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« on: June 28, 2007 08:23:46 AM »

Just out of curiousity, how many of you watermark your artwork (etc) before posting here?
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« Reply #1 on: June 29, 2007 07:01:45 AM »

I haven't watermarked anything I posted here yet. One day I might.
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« Reply #2 on: July 10, 2007 01:34:15 PM »

I always feel like I should... but the advertising rules don't let you put your website in pictures.  I feel like if I just use my name or something and the image gets stolen for another website (it has happened before  Angry) nobody will know it's stolen.
But I understand why the rules are there (I get annoyed when people say "Go buy this in my etsy!!  Isn't it great?"), so I can't be hypocritical and not obey them myself.
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« Reply #3 on: July 10, 2007 02:50:09 PM »

I always feel like I should... but the advertising rules don't let you put your website in pictures.  I feel like if I just use my name or something and the image gets stolen for another website (it has happened before  Angry) nobody will know it's stolen.
But I understand why the rules are there (I get annoyed when people say "Go buy this in my etsy!!  Isn't it great?"), so I can't be hypocritical and not obey them myself.
Ugh, that sucks! You could even try something like "Jillie @ Craftster.org" just for the purpose of posting them here, and then you could include a link to your website in your sig or your profile too.
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« Reply #4 on: July 10, 2007 03:26:40 PM »

That's a really good idea, maybe I'll try it!
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« Reply #5 on: July 12, 2007 09:29:17 AM »

I watermark everything with my studio name. This way, even if someone claims my image as their own, they can't reproduce it. I also make sure to post low res images, and the only high res images I have are small details I post in my shop. I've seen (and had) art stolen so often, it's just best if you actually plan on making money with your art that you dont give someone else a chance to steal it.
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« Reply #6 on: July 12, 2007 09:41:21 AM »

But I don't, I'll forever be known as a "starving" artist. If a person feels they have to steal my image for their own personal gain, Than the guilt would be on their head not mine.

I submit my images cause I'm good at it. I have others comment "Your not a photographer" etc. But its not for them to decide, Plus they don't walk in my shoes and know what hell I have been through and continue to go through.

At times its a struggle just to type this to you now. Im very thankful anyone would comment about anything I do, let alone take some of my photographs and display them on their wall.
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« Reply #7 on: August 08, 2007 09:55:57 PM »

What little I've posted here has been watermark free, albeit the file has been small.  Over on other sites I have started adding my name in a watermark on my more finished works, or things I've spent a good deal of time on.  I haven't seen my art stolen (knock on wood) but I have seen quite a lot of artists who have.
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« Reply #8 on: March 18, 2008 10:48:21 AM »

question..how do you watermark photographs?
I learned that you can put copyright info into the meta data of a photo but nothing about a watermark
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« Reply #9 on: April 29, 2008 12:10:32 AM »

I don't watermark my images because I hate watermarks. I do try to keep images under 8in high and at 72dpi so that they won't make great prints. If someone "steals" my work and posts it as their own it really isn't a big deal. They aren't going to be able to create any new work that lives up to what they are claiming is theirs. Also, the folks who claim images as their own usually have a whole collection of images that don't match because they are from many sources. Anyone worth their salt should be able to tell they didn't create the art. Plus, it's a little flattering that someone would do that. I mean, there's a ton of work on the net, and out of it all they chose you to pretend to be. It's like really cute identity theft.

Anyway, if they do make money off your work it's better to let them make the money first and get your cut later with the long arm of the law. Work the system! Smiley
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