14 hours ago
Tuesday, May 3, 2011
Blogging - Photo and recipe attribution with a side of silly snack mix.
Let me tell you a story about a picture of some puppy chow.
So I'm doing some bloggy browsing and out of the blue I run across a picture of mine for a puppy chow post. Funny, I thought to myself. Probably just a random thing, no biggie.
Then I got to thinking, I wonder how they found my image. Did they do a google search for puppy chow and find it somehow? So I pull up ol' google and type in the words.
I'm flabbergasted. This picture is everywhere. I mean, you'd think it was the prettiest picture of puppy chow to ever be taken by how much it has been lifted and posted around the web. Dozens of websites, and not a single one that I could find ever gave proper credit back.
Mind you, even if they had given me credit, they also needed my permission, but I am more than willing to overlook that if they at least credit me and link back to my website.
I wrote a few emails to the large, head honcho type websites, and left a comment or two at the smaller bloggy style sites. I might have gotten a tad annoyed, and I hope if you are here reading this because I left such a comment that I wasn't too abrupt. It was just a little mind boggling that it was so prevalent.
Even the people who attempted to give proper attribution to the photographer ended up giving it to someone else who had lifted the photo. It was a never ending cycle!
Anyhow. I don't expect many of the bigger websites to give a hoot about me and my stolen photo. I'm fully expecting to get responses back from people that are annoyed that I dare ask for them to either give me credit or take the picture down. How dare I, right?!
What this experience has really hit home for me is attribution. That goes for recipes, too! That is one area I can be forgetful. I'm not perfect either. I am going to make it a priority to work through my archived recipes and track down the sources so my info can be updated.
When it comes to photos and recipes, always site your sources. Do your best to always give credit when you can. Especially when it comes to photos, always always email the photographer and ask permission first. This can get tricky, especially my case where if someone wanted to ask me permission they'd probably never be able to find me since the photo had been swiped so many times. Just try your best. We all need to have good blogging Karma, right?
Oh, and as much as I have resisted using watermarks in the past, expect a big, fat, watermark in my photographs from here on out. I really dislike trying so hard to take a decent picture of food only to add a watermark on top, but apparently it needs to be done. On second thought, I think I'll go with a watermark on the side. See the updated picture above for an example. A watermark on the side or bottom is less obtrusive . Unfortunately some thieves will still crop it out, but what else can you do.
Has this ever happened to you? How did you handle it?