It is time to make use of the power of many to stop photo thieves!
Oftentimes when we find our photos or articles on another site, the thief won't do anything when we contact them. Why? They already know they have done wrong, and they don't care.
HOWEVER... there are things you can do to protect your hard work! Watermark your photos of course, and we will talk about the best way to do it.
But what do you do when a photo (or article) has been stolen without proper credit to you? We'll talk about that too in more detail, but I firmly believe the first step is ALWAYS contact the offender privately first. There are a lot of people who are not very web-savvy and just didn't think about it. Those people will either remove your image or credit it properly ASAP when you contact them.
The real thieves don't care. What we need to do is MAKE them care! Of course we can all send them an email telling them what we think of their thieving ways, but you can also contact their web host and have their whole site pulled if it comes to that (you can't do this on behalf of someone else, and you do need proof!)
So.. what can you do?
Well first of all, subscribe to this blog!
I'll be writing articles about protecting your work, copyright issues, and more.
Tell your friends about this blog!
The more cake artists who are involved in this project, the more successful we can be to stop the thieves!
Tell us when you find a photo thief! Often they have stolen more than just your photos... by sharing it here, we can all check for our own images.
We need 3 things to post a link to a thief: the link to the stolen image, contact info for the actual owner, and a link or watermarked original image.
Don't post this in the comments... send us an email at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Help us contact the thieves and let them know that the cake community at large is watching, and won't stand for their behavior any longer! Watch the sidebar; we'll be keeping a list of links!
So who am I? Well I am a just a cake artist like you. I have a full time day job, and a part time cake business. I am writing this blog anonymously because some cake thieves are nasty people who will come after me (I've already been through this!) and my business, and I don't want to have to stop this work because of that.
You are welcome to comment anonymously or with your name on it (all comments will be moderated) but please submit any thieves listing through the email address so I don't miss adding them to our wall of shame! email@example.com