The contents of this blog, Both poetry and photography have all been registered to Andy Chih Photography and are protected under copyright laws. Violation of this will result in my exposing the offender as a reblog on this site, I do not treat plagiarism kindly. Other than that? I hope you will enjoy your visit! ^.^
Sorry for the redundancy of this my dear readers, but I’ve just bout had enough. Ever since my rant, I’ve had twice more problems, I’m afraid i will have to soon put this blog under password and accept new readers by request. 😦
I know it sounds harsh btw 😦 but I hope those thieving trolls get the hint soon 😦
No, not harsh at all….I’ve seen that with others too. Hope your day is going well… 🙂
Here’s hoping! *crossing fingers* 😀
Good luck. So many these days just have no respect for the work of others. There is also the ignorance factor, they are too stupid/ignorant to know they are thieves.
no kidding, makes you wonder. if they have no ethics online, what must they be like in person huh?
You did the best dear Andy, Good Luck. But a thief is a thief and nothing can stop them… In my previous reply, as I said, we post our works and then we don’t know their journey where they go and fly and also maybe they are being sold, etc. Thanks and Love, nia
Thus the reason I’m giving everyone a heads up I guess, keeping everyone who’s been with me and not letting in anyone new, I’m publishing sooo..
You do what you have to do to keep your works safe, Andy!
Thank you Deb! otherwise they’ll be ripped apart 😦
Huh? What happened?
I had my photos stolen, people downloaded it and cropped them then tossed on their own watermarks, as if they took it themselves. Then, as if that wasn’t the end of it? they cut ‘n pasted my words and changed the grammar and expected me to look the other way, Very infuriating 😦
Whoa. That is so corrupt !
Right?!? I am doing massive changes and pulled all the photos, not going to entertain freeloaders 😦
Hi Andy! I do understand your fury and frustration, ’cause some of my written “stuff” and pix have been copy-pasted=stolen, but it’s a lost cause, an illusion lost from the very start to fight with and against such “specimens”… alas!
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my very best and respectful regards, Mélanie
Hi Melanie, Welcome to my blog! Yes, that’s true that it’s such a lost cause, sigh! but I didn’t want to let the talentless thieves get away without my saying something :-\
Laying down the law!
But no, I totally get what you mean. Someone once plagiarized my writing and it actually made me feel both sad and angry! Seriously people, if it’s not yours, don’t claim it is. It’s as simple as that.
Exactly! unfortunately, there are people with no writing skills of their own who troll about waiting for a chance to steal something that took me hours to shape, that’s why I am working on going after a couple or so that are still doing it 😦 sigh!
I wish you the best of luck with that! And your efforts will warn others that there are consequences 🙂
Here’s hoping! thank you 🙂
Oh Andy! I’m so sorry! That has got to be extremely frustrating, I hope you don’t have to deal with it for long 😦
Here’s hoping, I took down a ton of my photos to re-do the watermarks and put in something more obvious from those thieves 😦
I totally understand you Andy. I used to make website templates, 2 of them got stolen…. I used to put a small © on my work but it’s very easy to remove. A big © can also be removed but not that easy. I don’t mind when people use my work for personal use with a reference to me or if they ask me. But a commercial use without asking for permissions it’s not nice.
At that time, I was a beginner and I was shocked to see my work out there and someone else taking credit.
Some people told me they don’t like my work with a big copyright because it ruins it. True but it makes it harder to remove. I know some great photographers who put their work online without any © on and I always wonder why they don’t put a copyright notice on that wonderful work.
I wish you all the best Andy ! 🙂
I’ve removed all my photos from my past and present posts to redo them, now they will have a semi transparent logo going across the center. It’s the only choice I have 😦
About the professional photos though! I’ve noticed some of them have name etc embedded within the. jpg or even raw file itself so that when there’s a copyright issue it will show, even if they change the file name. But by then the damage is done and god only knows who else has a copy 😦
You can also resize your images.
True, keep only the focus and keep the original in storage?
Yes 🙂 I never put the original image!
I like that thought! thank you 🙂 🙂
Thank you for reading my previous posts Niki! 🙂
With pleasure Andy 🙂 I’ve been away with some things to take care of but now I’m back.
Welcome back! 🙂
O-O, this is a major problem for anything that is published. There is always someone who will take it away no matter what. So sorry, Andy. I guess this is the black box content. 😦
I’m so sorry to hear you are continuing to have problems! How awful for you. I don’t understand why people do such things. 😦 You do whatever it is you need to do to protect yourself.
So far? I’ve made a new watermar, so here’s hoping it will work!
I hope so too!
Thank you for catching up with all my past posts too 🙂 ❤
You’re very welcome! 😀
Oh my gosh. I can’t believe somebody actually did that! How can they derive any kind of satisfaction posting something they copied and then pretend to have done it themselves? There’s a lot of pathetic people out there! I noticed that a couple of my essays were on a pdf that someone was charging for downloading! Naturally they took my name off of it. If they would have just asked my permission and given me a link back to my site I would have gladly let them use it. It will be interesting to see if your copyright notice prevents it from happening again. So sorry that happened, Andy.
