Thursday, February 23, 2012

Artisans-protect your hard work on the net

I Love –really LOVE- Pinterest.

It’s one stop shopping for all the eye candy you could ever enjoy.

Yesterday, I came across this video by Mashable.  It got me thinking about Pinterest in a different, more analytical way.  How much of what I have pinned is someone’s hard work.  Were they artisans who’ve now been ripped off-their images out there with no credit given, no link to a source page.

As things are pinned, generation after generation, the original artist credit is inevitably lost.  UPDATE-READ THIS ARTICLE ABOUT PINTEREST’S RIGHTS TO PRINT & DISTRIBUTE ANY PHOTO UPLOADED.  EVEN IF YOU ARE NOT A MEMBER OF PINTEREST, YOU ARE AT RISK!

Now that every Etsy listing has a Pin It button on each listing, artisans putting their hard work out there with the risk of losing credit.  I contacted Etsy, who directed me to their Terms of Use.  Which basically says, you ought not to. (section 6, re-posting content)

This is a double edged sword for me.  I want to interest everyone in the arts, textile arts & quilting that I can.  Eye candy is the best way!  We do it through our store samples, blogs, classes, etc.

But, in the interest of your protection, think about adding a watermark to every image you post.  Not just on Etsy, but your blogs too. 

Here’s how to do it in Picasa

select the picture (edit)

click the Text button under the Basic Fixes tab


Your screen will look like this

click anywhere & start typing

you can adjust the colors, size, make it just an outline,

center/left/right even angle


after It’s saved:



Isn’t she cute?


Pin It


Alison said...

This is fantastic. Thanks so much!

Allison Franks said...

Excellent advice!!! Thanks have #RT

quiltsbylee said...

I saw something yesterday about being able to block people from pinning your stuff. I understand what you are saying though.

Barb said...

I have to be honest, when I first started pinning I just felt since all they had to do was click on the picture it would take them to the original person but since I have started (trying to remember) to give the credit where credit is due.

harleywife57 said...

wow ; I never thought of this , but I am not in the designing or selling business . I , too , thought it kept the original link to whoever posted it's sight . But this does open a whole new side up . I must add that Ms. Maggie is looking fine !

Connie said...

You are so right about watermarking your photos. I enjoy pinning things I find on blogs so the pin goes right back to their blog but get frustrated when I find one of someone elses and can never get back to the original post.