So, I have decided to become “respectable”, and have registered this domain, and hope it will make it easier for customers to find me. If you are still using firstname.lastname@example.org, you will be automatically forwarded to julzcrafts.com, so it won’t affect you.
As regular readers will know, I have been following the blogging101 course run by WordPress, and have changed the look and scope of my blog quite a bit in the last few weeks.
However, I lost most of the changes today, by pressing the wrong button!
Many thanks to the WordPress staff and fellow members of the course, who have helped me restore it – and since I was at it, I also made a few more changes – ie: I have added so many widgets that you will wonder when its going to end – smile.
Do comment if you think its over the top – or if you don’t.
The most important widget is all the way down at the end of the blogroll, the column on the right hand side of this page.
One of the course members started a discussion about copyright, and members from Ireland, Sweden, USA, India, China and other countries got involved, all concerned about how easy it is these days to just grab a picture from anyones site, and make use of it without crediting the author. It is one of the strengths and weaknesses, of the digital age!
I used to be a professional photographer – with letters after my name – and I hate to use other people’s photos, unless I have to, and whenever I do, I credit them. (This doesn’t apply to the stock photos that I sometimes use because I’m too lazy to rephotograph product shots – smile.)
Photographers have always been concerned about copyright, but before the growth of digital photography, it was less prevalent, because photographs were physical objects, and the most people could do was rephotograph them for publication, or run them thro’ the photocopier!
When I put my photographic greetings cards or posters up for sale on ebay or etsy, I always use the version with my copyright stamped across them, but had strangely, not really considered doing this on a blog. Several members of this discussion group had found out that their photos had been ‘grabbed’ and were now appearing on strangers tweets or facebook pages, as if they were their own pictures!
I don’t think this is uncommon, and because there are millions of internet users, it must happen every minute, and often the original “creator” never finds out.
Blogs with heavily copyrighted images don’t look very friendly, but you can put a notice on your blogroll to warn readers that these are your images, and you would like recognition for them if they are used elsewhere.
I have adapted the copyright notice from another members blog – with her permission I might add! In case you can’t be bothered to look – the text of this ‘Declaration of Copyright’ is as follows –