Yep this world isn’t falling short of pathetic people alright, It’s gotten to the point where I’m almost defacing my own photos with a watermark 😦
If they would put their time into learning how to take pictures of their own instead of going to all the time and trouble of copying yours, they would be a lot better off!
In a perfect world my dear Linda, there wouldn’t even be people trolling around waiting for a chance to steal 😦
So true, Andy! It is a sad fact.
oh geeeeeeeeez…what will it take huh?? :O
I am sorry you are having a problem like this. Theft is theft even when it’s called plagiarism.
That it is! I recently dealt with a thief who not only stole from me but tried to sell her material, plus thinks she’s cleared of all wrongs just because the material is taken down. Boy, is she ever wrong.
Thank you for reading my last posts 🙂
Expose her! Tried to sell it? Hell. I wonder how you became aware?…
OH I did, I went straight to Polyvore and gave them proof of her theft, her link is in the blog shutting down post and I got a few more posts with every tag referring to plagiarists, to top it off I’ve gone to many social medias to link her to her theft. But you know what blows me away? the fact that she still writes like she’s done nothing wrong! :O
Good on you, Andy. Indeed do all you can. Now I’ve got to see your blog shutting down post. Missed that one! OMG – DON’T.
Love your copyright notice, Andy! Loud & clear!
It’s a horror to me though, if you’ve been having problems. It’s a warning to us all. Disgusting, such sly theft of another’s creative flow.
It’s still going too which gets my blood boiling ugh
My gosh, I seriously wonder how you’ve found out? How does anyone find this out?
I was doing some wordpress tweaking, then found that wordpress had nuked a TON of my posts. So, I panicked cause that post had over a hundred likes. But, I forgot the link to my old private blog containing a backup. So! I googled the title and sure enough, saw my post word for word on slowmuse.com and on polyvore.
I asked slowmuse that she take it down and she ignored it, so fine i went to Polyvore and showed them the original with time stamp etc and they said the proof was valid and therefore they took down the photo and words that she was trying to sell as a picture frame. A picture frame! can you imagine?? geez huh?
FURIOUS with you, absolutely furious.
She’s one among many many many, I name my photos specifically so i can find them. But someone wise said that there’s no point in my stopping blogging because what slowmuse has shown is that my work is good nuff to market. I suppose, that’s ironic flattery? :S
Sure sure I got it! 😀
lol thank you 😉
‘exposing the offender to the entirety of social media’
Well, daaang. I wouldn’t doubt your social arsenal, and plus you’ve got all of us as back up!
So grateful to everyone for it! ^.^
Amazing and Thank you… @ ^_^
kindness blossoms in your heart
Heh Thank you Gede!
Andy this is the best blog I have read so far today. Harmony and love, Barbara
Thank you Barbara! 🙂 I just gotta give certain people a fair warning 😀
I am with you. I worry also. I have put up a lot of my photographs, my artwork and my writing. Tell me how you got your blog copyrighted, thanks, Barbara
Hi Barbara, They works are copyrighted through a publisher that I sent my works to, Hopefully there won’t be issues there. Also, I registered a remote storage via copyright.com which you see on the logo below, the way you add it is you go to ‘edit post’ and then you see how the upper right hand corner says visual and text? click on text and at the very bottom of the post click on ‘code’ button and paste the info copyright.com gives you 🙂 I’ve also submitted some of my work to yahoo contributor network, for immediate sale. So, yeah plagiarists will be facing one helluva legal case if they decide to continue stealing.
Thanks so much for the advice. I am going to look into it. Hugs, Barbara
My pleasure Barbara! ^.^/
Hi Andy, I love your blog; it is very good. I have been a camera buff for many years. As a pastor, I try to use photography to show God’s creation. I am now following your blog; please consider following mine,. Blessings to you,
Pastor/Equipping The Saints
Hi John, thank you coming by and following my blog! I’ll be visiting your blog in a bit for sure 🙂
Thank you very much. And, as I said earlier…..”I love your blog!!!!”
Pastor/Equipping The Saints
You’re too kind John, Followed you in return 🙂
I am always sympathetic to authors who get their material stolen or when the copyright is so hard to prove… Musicians face this regularly! Great place for us to get concerned on the subject! Take it easy and hope it all works out, too! Good way to present your thoughts on the subject with a sense of humor included!
It’s ridiculous out here even in the blogging world, people decide that they want to get readership but refuse to do the hard work, so they resort to theft. Some talents eh?
awe…sorry about your problems Andy…do what you have to do to protect your work!!!
