This is something I have been thinking about for a while now. Whenever I create an image that I totally love and then try to find a place on the art to stick my watermark, I find myself asking “why the hell am I doing this”?. The bottomline, for me at least, is WATERMARKS LOOK UGLY AND GET IN THE WAY OF THE ART.
So, I have decided to do something that I know my fellow photographer friends will question and think I have lost my mind.
HERE IT IS: From now on (or at least until something happens to change my mind) all my photos will be licensed Creative Commons Non-Commercial. That means, as long as I am given credit and a link back to ColbyFiles.com, anyone can use my images on their blogs, wallpaper, personal use – anything – as long as it is not used commercially.
Why am I doing this?
1) Watermarks look ugly. Plain and simple.
2) I don’t have to maintain two versions of each image – one with a watermark and one without.
3) I choose to quit worrying about my images getting stolen.
"Haunted" with Drea Nicole The bottom line...It does not matter. if someone wants to steal your image they indeed will. If you don’t want your
images to get stolen, don’t put them on the internet. Simple as that.
I have registered most of my images with the copyright office and will continue until I get them all registered. I might be wrong, but if someone uses an image commercially without a proper license, it might be an easy lawsuit. Even then, I suppose the bottom feeder could claim they simply “repurposed” my art under the Fair Use provision of copyright law. So again, if we don’t want our images to get stolen, don’t put them on the internet.
4) More Google Juice
5) Advertising via the watermark? Who cares?
6) Lastly...THE EGO. GET OVER IT.
Besides the reasons stated above, perhaps the biggest reason I have watermarked my photos is my big fat ego. What a joke. Who do I think I am? Picasso? Ansel Adams? “Look at my amazing photo and see my logo?....that’s me”. LMAO. The important thing should be that the viewer enjoyed the art...or not.