I've spent an incredibly frustrating day dealing with blatant photo theft by rogue companies defying copyright law. I would wager that probably two-thirds of photos appearing online have been stolen and/or used without permission or credit. In one Google Image search, I found more than 90 examples of a copyrighted photo misappropriated. In not one instance was the original source (me) identified or linked!
Too many companies and individuals alike wrongly consider they can take whatever they want, with little or no consequences. I would never dream of swiping someone else's creations for my own use. And I won't allow others to get away with stealing my work.
Between such worries and the heartbreaking tragedy still unfolding in Kenya, I've caught myself frowning most of the day. Even this lively fall bouquet of flowers, thistles and seeds has failed to lift my spirits.
Time to lighten the mood!
Wishing you a week of more sunshine than rain; more laughter than tears.