{Photograph by Sally J Shim}

I love blogging and having my own little space to document life. And the majority of the time it is a positive and fulfilling experience. But I admit there are times when I get confused what the boundaries are with respect to blogging, particularly when my photographs are used without permission on other websites. Chelsea has started a very interesting discussion regarding photograph usage over here. And I just wanted to add my two-cents with respect to my blogs. On my SHIM + SONS blog I have always had a copyright notice on the right hand column which states "Please ask permission to use any content or photographs from this site." This blog has a similar notice at the bottom of the site. You want to know how many requests I've actually received in the almost six years I've been blogging? Less than a dozen requests. Do you want to know how many times people have published my original photographs on their blogs? Many, many times. I think most of the time people honestly have the best intentions and are "borrowing" images from my site to help promote my blog or shoppe and I truly appreciate it. But that still doesn't take away from the fact that people should ask permission to use my photographs. Since all the photographs from my SHIM + SONS blog and many of the photographs on this blog are original I would like to keep track where they are being re-posted. I am particularly sensitive about photographs of my boys being posted on other sites [e.g., pinterest, tumblr]. For the most part I would like to keep their photographs contained to my blogs. So whether I know you and you run a beautiful big blog or you are someone who has a tiny personal blog, please request permission to post any of my photographs. You can email me at HELLO {at} SALLYJSHIM {dot} COM and I promise to respond within 48 hours of your request. Thank you so much in advance for understanding. 


Reader Comments (14)

well said, sally. the boundaries are quite hazy, and becoming more so with people following the lead of others (who aren't acting responsibly) rather than simply doing the right thing on their own. chelsea has started a great discussion - thanks for bringing it up!
all the best.

03.9.2011 | Unregistered Commenterjennifer

Very well said. I'm guilty as charged of posting about your blog with photos (as you know) and was thrilled you called me on it so that I could fix it because it's making me very aware of crediting photos in future posts with much more care.

03.9.2011 | Unregistered Commentersunny

totally understand - you don't want images of your kids all over the internet!

03.9.2011 | Unregistered CommenterJoke

JENNIFER // Thanks for your support! :)

SUNNY // Thank you for being so understanding! xoxo

JOKE // Love you!

03.9.2011 | Registered CommenterSally J Shim

Dear Sally, that copyright problem is really very serious and hard do deal with!
But please be so kind and have a look at your spam filter - I tried to get in contact with you and I am afraid my mail got lost - Sorry for using this way ... best from Europe, Dolores

03.10.2011 | Unregistered Commenterdolores

Unfortunately, many people just search Google Images for content for their blog, nabbing pictures without even thinking of crediting original sources--if they even get it from the original source, and not from someone else who has already reposted a repost! I've heard some freaky stories along these same lines. There was one woman in particular, a photographer, whose entire blog was copied, nearly verbatim, by some ridiculous (and I'm guessing unstable) person, along with images of her children who this person renamed and claimed as her own. Creepy.

03.10.2011 | Unregistered CommenterAdel

DOLORES // I received your email, I'm just behind on replying. I'll be in touch soon.

ADEL // What a sad story! Hoping people will be more conscientious about requesting permission and crediting original sources.

03.10.2011 | Unregistered CommenterSALLYJSHIM

sally, thank you so much for touching on this issue. it's such a shame when people borrow images without asking, i definitely agree with you. and i understand how you feel about your little boys as well!! thank you for bringing this up. i love your wonderful new site and always look forward to your beautiful work and talents. you are kind to share your abilities and creativity with us. there will be plenty of copy cats, but there is only one sally shim. seriously, your stuff is so YOU. i love that.

03.25.2011 | Unregistered Commentermarta

I totally understand + agree. Happy you put that out there like that. More people should do this.

04.1.2011 | Unregistered Commentertonya

I'm guilty of doing this and posting your images to my pinterest 'paper' board. Having read your entry I have just (hopefully) deleted all references to your work and will start afresh. I meant no harm; I used to save all my inspiration images to my computer but this is changing as I find pinterest a useful tool for saving/viewing having lost my entire hard drive when I dropped it. I do respect your right to privacy; I've always thought that what I do is no different to magazine cuttings, but I understand that it is, simply for being public. Oh, the Internet, many, many pros and cons.

04.5.2011 | Unregistered CommenterSJC

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05.26.2011 | Unregistered CommenterCooking games

If you want to better protect your photographs, you can always add watermarks. They kinda ruin the picture, but at least they'll discourage a lot more people from using your photos. I usually just mark my photos with my name and a copyright symbol, and place them strategically in the picture where cropping would either contain them or cut the subject of the photo. Your choice. :)

Matthew Leanna

02.13.2012 | Unregistered CommenterMatthew

Well, one thing you can do is activate a level of privacy in your blog to prevent strangers from making use of your pictures without your consent. Maybe you can also report those who used your pics to the proper authorities so they would be flagged for doing so without permission.

Aiden Carns

02.21.2012 | Unregistered CommenterAiden Carns

I love blogging too! It’s my way of getting thoughts out of my head and sharing it to the world. It’s also a fun way to meet and follow other bloggers too.

02.27.2013 | Unregistered CommenterSage Aumick

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