As the popularity of this photography blog has increased, unfortunately so too has the frequency of online piracy of intellectual property that has been directly impacting our work. This causes a dilemma in terms of how to deal with the theft of our images and videos.
We certainly appreciate each and every one of our readers who take the time to visit this website and thus contribute to its growing success. The dilemma is how to try to discourage online piracy of our intellectual property while still providing readers with an enjoyable viewing experience.
One option is to dramatically increase the size of our Copyright notice on each photograph, and to position multiple watermarks across critical areas of each image. This would be similar to the very conspicuous multiple watermarks that are used by stock image re-sellers. We feel that taking this approach would significantly reduce your individual viewing experiences.
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Another approach is to make the images on this website somewhat smaller than has been the case in the past. This helps to reduce the practical use of the image if it is stolen from our website by online pirates. This is the approach that we will be using for this article and all future postings. We will be using the same image size that some other popular photography websites use.
We apologize for having to take this action. We hope that all of you will understand the importance of this change in terms of trying to protect our intellectual property from online piracy.
Our YouTube channel has a wide variety of videos currently available to viewers. We have not yet finalized our plans for our video intellectual property, but we will be making changes in the near future. We will be advising readers early in the New Year of any changes that will be made to the video portion of our work.
If any readers regularly post their images on social media or photography sharing websites it may be prudent for you to do an internet search of your name. This may uncover situations where your photographs have also been pirated.
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Article and all images are Copyright 2018 Thomas Stirr. All rights reserved. No use, duplication or adaptation of any kind is allowed without written consent. If you see this article reproduced anywhere else it is an unauthorized and illegal use. Posting comments on offending websites and calling out individuals who steal intellectual property is always appreciated!