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“julzcrafts.com”- yes I’ve registered the domain! + concerns about copyright

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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 julzcrafts@wordpress.com, 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 –

 

ASIDE: JAPANESE KNOTWEED IS IN THE NEWS ……

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spring time and the japanese knotweed is looking very healthy!

spring time and the japanese knotweed is looking very healthy!

Just been watching the BBC morning news, and was amazed that they were featuring the problems of Japanese Knotweed – it is a rampant weed round here – and some lenders are refusing mortgages to properties that have it in their garden.  There is also talk of a fine being levied on householders who don’t make efforts to eradicate it ………

I have it in my garden!  It has spread from the hillside below – altho’ I have been uprooting it steadily for years, its well known that only a tiny bit of root can sprout and its back again.  Botanically its actually an amazingly resilient plant, and was originally intentionally introduced into this country over 100 years ago to stabilise railway embankments.  The roots go down and down and down!  (Up to 3 m according to the man on the tv.)

Until recently, no one ever expected to be able to get rid of it,  the only thing you could do was pull up the sprouts as soon as they pushed thro the earth.   But all of a sudden there are companies making good money spraying it and promising that it won’t reappear.  Actually, I don’t believe it.  I have built bonfires over it and it still comes back.

They are now recommending getting a digger into your garden – disrupting all your plants – I can still grow veg and flowers in my garden, altho’ as I’ve been ill this year, the garden is looking pretty rough.  I’d better go out and pull out as much of the knotweed as possible – I don’t intend paying for a digger!

I wonder how much its going to cost the council to try and get rid of it – are they going to try?  There are hillsides full of it.

Oddly enough, I did read something somewhere that said you could cook the young leaves and eat them – like nettles and spinach.  Does anyone know anything about this?

Coincidentally, honestly, a couple of days ago, having been selling my photographic greetings cards last week (see previous post),  I was playing around with the idea of uploading digital files of some of my photographs onto etsy.  They have a service for people to buy them as digital downloads, for a fraction of the price of a print.

Most people sell landscapes or “pretty” pictures, but because I had been looking at a set of digital photos I had taken up the hill last spring and wondering if they would be worth printing up, the first digital download I chose was the one above – of japanese knotweed.  If you click on the picture above, it will take you to my etsy listing – its only £3!

PS:  Updated on 6 July 2015:  Because of the VAT MOSS mess – see my post on this – I decided I’d better take down all my digital photos on Etsy – so this is the only place you will find this photo for now!

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