Remember a few months back when I posted a photo of some tomatoes, admittedly not my photo, when I had my first few ripe tomatoes of the year?
Well, apparently you shouldn’t do that. Today I had a comment on that post from a very angry person who e-shouted at me about not stealing his/her photos from flickr. I immediately deleted the original post with the photo and sent a personal apology via e-mail, and then discovered I had an inordinate amount of hits on my site from today. I found that a lot of the the hits came from a flickr page where I, among others, was discussed as having admittedly “stolen” the photo from flickr, but that I was not yet added to the official list of “thieves” and that my flickr account had not yet been terminated. This seemed like a major travesty. WTF?
So I logged into flickr, and posted an apology on that forum, apologizing and asking why I wasn’t contacted, considering this was really just ONE PHOTO and I am obviously not stealing and posting on my blog left and right. For the record, I would understand the reaction if my site were full of such photos, but I rarely even post photos. That apology post was either blocked or deleted, for who knows what reason. I then received an e-mail response from the person who apparently took the photo and posted the original comment, lecturing me for a while about the thievery. But I really didn’t know that photos on flickr, which that are readily available for anyone’s download could be copyrighted. I understand now. It won’t happen again. Please stop the hating.
And I really wish I were here right now:
And yes, of course, this is my own photo.