Wednesday, 12 November 2014

PUBLIC OPINION

The photo is of Squeak our feisty tailless small cat.



There are two distinct aromas that I truly appreciate every morning
the smell of strong fresh coffee and organic honey, A small teaspoonful of the latter in the first cup awakens me sufficiently to face the day. 


This morning, we (Mrs H & I) learnt about the power of public opinion on Facebook: three days ago persons unknown to me ripped off one of 
Mrs H’s images and defaced it with words of their own and posted it up on their page without even having the decency to give credit to her original work.


Mrs H complained about breach of copyright on the page and received abusive and ignorant comments from the people who are the pages’ owners. Her replies to them were just and exact, as one would expect for in her younger days she was once engaged in a legal office.


The consequence is that the particular FB page has been inundated with fans of her paintings writing in to complain about what they had done. This morning Mrs H received a private message from the page owner complaining about the number of protest mails that had been sent, however the power of public opinion has worked for the defaced and stolen image has now been removed.


On behalf of Mrs H. - If you were one of those who mailed a complaint to FB - Thank You for your support.

Finally wouldn’t it be great if we could put a stop to all of the wars by the same method ?

22 comments:

  1. BIRGIT H. said I deeply trust and believe in the power of us .... hugs to Mrs H and yourself

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  2. I was not involved in your FB scandal; unaware until you wrote of it. But, the resolution was excellent and powerful.

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    1. It most certainly was Joanne and Mrs H has now told me that the particular site has moved full circle and is now promoting her paintings - which is a big turn around.

      The trouble is that people are discourteous they use the works of others without permission and do not bother to give artists or photographers credit and it is so simple to do. All that is needed is the copyright symbol the date and name of the originator.

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  3. There is a generation out there that thinks they have a right to take whatever they want, your wife's artwork, someone's music, the written word of others. My daughter has faced this problem and finally had to quit putting her photos on her blog because people would repost them and give no credit for where they came from.
    Glad your wife's art is off the page.

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    1. Thank you for your comment Janet. It is people of all ages that swipe things off the internet and not just one particular generation they see peoples works believing that everything is free.
      Mrs H will return her stuff when every picture has been copyright imbedded, it has to be done because cards of her work are for sale.

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  4. The internet has created another whole world of things to enjoy and contend with. I am glad this has been solved for J but the fact that you had to do it in the first place is so annoying/maddening. I don't understand why people want to be so dishonest and disrespectful.. I guess being faceless makes them brave.. Mostly they are cowards. I have had things happen to my work do.. pretty hard to deal with.. sometimes it makes a person wonder why they bother to share.

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    1. Thank you for your understanding Gwen :)

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  5. Another sad case of ripping off peoples creative work. However, the way your good wife and her friends worked the situation and eventually got a net gain has brought a smile to my face. Well done to your wife.
    Tony.

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    1. Thank you Tony, it had more to do with those people who admire her work than herself because their reaction was totally brilliant

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  6. She stood up for her rights and she won. Well done Mrs. H!

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    1. Thank you Ann - it was people power that won it for her!

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  7. Glad to hear it was resolved. Sometimes I think people just want to share things, I see so much without any credit being given...so it's hard to tell. I suppose for my own art putting a watermark on it is imperative. I get bent out of shape finding others using my art without permission, but am lax about watermarking it all. Good that people helped out here.

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    1. Thank you for your comments and understanding String.

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  8. Unfortunately incidents like this are indicative of the 'I want it now and I am entitled to it' world that we live in today. Consumerism has a lot to answer for. However, I am glad that Jane won the battle and that she stood up to the thief. Go girl! Xxx

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    1. Good to read your point of view Fran. Am sure there is a lot in what you say, I think herself will be delighted to be called Girl - it amused me :)

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  9. Oh dear, the internet has brought us many joys but alas also very negative things as well. I feel for many artists out there who get their work taken and defaced. Facebook is the worst culprit. Google also is partly to blame....type in asking for a picture of a subject and up will pop numerous paintings and immages. For the most part there is no mention of who the artist is or where the painting came from. Great that Jane has won the battle and the person involved has turned things around and now advertises her work.
    Margaret x People power works.

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    1. Many thanks for your precise comments Margaret, which are greatly appreciated.

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  10. That's just rotten. I hope you have managed to get it all sorted out now.

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    1. Thank you Suzie, lets say that we are getting there :)

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  11. Ooh I missed this! What a triumph for justice - even if it was grudgingly given! Tell Mrs H I am really pleased it turned out this way for her!

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    1. Thanks Val and the upshot is that I have removed most of the images of her work on this blog because they did not bear the © symbol etc.
      A few years ago I found a web site in the U.S.A. that was selling pagan images of several artists as if they were her own work; that too was stopped!

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