Ah, Beautiful Things Wednesday…I used to love perusing Pinterest in order to choose five beautiful pictures with some sort of common thread to share in the middle of the week. I believe others enjoyed the series too and I’ve received quite a few comments and emails from viewers who miss the posts. This Wednesday, I will share what happened to my poor series in a quick little story.
Once upon a time there was a very great and very famous and very rich photographer. He had photos published in Architectural Digest, amongst other prominent and renowned publications. One of his works of fine art was a photo of a kitchen. Yes, a kitchen. It really should have been in the Louvre but instead it was on Pinterest. He also was too good to bother watermarking his pictures. I mean, really, why would the great photographer bother watermarking his work? All should know his work by a simple glance!
A very nice (most of the time) and not very famous and not very rich (seriously) mother of three (throwing that in for sympathy’s sake) and blogger decided to write a post about kitchen shelving. She found a picture on Pinterest of – gasp – a kitchen and – gasp – did not know it belonged to the all powerful and mighty photographer! She used it on her post about kitchen shelving – yes, that is correct, kitchen shelving. How dare she!!!
Now, why would a very important and very famous and very admired “arteeest” care about the little blogger’s post on kitchen shelving? Yes, my friends. Money.
The very famous and rich photographer had his copyright firm contact the blogger in a nasty email and then again in a nasty letter demanding she pay upward of $600 for the – gasp – audacity to use his fine photo on her little website (this helps explain the saying, “the rich keep getting richer”). Even though she had taken the photo innocently from Pinterest. Even though said photo did not have a watermark and the blogger went to the effort of trying to find a website to credit the photograph back to…ah-ha!
That, my friends, was the blogger/mother of three/naive woman’s downfall. If she had just copied the picture, without linking it back to the all powerful and famous “arteest” then they likely would not have found it. She really doubts the all-mighty photographer and his copyright firm all read The Painted Drawer’s posts every day. However, when she went to the effort of finding and linking the kitchen photograph back to the source (trying to be up and up) they saw it and fined her.
So, the rich and famous photographer is now sitting pretty in his Manhattan penthouse or ski chalet and the blogger paid him his fine.
It was a learning lesson for me. I won’t use other photos on my blog (at least not very often) for fear of this happening again. Apparently, according to my lawyer, it makes no difference where one locates and copies the photos from and this includes a shared site such as Pinterest.
I was very upset about it but life goes on. I feel that over the past few years I have learned more than I did in the previous twenty. I’m sure you can all understand why I can’t continue Beautiful Things Wednesday. Oh, well. Lesson learned!
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