Last night, I invested several hours on my brand. I went through my Flickr (mostly) and 500px galleries, and ran a Google image search on my photos. (There are a number of Web browser plugins that facilitate this. Click on this Google search link to find some of them.) It was a fruitful investment of time, and gave me a lot to work with. I discovered that one of my photos, which in its heyday had generated well over 1,000 Google hits in a single search, was now only showing a couple hundred links. Not surprising since web page popularity dwindles, with age.
What I was really interested in was to see if any photo users were breaching my copyright. My works, which have been posted on sites like 500px and Flickr, have resolutions under 1100 ppi. For those, I generally offer a Creative Commons (CC BY-ND) license. As it turns out, even big corporations will disregard them.
"Who'da thunk it!"
So, I spent some time privately tweeting, and asking people/companies to fix or remove the images, according to my copyright. I'll give them a couple days. If that doesn't work, then a public tweet should do the trick.
What prompted this? Well, I joined Pinterest. In fact, I was initially interested in pinning those articles and blogs that were using my photos and were at least trying to follow the copyright. After all, they are available for free.
I also found a teacher who was making educational tools available to substitute teachers. I had to reach out to her, and show support. Teachers of our younger children are woefully overlooked and underpaid, yet they have some of the highest demands placed on them. I offered to make myself available, to help.
Anyhow, enough ranting. Please feel free to follow me on Pinterest.
Have a nice day.