Apology in advance for the long post, however this is necessary:
I started this page back in 2011, as a small way to share the beach with friends up North. Over the years, the page has grown more than expected and I am able to market my Etsy crafts and share information for tourists, eco-conscious people and more, and for that I am grateful beyond words. This week I've noticed some "other" pages have been using my images again, cropping out my watermarks and slapping on their own page links for profit. SMH... Theft is theft whether it be physical property, intellectual, virtual and the like. Yet these "Pages" are getting beaucoup "likes" "Followers" and business while stealing other people's images? It's just not right. (I also see another page now using the Sunscreen and Seashells name for a real estate rental company page in another state and they registered the domain name before I had a chance to. As a result my registered domain is SunscreenSeashells.com. Yes, there are some legalities that play into my favor but frankly, I don't have the time or money to pursue legal action)
Could I do the same in terms of taking credit or using other people's art/ideas for my page or profit? Sure! But my Mom raised me better than that. She told me to always take the high road while others choose to slither beneath you. Harsh? Yes... but she was right. I'd rather sleep well at night with a clean conscience.
For the record: When I use another person's picture, I ask permission when possible, give proper credit and NEVER crop watermarks or photoshop a © on something that is not mine. This pic is a good example: I got permission from the photographer to use it, his watermark is there (Albeit faint) and gave proper credit to the photographer, models and organization. I have NEVER claimed to be the photographer nor models in this picture. To assist others, often times (After I learned how) I #Hashtag or refer people to the website/related stores. (Albeit my older photos don't have my © and there are too many to re-do.
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