I’m going to spend a lot of time, but I’ll do the searches necessary on all 200+ paintings – to find every piece you have claimed as yours. It’s the principle of the matter.
To those reading this post. Do you create (art, photography, sculpture, write [stories, poems])? If you do, take heed – people are trolling to take yours! Something that you have spent time, energy, and sometimes your soul to create. Pay attention – is someone taking your work without your knowledge?
This has to stop, come on people . . . stop for one silly minute before you click and take, you don’t have the moral right to someone else’ property. I’m not asking you for anything, except for you to stop this practice AND I promise you this, correct the situation and I’ll give you credit . . . how’s that? Do we have a deal?
I’m publicly calling you out . . . . STOP TAKING WHAT’S NOT YOURS.
To everyone reading this post, please reblog, pass on, and if you would, send it to your other creative friends – to social media of all kinds – wordpress, facebook, tumblr, twitter, etc. As a collective community lets reverse the pressure and put it right where it belongs.
It’s just so darn disappointing ~ now I ask myself,
what’s the point of posting my art?
UPDATE: What I’m discovering is that search terms (waves, ocean, seascapes, oil pastel, etc.) yield different results on different search engines. Sometimes the images come up with my information and sometimes the same image comes up with one of the names mentioned above (and also I’m finding new names under my images as well), again it all depends on the search terms. I’m working through 25+ pages of image searches on a variety of search engines.
I’ll post my findings later this week. Thanks for checking in.