- With Heart and Hands: A Quilting Journey
- What If?
- Alzheimer's Illustrated:From Heartbreak to Hope
- Healing Hearts Textile Arts
- The Healing Art of Sewing and Quilting
- Fidget Quilts
- Making Prayer Flags
- My Tutorial Link Lists: By Themes
- Please Respect Creative Common Copyrights
- With Heart and Hands: Michele Bilyeu (blog)
Please Respect Creative Common Copyrights
It can be a riotous display of seen and unseen, true and not true as far as what is copyright or trademark protected and what is not.
The photo above was taken in 2005. I was part of an enormous quilting project where 200 quilters created 200 quilts for the victims of Hurricane Katrina..in just 2 days. Amazing experience. And strangely out of about 3,000 images that I have shared on this blog in just under 10 years, the most downloaded photo of all. And has anyone ever asked my permission to download my photo of me, that I posted, on my blog?
Don't be silly.
I thought I had to protect my rights to all of those kazillions of downloads...my blog is going on 8 million views, and my blog, and my photo, and me ;-) by putting on a watermark. So I loaded it up with them a few years ago. Did it make a whit of difference?
Don't be silly.
But in order to protect the rights of all of us, I am posting this little blog page post, as most artists and quilters now do about 'my' rights and the rights of all the artists, quilters, designers and bloggers that I talk about, write about, or share links to or photos from.
Just because others seem to have the most amazing sense of ownership to anything and everything and bandy about terminology and rights that simply do not exist. And I am so seriously exhausted by life and all of its challenges and every single person I have every helped in any way, shape or form.
So here, you go. A post about respect. About blogging. About photos. And about the rights of ownership we all think we have..and quite frankly that I thought I had..once upon a time before 1,000 posts, 4,000 photos, and almost 10 years of my life in blogging service to others ;-)
No watermark on my photo above, of my sewing machine, my fabric, my sewing nook. Doesn't matter really anyone can cut and paste and claim its their sewing. But if I put a watermark, at least it will take them a bit to hide it before they claim it ;-)
But the truth is I store this photo on a popular photo web sharing site. " they' own it.
Seriously? Yep. And it can be shared by them ..as in sharing in google images.
We all use them for ideas right? The original 'pinterest' which is of course trademarked, has a copyright etc etc. on our photos posted on 'their' site while we do not. Interesting, hey?
"©© Creative Commons right to respect my work and the work of any and all quilters,designers and writers that I might link to, link up with, or write about."
Artists and quilters think I should post this on my blog..heck, I thought I should. So, I am.
"Please do not copy any part of my blog or its posts and use as your own. This has taken me years and years of hard, hard work. Simple link back to me, with a description and one photo, instead to any post, free patterns or tutorials pages."