It’s pretty crazy how people think stealing makes them someone huh? :S
You took a chance and it paid off!!! Your photo is stunning !! Thank You for liking my newest pieces !! 🙂 *Cynthia
Thank you Cynthia! 🙂 🙂
It’s too bad that we can’t just share our thoughts and personal work, without certain groups of people taking advantage of loose internet laws. However, it pays to be tough! 🙂
It definitely sends out a much needed message for sure! Thank you 🙂 🙂
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Thank you kindly 🙂
Your photograph is quite lovely. I am wondering if you took it? Hugs, Barbr
Sori, which one? 🙂
I’ve been thinking of doing the same – it’s going to take time, but I think that’s the world we live in. The Internet is a wonderful invention, but it has in a way devalued creativity.
I wouldn’t know how to react if someone took my work as their own, and I wish you all the luck to catch them. It happens too often. I suppose you could also take it as a back-handed compliment, and an affirmation that your work is exceptional enough to want to steal.
I like that thought, Just wish people weren’t so lazy that they can’t create their own stuff, resorting to theft of other people’s materials is all. You know? :S
Thank you for your kind compliment by the way ^^
I am going to suggest Espresso! Hugs, Barbara
Even better lol 😀
I am nominating you for the Seed of Light Award. This award is for blogs that inspire creativity, nature, connections, communications and beauty. Pass it on!
1. Thank the person who nominated you.
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Hi! Thank you kindly for the award 🙂
Good luck with that! But if you look on the bright side… people only plagiarise or copy when they know something is good =)
I like that thought! thank you Grace 🙂
Good to know lol 😛 Have a great week!
You too! thank you ^^
Just beautiful. I say good night with a grateful heart. I will sleep easier now. Lovely post. Hugs, Barbara
Thank you Barbara 🙂
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Thanks Kev! 🙂
Thank You Andy !!!!!! 🙂 Cynthia
so sorry to hear you are still having problems!!! Don’t you wonder what goes on in other peoples minds that would make them think do something like this is OK??? take care andy!!!
It’s mind boggling, no sense of right or wrong in people :-\
so sorry to hear about your problem, andy1076. I wish you all the luck to catch your photograph, Have a great week!
Thank you! you too 🙂
This with copyright is so tricky … because so soon as we publish something … that’s is.
But good on you putting down the rules.
Wish I didn’t have to sometimes, but wow the way people rampantly(If there is such a word) copy left right ‘n center, it’s amazing :-\
I completely agree with you. Of-course it must mean your work is popular. I think it’s sad that people don’t feel able to create things themselves,rather than stealing someone elses.
It is insanely frustrating to say the least, Almost discouraging even to post anything with them trolling around :-\
I too had to (in the end) register my blog with; copyrite.com. my posts were appearing on other sites. Very annoying.
btw i refollowed cause I wasn’t getting your posts on my feed at all 😦
That’s OK, wordpress does strange things at times 🙂
Thank you for that 🙂 🙂
I totally feel you, why instead of just sharing it if they find it beautiful they have to copy it? And not only copy, they say it was their work! I don’t know how these pesky rats can sleep at night…
Nor I, it’s infuriating especially when they continue to do so knowing it’s wrong (grumble) 😦
After reading this post and some of the comments. I’m worried about my articles, poems and pictures – all of them are authentically mine but I have not yet registered with any Copyright company.
Actually when I started my blog, I was almost paranoid that somebody may copy my stuff. I had a nagging feeling that it would be better if I write e-books. After some time I forgot about this issue and became too lax.
Is it enough to search our contents in Google so as to know if somebody has copied it or not?
Hi Hi Alka! welcome to my blog 🙂 I search my content on a daily basis by keyword and by photos, not every thief out there knows to change the file name, It’s really both annoying and scary that someone could easily steal something you made, so I use watermarks and so on 🙂
Yes, Karma will get them all but don’t you just want to, sometimes, maybe once, get even! I think about it but know its wrong so I don’t act … but still… 🙂 great work, as always. Michelle
Yep I won’t lie, I do but I suppose I hold back because that would lower them to their level eh?
yes, it would, be we are all human and can’t help but have those thoughts once in a while but it is also proof to me that we are spiritual beings because we don’t act on them.. 🙂
I like that thought 😊
Andy, I am so sorry that this has happened to you and to your beautiful blog! I was going to ask you where the site is that you can get a COPYRIGHT logo and become registered? I guess I should do that as well. Thank you for your help! Your photograph of yourself and your beautiful daughter is lovely! I have three daughters…we are blessed!
Congratulations! I nominate you for the Blogger Recognition Award!
Hey! Thank you! ^.^/
You’re welcome 🙂 Congratulations!
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Continued blessings, Emma
Best wishes hope the stealing stops! But do be on the look-out.
Always am! 🙂 caught a few over the years, amazingly some even put their own watermarks! :S
Good fortunes. Such a large number of nowadays simply have no regard for the work of others…It’s too terrible that we can’t simply share our musings and individual work, without specific gatherings of individuals exploiting free web laws.