Yesterday was quite the experience for me. I was searching images on google. I like to look at images for two reasons. To see the photo styling of other foodie images and to find recipes linked to the photos. I never use it for the purpose I found another blogger used it for.
While browing images I saw the image to my Italian Christmas Cookie post and when my mouse pointer hovered over it did not lead me to my site. It lead me to a site that I will leave un-named here. My initial reaction when I went to the site was, “she stole my photo”. I immediately left a comment that said:
After I submitted the comment I immediately deleted it and left her another comment that left out the “stealing” portion. Needless to say, I pissed her off. She dedicated a whole post to me saying that I was “not nice” and that I should be contacting Google images as it was obvious they don’t credit my photo either. She couldn’t be more wrong. Where on earth does she get that? Google images does credit the photo! Google images links you to the website where the photo is located!! I guess I’m not nice because my first comment that I deleted called her a thief.
I emailed her personally and told her that I would not apologize for asking her to either remove or give credit where credit is due, but I would apologize for using the word steal. My thought was she could be innocent in knowing that what she was doing was wrong. I also brought to her attention that I know and she knows that I deleted that comment myself and she chose to make it public. Why did she make it public anyway?Attention maybe, revenge? She got it….but I doubt it was the kind of attention/revenge she wanted. She calls me not nice but yet when I did apologize that my wording in my first comment wasn’t the best she ignored me and just left another comment on her blog that the issue was over. No apology for being rude herself after I did what I did to make sure other people did not see my first comment.
What did I learn from this experience? Will I stop contacting people if I see they are using my photos without permission or without giving credit where credit is due? Damn straight I will! Will I let one of my blogging friends know if I see their content on someone else’s blog? You betchya chet! I will refrain from calling them thiefs….but in all reality, knowingly or unknowingly….isn’t that what they are? When you think about it, how can they not know they are using something they shouldn’t?
If you are going to write a blog and make it public, I believe you had better be “tuned in” to what is ethical and what isn’t. If she had of asked me in the first place if she could use my photo, would I have let her? Probably. As long as she told people where she got it from. That is the difference between her and me and that is why someone will never tell me to please remove their photo from my post.