Don’t Steal & Give Credit Where Credit is Due Watermark - Give Credit Where Credit is Due

Today you may notice that all of my Gelish swatches have a new watermark symbol on them.  Unfortunately, I’ve been having a lot of issues with people and companies stealing my images and cropping out the watermark (aka copyright infringement!).  I really didn’t want to cover my pictures with invasive watermarks, but I don’t see any other way to protect my property.

I spend countless hours polishing my nails, taking photos, editing and writing blog posts in an attempt to create a valuable resource for nail polish lovers.  I don’t make a lot of money doing this… it’s a labor of love.  All I ask in return is that if you use my pictures, please leave the watermarks in tact and give credit!  It’s really that simple.  Just because you find images on Google or social media sites doesn’t mean they are free for the taking and you can do whatever you like with them.  These photos are my property and I reserve all rights to them.

If you see my photos in use without the proper credits in place, please let me know through my contact form.  Don’t post their links in the comments because we don’t want to send any traffic or business their way!  Thanks for understanding.

7 Responses

  1. Shelley Wehrman says:

    I’m so sorry this has happened to you. I really enjoy and look forward to your posts, I hope this won’t make you give up your labor of love!! I APPRECIATE your work and your site!!

  2. Lacqueerisa says:

    Its really sad, that this issue has been raised for more than enough times yet people still commit the offence. But I do love the new watermark :) Still looking very professional.

  3. Pamela says:

    I’m so sorry to hear about this. I very much appreciate your labor of love! You are my ‘go to’ with any questions I have with my new obsession! As above, your new watermark is great looking and professional. Keep up the great work! Thanks! ;)

  4. Tishana says:

    That is really tacky and ridiculous people do that! I appreciate all your work, your swatches are absolutely amazing! Thank you for your hard work!

  5. I understand how you feel. I had the same thing happen to me in the past. We put a lot of work taking photos and uploading them etc. If I ever see your pics on ebay I will most definately let you know about it.

  6. Andrea says:

    Thank you for the kind words everyone, and thank you to everyone that sent me messages through my contact form reporting sites and ebay sellers that are using my images. :)

  7. Thresa says:

    Hi Andrea, I learnt about it from a reading. Instead of fighting against it just use it for your advantages. I mean it’s hard to police or safeguard other people to copy your pictures. So I suggest to make your watermark showing your address (so people know where your website is) and put it in a place where it’s difficult to crop or clone. That’s all I can say.