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Thursday, 18 December 2014
pinterest and how images get copied around the internet...
When I first heard about pinterest, the site where people 'pin' images they've found on the internet, I was a bit suspicious about it. This seemed to be the ideal opportunity for people to copy images they didn't have a right to use. However, as pinterest links back to the image's original website, it seemed ok.
There are lots of interesting collections of images there and I get notification e mails from time to time. Today I got one to this super sashiko image board. I was rather surprised to see the image above as a pin. You see, it is one of the reference scans I made when I was stitching the samples for my first sashiko book, not something I had ever put out on the internet - as far as I can remember. I really can't work out how it got there.
Even more puzzled, I clicked on the image and it took me to this blog. It is definitely my scan, although the file name has been changed. The blog post was from 2009, and my original scan is dated May 2004. How did it get there?
As I'm not credited, I left a comment asking how the blogger had found the photo. Did I post it here? I am very puzzled how it got out there. As far as I know, these reference scans were just something I kept for my own work while writing the book - it was so I could check details while blocks were away for photography (I didn't have a digital camera then).
While pinterest will link to the image location, if the image has already been borrowed, it won't link to the original source.