One of the 19 windmills at the UNESCO World Heritage site of Molens van Kinderdijk, Zuid-Holland. Click photo to view details.
One minute it's grey and cloudy; the next semi-warm and sunny - followed by wind and rain! It's April 16th and the central heating is still on...
Of course there are a few hints of spring in our garden ...
...and orchids have arrived to brighten the gloom.
Meanwhile, I'm still battling copyright violations, the latest on Tumblr. I've issued a DMCA takedown notice for my copyrighted photo, which has been posted and reblogged more than 10,000 times - without permission and without credit! I really don't understand this attitude of entitlement that so many people seem to adopt while using the internet. How many times do internet users have to be told that photographs, artwork and articles are not gratis to use however they like??!!
Today a package arrived from Paris, containing the latest addition to my black-and-white photography collection. It's a 1958 photograph by Christian Lemaire; an identical silver nitrate print recently sold at auction for €1,200. Yes, there's a price to be paid for copyrighted photos!
Pinterest encourages its users to take photos from anywhere and everywhere, with its latest initiative: "Did you know you can pin from anywhere on the web, even if you don’t see a Pin It button on the site?" its latest blog post asks. It's no wonder Pinterest users seem confused about copyright, with such mixed messages.
But internet etiquette and copyright law are easy to follow. It's good manners 101: ask permission before using someone else's work. Don't be lazy and grab something you like, without consulting the source and content creator. Otherwise, you may find yourself with multiple copyright infringement strikes against you - or even worse - a lawsuit! Haven't we all learned by now that nothing in life is free??!!
Thinking of all those affected by the dreadful bomb attacks Monday at the Boston Marathon. Such violence and extremism has no place in society, yet keeps rearing its ugly head in unlikely places. As always, it's the innocents who suffer. So many tragic, heart-breaking stories...
As for those politicians and hucksters trying to push their own agenda via vulnerable victims and their pain - shame on you! And this moron and his insane ramblings ought to be taken off the air, Rupert Murdoch!