Take Your Name Off It and I’ll Buy a Print

Several years ago my work was being “stolen” (ripped off, infringed upon, misappropriated, orphaned, and then sold by others) with such frequency that I nearly stopped making anything new. Then I had the “brilliant” idea of incorporating my name into the work. The image above is an early example. Can’t miss that name! But why is it there? Because I considered it an organic watermark, so fundamental to the composition that it would destroy the work if removed. I’d solved the problem!

Bwahahah! Wrong

The faces I made that way were immediate failures. “Why’s your name there? Take it out and maybe I’ll buy it!” – that was what I heard from one potential customer. “Get famous, then I’ll want to look at your name.”  – another comment.

My name didn’t do well as a copyright identifier, either. “Where’s the copyright symbol? Either it’s a copyright mark or it isn’t. This way’s just stupid.”  Yes, OK. Got it.

I still struggle with copyright issues but I’ve given up on this particular idea. Someday I may try to rework the images but until then they act as salient reminders of how very ridiculous some ideas can be when implemented by the wrong people. I couldn’t pull it off. The work was – simply – not strong enough. 

Live and learn? Every day. :)

6 Comments

    1. Hi, Cindy! That’s what I intended – a statement plus some sort of protective identifier. But I guess it needed to be done with more oooomph, or something, bec the response was awful. I’ll try it again sometime. Thank you for telling me!!!! You’ve given me hope. 🥰👋

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