Sigh. I realize putting images and ideas out there for the world to see is risky, for anyone with internet access can steal said images and ideas. And I realize trusting the greater good in others is risky. But as unfathomably huge the internet is (fodder for a Kantian sublime experience), it’s also oddly small.
I went HERE to “The Balancing Act Ultimate Holiday Cookie Decorating contest” to get information to submit a cookie, when what do I see under “Your Competition” but my melting snowman, the same melting snowman I posted about on this very blog nearly one year ago. As in, the actual photo of my snowman, not even their own version! (On a side note, for how-tos to make the melting snowman CLICK HERE.)
The company running said contest claims another person submitted my snowman as their own and they have corrected the submission. Then my own googling called into question the veracity of this company itself, so I don’t know what the bageebees is going on.
I made Mr. Melting Snowman on a whim one day, based on a passing idea, and I was surprised at his popularity. He got thousands of clicks on flickr and a front page feature, so he clearly struck a chord.
So please, wide world, please, I understand images and ideas posted so freely may be borrowed or used for inspiration (why, I’ve seen versions of Mr. Melting Snowman everywhere since), but please please don’t take my image and idea straight from my blog and call it your own, especially for a contest with a cash reward, no matter if the contest is legit or not!
Guess it’s time to start watermarking.
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