I hate having to plaster my name across all of my images lately. But some people out there just do not get it. Last month I received an email from a grandmother who set up a blog for her grandchildren and was lifting images from my blog and others'. She said she read my copyright disclaimer, and decided maybe she should ask permission. I found this really irritating because she should have known better at her age. I always have a copyright disclaimer on my blog, plus the © symbol and my name under my images in every post. I explained to her (nicely) that freelance artists such as myself do not create work for the heck of it for everyone out there to use, but that it is our livelyhood, and that lifting images for her own personal use is the same as stealing. I told her she could continue to use my images if she asked permission each time, gave me named credit and a link on her blog and was not using my images to make money in any way....but of course she took it personally and said she would remove my images from her blog. Why is it that standing up for our rights as artists is offensive to some people? Do they think that just because I create sweet images of children and animals that I am a softie when it comes to my rights as an artist and business woman, not to mention the integrity of my work? I suggest that everyone else plaster your artwork with your name if you plan to post images on your blog. I wish my website software had the option of image "rollovers" like some others do...but not yet. Whatever you can do to make it harder for theives (and grandmas!) to steal your work, do it!
What about you? Have you had to deal with a situation like this? How do you protect your work?