I recently submitted a comment on Sally J Shim’s blog in response to her post about internet privacy in general and specifically her photographs being used without permission or proper accreditation. Here’s what I said:
Unfortunately, many people just search Google Images for content for their blog, nabbing pictures without even thinking of crediting original sources–if they even get it from the original source, and not from someone else who has already reposted a repost! I’ve heard some freaky stories along these same lines. There was one woman in particular, a photographer, whose entire blog was copied, nearly verbatim, by some ridiculous (and I’m guessing unstable) person, along with images of her children who this person renamed and claimed as her own. Creepy.
It hits you hard when you put your own world out there only to have your trust violated by a stranger. The internet is a strange place; I’ve been “online” and making websites and posting a journal (in one form or another) since 1995, and it has grown incredibly fast and virtually unfettered, which is a wonderful and sometimes very scary thing.