While checking my blog stats yesterday, I found a link from last month.

I followed it back to the source and found a religious blog, and there at the top of the blog was one of my photos of my church pew!

There was no indication in his post that the photo was mine ( altho when I went back later, I realized if I clicked on the picture, it would bring the clicker back to my blog).

But, not everyone knows or thinks to do that. It looks like he tried to put another pew photo from Flicker on his site – but it did not go thru. I don’t think those pix were his either.

I thought it a little ironic that some of the text of his post was about not coveting and thou shalt not steal………..should he be excused because he is a pastor – or unaware of cyber etiquette?
Maybe I am over reacting – and maybe I should be pleased that he liked my photo enough to use it?

I checked with my friend Patty about this, and she gave me a link to a wonderful blog and a post on art piracy. Tumblefish Studio also has a link to a flicker site where you can see beautiful ATC’s
that you can put on your blog – with permission, of course!! You could also create your own!

For right now – I just wrote up a little blurb, that I will try to post permanently in my sidebar- and maybe at the end of every post ( altho that is a pain). I would like to mark all my photos posted as mine – got to figure out how to do that also!!

My words and my photos are important to me.

“Look, but don’t touch!
Enjoy, but don’t borrow.
Use your own imagination, not mine! Yours is probably better anyway!
Thou shalt not steal!
Always ask permission.
Any art, words, or photos are MINE and copyrighted, unless otherwise indicated!
I always try to give credit where credit is due, and so should you…………