Sharing is Caring?
I’m hoping that this post doesn’t come across as too much of a rant, and I doubt it will make much of a difference (if any), but it’s something that I feel I want to talk about.
Earlier this week, Boots (my Alpha) found a new fetish website (which I won’t bother naming for obvious reasons) that had posted one of my photos to it’s Facebook page. While the image still had my watermark on it, they gave no indication as to where they got the photo, and certainly didn’t ask my permission for what amounts to social media marketing for a website they’re trying to set up a user base for.
Looking through the rest of their photos on Facebook, I found hundreds of other photos of other people, copied from various gear sites and then posted on Facebook to be used as advertising for this new fetish site. While mine didn’t have any additional caption added to it, others had extra marketing messages added to them – all in the name of popularising this website with very little effort from the site’s creators to actually make their own content (or at least seek permission for the content they were using).
It’s not the first case of this kind of thing happening – I’ve had people posting my photos on Facebook and tagging themselves as the person in the picture. I’ve seen people happily captioning a photo on fetish sites, talking in detail about a scene they clearly haven’t had as the person in the photo isn’t them. The same has happened to my friends on many occasions, and trying to get people to remove the content has caused numerous arguments and “drama”.
Perhaps I’m in the minority here – caring too much because of an issue a few years ago in which someone pretended to be me on FetLife – however, I feel that people need to start respecting the content of other people.
It’s not just people stealing content and claiming it’s them – while I personally may not get the whole idea of people posting hundreds of photos they like of people that aren’t them to sites like Facebook or Tumblr, I’m happy for people to do so. However, I do wish people would at least credit who and where they got the photos and videos from – a simple link to a profile or website would suffice.
However, people rarely do this. The majority do seem to keep watermarks on photos, however, so it’s a good idea to watermark your photos and videos if you remotely care about ownership of them. If you don’t care, maybe you need to – it can be quite a shock to come across a profile where someone has copied dozens of unwatermarked photos of you or your friends, and is claiming that it’s them bound in gear and having that experience you enjoyed so much.