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After much reading on the topic, I'm considering putting a small watermark (in lieu of signature) on all artwork uploaded on my website. 
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or suggestions on how to do this easily on wordpress?
#1 - June 14, 2014, 10:43 AM
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I'm a big fan of watermarks.  First of all it protects your work, second of all if someone were to "pin" or "share" your work it will ensure people know who the creator was.  I try to do this for most of my images... all though I must admit that I do get lazy and post things without it a little bit too often.
#2 - June 14, 2014, 02:38 PM
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It didn't even occur to me... but I do like the idea of doing it for one of the reasons corporiate mentions - that if someone does love your work enough to pin it or whatever, then others who repin will know where it came from and who did it. I don't think I'll do it any time soon, though. It bugs me when I look at illustrations and the watermark is there - usually because they're so big!
#3 - June 14, 2014, 06:53 PM

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I have copyright notices on all my art, but that didn't stop someone from taking it to sell Brad Paisley ringtones. Thinking about doing the big ugly ones that Franzilla talked about. I also try to keep my art small and lo resolution. Need to figure out how to do a password protected area of my site, but that probably doesn't make a difference either.
#4 - June 15, 2014, 07:48 AM
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I have copyright notices on all my art, but that didn't stop someone from taking it to sell Brad Paisley ringtones. Thinking about doing the big ugly ones that Franzilla talked about. I also try to keep my art small and lo resolution. Need to figure out how to do a password protected area of my site, but that probably doesn't make a difference either.


Yes, I guess that's the disadvantage! Wow, that must've been annoying to see. If you did have a password protected area, it would prevent it though, I think. So that might be the way to go.
#5 - June 15, 2014, 03:35 PM

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This is similar to the conversation corpirate and I were having re: Creative Commons: 

(https://www.scbwi.org/boards/index.php?topic=72553.msg888153#msg888153)

I'd love to hear more about how other people find the balance between putting your work out there--having fun, sharing it, making it easily available to editors, art directors, etc.--and protecting it effectively. Stories about problems people have had are not hard to find. But at the same time, I really like the openness I see on some websites. The way some people draw and share exuberantly is inspiring to me, and I'd hate to lose that. (love LOVE these, for example:   http://debbieohi.com/portfolio/found-object-art/). Maybe it's the difference between posting sketches vs. finished, unpublished art?

Copyrights, lo-res files, and watermarks (annoying though they are) all sound like good ideas to me--doable, still easy to share, but harder to copy/use. The password-protection idea sounds like it would work, but it makes me sad. Is that really necessary?
 
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