Copyright Infringement Alert!
When you have a website like mine, lots of people tell me about things which are happening which need to be shared with a wider audience. Below I am going to highlight a specific example relating to copyright infringement which affects quite a lot of leading botanical artists.
One such 'thing' is when the artwork of botanical artists is posted online by other people without the artists permission. I find artists are very protective of the artwork of other artists and are happy to highlight examples of individuals who post images they did not make and do not own on social media in an inappropriate way.
This used to happen a lot on blogs in the past - and now it tends to happen on sites like Facebook and Instagram and Pinterest
This is despite the fact that the community guidelines for the use of the site - which you must agree to before you become a member - make it clear that you should only upload images you own or have the right to share (eg image is in the public domain).
So, for example, this is the guideline from Instagram.
"Share only photos and videos that you’ve taken or have the right to share.
People may post images they shouldn't be sharing online for one or more of three reasons:
My view is that we need to be aware of all those abuse the trust of others - in posting their artwork online - and should take appropriate action. Hence this post.
What you do is entirely up to you - but I have a couple of suggestions below.
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