I had not planned a posting for today, but a blog comment piqued my curiosity and in an effort to discover how this person had found me; I logged into SiteMeter. I didn't find the person I was looking for, but I did find a link to Google Images.
Imagine my surprise to discover that my blog banner image is out there on the internet for anyone to use without my permission. I don't know why I am surprised really because it is not the first time that I have found that my work has been widely distributed over the internet and used without my permission ~ this still leaves me feeling violated though, especially as on the previous occasion; my work was stolen and credited to other authors. I may be a little niave, but having requested that my images are not used without my permission, I would like to think that this would be respected.
The message for today is to protect your work and watermark your photographs. I've replaced the image this morning ~ interestingly, it was one of the few photographs that appeared on my blog without watermarks. I'm seriously thinking about restricting the viewing of my blog to members only.