On September 10th I happened to be on Facebook and notice a very familiar print was being shared by Huffington Post Women from their Facebook Page. At first I was very excited when I noticed it was mine - in shock, really. Not so much when I realized that HuffPost had gotten the image from a Tumblr account called A Place For Art. No where was their any mention of the artist, where you could find the original or a link to where it originated from. Luckily, I signed it in Illustrator. But who the heck is e caldwell? Well, I know it's me but the world doesn't. I certainly am not the only e caldwell in the world. So I did what any other Latina, raised by a single mother who grew up in the Bronx would do. I opened my mouth and blasted them for sharing something that does not have the proper credit/link.
|Photo courtesy of Society6 - Print alone available on Etsy|
|NONE of these artists are credited - Rachael Taylor is included here|
This situation got me thinking about copyright, sharing responsibly, and linking with love. Non-artists love to find art and be inspired by it and post it to their tumblr's/instagram/facebook, etc without so much as a thought about where it came from, who made it, and how much it is. We artists don't work for free. Yes, we LOVE sharing our work with an audience. But it's so that we can inspire and make a name and a LIVING for ourselves. People don't buy our art, we don't make money. We don't make money, we can't make art. It's a vicious cycle. It REALLY ticks me off that blogs like this exist. It wouldn't be so bad if they linked with love! But nooooooo. That would take too much time from stealing art and pawning it off on their blog as their art.
|Ice Cream pendant - from my etsy shop|
Have any if you had a problem like this? Tell me about it in comments - would love to hear!