Someone took 5 of my posts last night, with all of the photos–and put them on something called “Scoop it.” These same posts were also reblogged on this person’s WordPress site improperly. Photos were moved around or deleted, and my initials were even removed from the end of my poem “Flowers Blooming Bright” (which was cut and pasted together without the photos between the verses).
Instead of removing my content off of her site when I voiced my concern—she sent me the following rude message (complete with the intermittent all Caps):
“WHEN you publish to a PUBLIC DOMAIN it means that ANYONE can re-publish your artistry. Many are encouraged to do so. You do not have a DO NOT PUBLISH notice anywhere.”
So I have switched my blog from public to private—and have begun to add a clear copyright notice to every post, because apparently it is necessary.
All of the words and the photos on my website are my own.
I have never taken anything from anyone else. I honor and respect the work of other people. But it seems that there are people who open websites for no other reason than to take other people’s work. I do not appreciate having my work rearranged or modified–even if there is a tiny note at the end saying it was taken from “Stories with No Books.” As a result, my website will be private until I can figure out what I need to do.
Before I go—I would like to thank all of the good, honest people out there on WordPress for the follows and likes on my blog. Thank you.