Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Can We Talk!

If it doesn't belong to you;
don't take it!

~ My Mother ~

I'd like to discuss the artwork you find on my blog. I love to tinker and create. In particular I do a COG poster each month in tribute to Jasia and the Carnival of Genealogy. They are the reason I started blogging. I owe them.

The purpose of each poster is to promote the upcoming COG. Everyone has permission to use the poster in conjunction with their COG submission or to post it on their blog to promote the COG.

The COG posters are not public domain clip art. I am extremely careful to re-purpose posters, magazine covers, and art from the many image source books I own that ARE public domain art.

It often takes days of searching for the perfect source for that month's inspiration. Many of the sources I choose have elements that must be surgically removed in Photoshop. This also takes time.

I am saddened when I see my hard work acquired and used in the "original" work of someone else. Someone who has not asked permission nor even gone so far as to have given attribution. (I hope you are new to this world and just weren't aware of the etiquette.)

Those who know me are aware that if you need a graphic and you come to me, I will make one for you. If you come to me and ask to use anything I own or have made, I will give it to you.

It is the thoughtless taking that bothers me. Would you come to my home and remove it from my computer? Of course not.

So, please, go search for the artwork yourself. As I said, it's in the public domain. Re-purpose the image to your satisfaction. You will find it far more rewarding than taking my work.


Anonymous Tamura Jones said...


February 16, 2011 at 6:17 PM  
Blogger DearMYRTLE said...

Sounds like someone else has been less than kind, fM. How I wish the world would appreciate the copyrighted materials you provide.

February 16, 2011 at 7:39 PM  
Blogger footnoteMaven said...

Tamura - Love the word. May I quote you?


February 16, 2011 at 7:58 PM  
Blogger footnoteMaven said...

Thank you Myrt! Perhaps they are just inexperienced.

This is the third time recently. I was rather blunt with one who took a photograph, but then she was a professional photographer. No room for wiggle.



February 16, 2011 at 8:02 PM  
Anonymous Tamura Jones said...

Quote me? That would be quorific!

February 16, 2011 at 8:23 PM  
Blogger Janet Hovorka said...

With the most beautiful graphics on the web, I can see why people are tempted. But all the more reason they should cite their source--so that people can see all the other gorgeous imagery you do.

February 17, 2011 at 8:21 AM  
Blogger Andrea said...

So sad that this happens!!

February 19, 2011 at 1:47 PM  
Blogger footnoteMaven said...


You are far too kind. I am just learning, but it is a process I really enjoy. As we discussed. There seems to be no guilt anymore.


February 19, 2011 at 1:51 PM  
Blogger footnoteMaven said...


To all my readers, please check out Andrea's Blog Art Legacy( for some wonderful professional art.

And Andrea knows first hand that if you write me and ask permission to use something I own, I will share.

This is the mark of a true professional. Andrea wrote for permission to use an image she had seen last year. Yeah, Andrea!

And a belated Happy Blogiversary my friend. You are a shining star.


February 19, 2011 at 1:57 PM  

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