One of my most popular posts, “Do These Jeans Make My Butt Look Fat?”, gets splogged – a lot. It also gets lifted for a variety of other uses, and oddly, the picture gets copied quite a bit.
Since I do, in fact, earn an income from my writing and photography, I get downright pissy when I find my content has been stolen. It makes me grouchy. And it starts a series of events from me, the series depends on the nature of the copying. If it’s obviously total spolgging or blog scraping my response is to turn into insta-bitch and it’s not pretty.
If it’s just a case of someone being less than aware of copyright issues (understandable – many people are!) I generally try to be nice and contact them directly with a short, succinct, “Hey, ask permission and credit me properly, huh?” Sometimes it’s a bit more blunt than others (sorry, it depends on my mood, and I’m more likely to be nice if I can find a nice, private, “contact me” link).
Usually, the result is a quick link, or removal of the content.
Every now and then, something kinda cool happens. That was the case this last time…
Linked to my butt pic was a blog post over at Liquid Betsy and, being tired and it being late at night, I didn’t see an easy contact me thingy so I posted a comment.
Shocker of all shockers! The lovely lady contacted me immediately, and credited the pic post haste. I have to give her kudos – she’s a class act.
So, a shout of hello to Liquid Betsy!