This is a post that’s been growing in my mind for a while now and I finally decided to post it.  I suppose when I first starting thinking about it, it didn’t seem to be *that* important.  But as I’m more and more active on different social networking sites, the importance factor has gone up.

If you post any images online…whether it be on your personal blog, Pinterest or simply sharing those family photos on Facebook, your images need YOUR name on them.

Bear with me just a second and let me explain.  Or rather, let me share with you a couple of those social sites Terms and Agreement with you that-if you are participating and sharing images on-have agreed to.

Pinterest Terms of Service

Now, don’t get me wrong.  I love Pinterest and am continually battling my addiction to it.  It’s so much fun to browse and pretend for even a moment that I’m somewhat creative enough to try out some of the craft ideas.  I love learning new recipes and new workouts, but I also love just window shopping around the Dream Home Boards and even doing some pinning of my own.

But knowing that if one of my pictures or one of your pictures is shared and repinned, that according to the Pinterest Terms, then you are granting “us a non-exclusive, royalty-free, transferable, sublicensable, worldwide license to use, display, reproduce, re-pin, modify (e.g., re-format), re-arrange, and distribute your User Content on Pinterest for the purposes of operating and providing the Service(s) to you and to our other Users.”

Facebook is set up very similarly.

Furthermore, one reason this has been on my mind more lately is that my son recently showed me a picture of himself which was used by a national sports association for the purposes of reporting on his baseball team.  While I’m proud and honored that he was spoken highly of in the report, as well as, a picture was used in the report, that picture was taken from my personal Facebook profile…..and regretfully I didn’t have my name on the image.

If that’s okay with you then no worries at all and just as for me, I know this full well going into it, but I do want my name on that image when it’s copied and used for other publications.

And if you do blog for fun or as a business, a common goal is to drive traffic back to your site to increase your readership.  If you’re (our) pictures are traveling all throughout internet land without your logo and/or name somewhere on the image, then no one will know the source of the photo and who knows what or where the image will be used-all without your knowledge or credit.

If you want to find more information about your copyright and ownership of your original material, this is a very informative read I found here at http://www.copyright.gov.

Now, moving on to a happier, healthier note, here’s what’s on the lunch menu for today!  This is a super sandwich to make that’s quick, easy and packed with tons of protein!

Egg, Tuna and Hummus Sandwich

2 fried egg whites (in a spray of cooking spray) topped with a packet of albacore tuna with spinach/artichoke hummus spread.  Drool!!

What are you having for lunch today?

6 comments on “Why You Should Watermark Your Online Photos”

  1. Thank you for an interesting post. I would have thought that people using one’s work expose themselves to the possibility of legal action, unless they reference the source.
    Obviously, this is assuming that you find out who used your photos without your consent.
    I’m still a Pinterest newie and don’t understand perfectly how it works, but do you mean that anyone, including journalists/media could use your photos on pinterest?

    • Thanks so much for stopping by. Regardless if it’s Pinterest, Facebook, Flikr (to name a few) or a personal blog or website, anytime you upload pictures to the world wide web, you are at risk of your images being pulled and used by someone else. Now having said that, there are ways to lessen that risk. For example, on my professional site, I’ve disabled the “right-click” feature so readers can’t right click to save the image to their hard drive. This doesn’t however stop them from taking a screenshot of the image. You know the old saying, ‘if there’s a will there’s a way’. As I stated in my post, I’m aware of this but choose to upload pics anyway, BUT I do try to have my name and/or logo on the images I upload, so therefore, if an image is used it at least has the owner {me} of the photo stamped on it. Again, is the totally bullet proof? Of course not, but it does help. As far as legality and referencing the source…there have been a couple of times when I’ve used random images I found in a google search, but made sure to credit the source of the photo. I believe this is the only ethical way to use the image. This does not give me (nor anyone else) the right to use or claim the image as my own. Legal repercussions occur when an image is used for editorial usage and/or is sold as one’s own. I hope this helps. Don’t quote me on these facts as I’m definitely no expert! Read the link provided in the post to learn more! 🙂

  2. You’re right. I often think it’s more trouble than it’s worth to mark my photos, but it’s definitely worth it. Thanks for the reminder and encouragement.

    Also your sandwich looks incredible. I might need to imitate asap.

    • Hi Meredith and thanks so much for reading! I’m not sure what software your using to edit your photos, but in Photoshop I’ve created a simple brush that I just “stamp” onto my image.

  3. Great points. I just recently started watermarking my pictures. I worry that they could always crop out the watermark but I guess it’s better than not having one at all.

    • Hey Katie, Yes, you are exactly right about that…the watermark can be cloned or cropped, etc. One way to even deter that is to place the watermark/logo in an area on the image that would make it a lot harder to remove. I personally don’t want my logo to be distracting from the image itself, but still a thought. 🙂

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