WARNING: RANT AHEAD!
Must I be furious or flattered?
You often (unfortunately) see authors complaining about someone stealing their work. They have worked hard and I will never condone this! Whatever the reason it will never be right.
Well today I found one of my teasers in another blogger’s review! I would have felt flattered except …no mention that I was the creator of the teaser!!!! I don’t want to mention the blog as 1) I don’t want to be petty; 2) maybe it was an “honest” mistake but ...
Let’s speak about usage rights.
Contrary to authors or graphic designers, I don’t earn money with my teasers or graphics.
But they remain MY creation.
I have worked on these sometimes for hours just to find the perfect picture free of right on Pixabay. To find the perfect fonts, the matching colors etc.
Basic etiquette would be that you ask permission or at least give your “source”! Give credit where credit is due.
That’s why you’ll find at the bottom of my site:
“All content on this blog was created by Beware Of The Reader except promo material (tour etc.). Reproduction, duplication and/or republication without written permission are prohibited, with the exception of authors and publishers who may use parts of reviews for quotations if credit is given to Beware Of The Reader. “
I always get:
-either pictures free of right from Pixabay or;
-download from site “free of right” and look twice at the policy and rights paired with said pic. Contact them if need be to be extra careful;
-either buy them from Shutterstock or Depositphoto…;
-either contact the author and ask permission.
So please could you respect my work? And if it was an honest mistake can you correct it? Everyone makes mistakes so I don’t want to point the finger. I will always feel flattered if someone asks permission to use my graphics, promise. It’s a kind of recognition and I am not a bad person wanting to sue everyone. I just want to be asked nicely …
Now let’s chat: What do you think about this? Do you feel it’s “stealing ” if someone don’t tell it’s yours? No credit given ? Or am I making a fuss for nothing?
Sorry rant finished I just had to take this out of my chest!
Love you all.