After the new Google Algorithm I tried searching google for my name on Hubpages and after seeing all my comments listed, but only one hub, I came across a site called "realmadridwallpapers.org" which was linking to my profile page but also allowing free or premium downloads of a picture from one of my hubs. The pic on this site has a lot more views than the hub! It was not my own picture, but other hubbers are victims of copyright infringement. For instance, some of davenmidtown's beautiful original gardening photos are on there. The link may be good but the theft isn't.
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If its OK, I have a link to document what I saw, although it also said on the page (not the copyrighted image) that it was uploaded by the author Oct. 2, 2012 (today). http://realmadridwallpapers.org/soccer/poison-oak
Thanks! I see that the copyright has been incorporated in the picture as people are recommending. I thought you meant the site itself had acknowledged the copyright:) How blatant is that - they even put up stuff with a copyright showing on it!
That seems a good idea. I never thought of doing that, putting the source actually on the photo. The pic from the hub wasn't mine, but they've put some of my pics from Flickr on their site - can't imagine anyone paying to download those, though:)
I just checked this site, and the first photo I searched for did have a copyright notice on it.
This is a really good idea.
...and photos with low resolution too...I watermarked my photos at the start of my publishing with HubPages in 2010, they have all been requested for removal...
adding your title and profile info in out of the way places is not watermarking, its words on a photo. Watermarking usually makes the photos hard to see by distorting the image because it runs through the photo.
If you don't want your photos pinned, why not disable pinning on your hubs? Just change your settings. I pin hubs I really like to help promote them. If someone doesn't disable the pinning, I think It's OK.
WannaB Writer & suzettenaples, re; Pinterest. When I post a link to my Hubs on Pinterest, the photo ends up being a separate entity, from the Hub. So, if in the Hub, you have linked to the owner of the photo(s) it will still show as the Pinner.
Lilly, if you click on the picture and keep clicking, it leads to the original source. Try it. If I pin a picture of a recipe I want to try, it's just a picture. But if I want the recipe, I keep clipping until the original source comes up.
I knew nothing about Pinterest, but I guess I need to learn a bit more to prevent situations like this from happening to my work. I shoot or draw almost all of my own images.
Thanks - but are you allowed to use watermarked photos on Hubpages?
You can also overlay the title of your hub using GIMP or MS Paint. Hubpages has eased up on the no text on photos rule as long as the text pertains to the hub. You just can't use something with a translucent watermark, what stock photo sites use.
Thanks, that's very helpful. I can see I'm going to have to improve my skills in using graphics software!
Thanks for this, it is very useful. In my case, the photo they took from the hub wasn't my own, but they clearly do sell people's original photos, so it's worth checking if you use a lot of your own pics.
Excellent advice! If we don't defend our rights often enough, we will lose them sooner or later. Standing up for ownership of your work is important!
Thanks for answering. They have my profile picture on there, too, but since it is only a violin icon, that seems just crazy!
Slightly off topic, but I put a copyright statement in the default templates of Word and FrameMaker so I never forget to include them in a document. Perhaps there is something similar with photos; I don't know enough about the packages I use yet.
Some of the ideas suggested here might at least put some people off stealing. I don't mind people using stuff in blogs, but selling it for cash, that's not on!
Oh yes, I completely agree.
This has been going on for centuries. The best we can do is "sign" our work (Copyright (c) Name, Main hub page, year first published.) If HubPages doesn't let us do that.... Well, they won't be seeing original photos or art on my articles again.