Have you ever heard from your friends or people you know that their photos were used by other strangers' Instagram/website? Even personally had that issue before? To be honest, I have experienced about that case, and I was really frustrated the fact that my photo was used without giving a credit back to The Equinox Fashion's Instagram account. Either our photos have been used by others, or thinking about finding the inspo from influencer' s social platforms or Pinterest, beware about the 'image copyright'
PHOTO CREDIT IS IMPORTANT
In order to protect ourselves from being sued (yes, bloggers can get sued for featuring photos belong to someone else. I really appreciated the way blogger Roni Loren wrote us what happened to her), providing a photo credit maybe the practical advice. Some might think that it is no use to state where the images come from on the Pinterest or Tumblr since everyone is using those platforms to find the inspiration, but honestly, we should. At least giving the credit back to where we get the source from. Even when we ask for the permission of the photos, or regram and repost, it is still important to give the credit back to them.
WATERMARK OR ©
That's right, if any of us afraids that the photos can be stolen or used by the strangers, then I would recommend to add a tiny watermark or copyright symbol on the picture. I have seen a lot of bloggers have added their names at the center of their images so that they can protect themselves (just in case the watermark at the bottom of the picture will be cropped out).
REGISTER TO THE OFFICIAL WEBSITE
We can also register to the official website such as Register Your Works, or search for more information on Google. There are some websites we can pay and officially protect our own rights from others.
I know how annoying it was to see my photo on stranger's Instagram. At first, I really had had no idea that my photo was being used, but one of the lovely bloggers tagged my name on the comment straight away. That person did not even say my name, instead she wrote the caption as if the fluffy jacket was hers. Luckily, she deleted the photo after I had commented on it. How lucky I am to have a good blogger fellow in this community!