Internet security has become risky these days with hackers out there stealing passwords, personal information and even artwork.
Recently, my artist page on Facebook was compromised along with all my information in my personal account. When reviewing copyright law on the internet, it's clear that even though we say there's a copyright, that doesn't mean people follow the rules.
Artwork that is put on social media and blogs is now free for the taking, unless it contains a watermark that makes the photo unusable in any resolution.
When I right-clicked on the photos of the artwork I had posted on Facebook, I was shocked that the resolution was high enough to print it on an 8 x 10 piece of card stock. That was very disconcerting.
I admit to being a nieve artist who just wanted my friends, family and the public to see my work.
My current website hosted by Fine Art Studio Online, allows me to select watermarking for all my work posted on their site. In the past, I have opted out of watermarking, but now I see the error in thinking that no one would want to have copies of my work. Guess again.
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Good luck my artist friends.
Artist Anna Jacke
September 30, 2017