Call me crazy, but I’m choosing to view this whole stolen photos thing as a blessing. All the stress and aggravation has been a great reminder that I can still create my own reality. I get to choose how to react to everything. I’ve been able to move past the negative feelings by being present and choosing to be grateful instead. I hope those affected by that thieving website don’t let it ruin their day. Its ok to allow yourself to be upset, for a while, but its also a good idea to choose to be happy, in light of the situation. Life is too short.
There’s not much I can do to keep people from stealing my photos. Truth be told, its incredibly easy to remove watermarks, and logos, from an image. You can even steal from sites that don’t allow you to right click and save the image, by doing a screengrab. The point is that if its online, it can be stolen.
Something these thieves can’t take from us are the experiences. They won’t know the peace that I experience when I’m out shooting scenes like the one above. They don’t get to spend time in nature with other talented photographers. They don’t get to be in the creative flow while I shoot and edit. All of those moments are worth more to me than a few sales of a stolen image.
While I’ve got you all concerned about image theft, I’d like to take this opportunity to let you know that copyright law in the US is about to change…for the worse. The deadline to voice how copyright affects you is July 23rd!
I highly recommend reading this article on Petapixel. If you have time, you should watch/listen to the video on that page. This new copyright law could be pretty scary and make it easy for people to steal our work, and then copyright it as their own. We may even find ourselves in a world where everything we upload to our personal facebook page needs to be copyrighted, or we risk companies using any and all of our photos, in their advertising campaigns.
If you’re willing to take the time to submit your thoughts to the copyright office, this page will give you ideas for what to include in your letter. If you think its not that important to have your voice heard, keep in mind that they don’t have a lot of input from actual artists that are affected by copyright. The majority of voices in their ears are lobbyists that want to make it easier to use our work for free.