This morning I fully intended on taking some pics for some new posts. I just can’t do it. And here’s why.
Image theft. It’s out of control on the internet. I’ve had it. And until things improve, I no longer feel comfortable posting any images on the internet for public viewing.
Last night I found out about someone I know who had calendars that they did for a charity stolen. Yep, you read that right. This person worked hard all year to do a calendar to raise money for a charity she supports, only to have the calendars stolen. This isn’t the first incident she’s had either. Earlier this year, someone stole her images off her social media accounts and tried to sell merchandise on Amazon using them. Pretty damned gutsy. She had a horrible time getting Amazon to remove them and the only reason it happened is because she happened to have an attorney friend who threatened them, as well as a bunch of friends from her fandom who threatened to quit doing business with them as well. But it took WEEKS to get them to pull and I suspect under normal circumstances, it could takes months or longer.
Hot on the heels of reading about her problem with the calendars, what pops up into my Facebook feed but yet another fake ad from a company trying to sell sweaters, using stolen photos. Same company I reported before too. Same stolen images from a reputable company that I have purchased stuff from. This is ridiculous.
I just can’t do this anymore. Right about now I feel like throwing all of my photography equipment into the trash. I feel like all of us in this business/field are fighting a losing battle. And companies like Amazon, Ebay, Facebook and the rest are all just sitting back, raking in the cash on this dishonest behavior. It’s not right, it’s not fair, and I’ve had enough.
So this blog is on a break. Maybe temporary, maybe permanent. I’m hoping I can figure out a way to continue without putting myself and my brand at risk, but at this point, I don’t have the time or the energy to deal with it anymore. Thank you all for your support through all of this.