A pet peeve about a pet peeve
What’s our pet peeve when it comes to scene pictures, kids? People who cut off the watermark of professional photos and repost them without providing any kind of credit for where they came from. This, of course, is rampant in the Tumblr blogs, on FetLife, and yes, even on Twitter.
But what really annoys the bejesus out of me? When people steal a photo, post it like it’s their own, and then make up some stupid, cheesy caption to go with it — one that has absolutely nothing to do with the original picture. They make up names, scenarios, etc. Really, do they think they’re fooling anyone? (sigh) I guess they are, when the viewers aren’t in the industry. But anyone who has even a passing familiarity with spanking videos knows when a picture is from a professional shoot.
Last week, one of my friends on FetLife alerted all of us to a Twitter poster whose entire feed was stolen pictures with cheeseball captions. She asked us all to tell him to knock it off and if he didn’t, to report him. So I went to look at this guy’s feed. Sure enough, nothing but pictures taken from various video productions, all with captions hashtagged #SpankingFamily. Scrolled down and voila! There I was, with Alex and Paul. So I commented to the guy, told him that if he wanted to make up scenarios, he should do it with his own damn pictures and stop stealing them. Several other people jumped on him as well. And then? Next time I checked, not only were the photos gone, but the guy’s page was gone too. Good riddance. If only all the others were that easily vanquished.
Those captions really irk me. I mean, for one thing, they’re usually corny to the point of being vomit-worthy. But also, it irks me that the poster thinks the viewers are that stupid.
I especially like some of the captions I’ve seen with stolen pictures of me. One read something along the lines of, “MILF Betty Sue thought she was too old for a spanking. She soon realized the error of her ways!”
Oh, go fuck yourself sideways with a 2 x 4.
My favorite was one from years ago, on FetLife. This guy had posted a picture of Sierra Salem from when she was living with Dallas, standing in front of the fireplace mantel with a bright red backside. Then the clown captioned it with something like, “Barbara learned that bad grades at school would earn her a dose of Daddy’s strap.” Oh, FFS…
I commented on the picture, “This is Sierra Salem, not Barbara. She’s not in school, and this is Dallas’s photo. I don’t think he’d appreciate you appropriating it.”
You’d think the guy would take it down, right? No… he comes back with this: “I know it’s Sierra. Her real name is Barbara and Dallas gave me special permission to spank her.”
Are you kidding me?? How stupid do you think I am, fool? I shot with Sierra. I traveled with her, sat next to her on long plane flights. I shared a hotel room with her. Do you really think I don’t know what her real name is? It ain’t Barbara.
So I did the only thing I could do — I wrote to Dallas and alerted him to the photo and its comments. You can bet that joker took it down after Dallas had a few words with him. :-Þ
Look, I know there are tons of photos floating around out there that have long since had their credits cut off and people who are new may see them and have no clue where they’re from, so they just repost them. That can’t be helped. But please, y’all. If you have any sort of idea where a picture is from, who is in it, etc., credit it properly. Do not cut the identifying watermarks off. And for the love of God, don’t make up those stupid captions. Here’s a thought — take your own freaking pictures, and then you can caption them any cornball way your little heart desires. Fair?
Hi sis, you know I agree with you on this issue, but… If someone were to consider one of my pics cute enough to steal, I might just call a press conference before I called the caretakers!
Miss you long time, muchas smooches!
Tash — HA! You silly woman! You’ve got some steal-able pictures on FetLife, I’ve seen ’em! Miss you too. Hope to see you in February!
Hi Erica, I totally agree with you ☺ Seeing that kind of bull irks me as well 😠 Like you said they should give credit to where it came from, they need to stop making up stupid captions 😡 They even steal spanking videos and put them on different websites that’s not right either ☹ they should mind their own business, sending much Love and hugs to you my awesome friend 😍❤💕
Instead of the old, “Get your ass off my blog/twitter/whatever,” just send out messages on all your accounts saying the contrapositive, “Get MY ass off YOUR blog!” Windy
Jade — this is true; I’ve seen some of my videos in places where they don’t belong.
Windy — Ha! That works!
Hi Erica – I am fairly certain I know which types of posts you are referring to, but I have a question for you.
Personally, I have always avoided using pro pictures to help ‘illustrate’ my posts or stories. However there are a lot of pictures out there where the original source or model is not recognizable and I lean towards using those. If I know the original source I will mention it or leave the watermark on. More often this is the case with illustrations. I believe I have only used a couple of pro shots and actually added the website names myself as the models are recognizable to most people.
So my question, how do you feel about blogs that use pictures to illustrate their stories? Is this the same thing as your examples above?
PS – Maybe Tasha should let me use some of her pictures and problem solved.
Hey Enzo! I have absolutely no problem with blogs using photos off the Internet to illustrate their posts, as long as they credit the photos whenever possible. Sounds like you’re doing exactly that. If there’s no identifying watermark and it’s not clear who is in the picture, I realize that’s pretty much impossible. Some people (I have seen Ronnie do this) ask the readers to identify the picture if they know where it came from. But overall, if a good faith effort has been made to credit the photo, I’m fine with it. I consider it a compliment if something of mine turns up elsewhere, if it’s credited (and not captioned with some nonsense that insults most people’s intelligence).
Some producers don’t like their pictures used in places other than their own sites, even if they are properly identified. Personally, I don’t understand this. If the photos are indeed credited, wouldn’t that just be free advertising?
I guess the risk is still there that you may not like the type of story that goes along with a picture you may be in used to illustrate the story (similar to the photo captions you were originally referring to)? See it can be tricky.
Nah… I don’t think I’d be that picky, honest. Besides, it’s not the same. You’re not pretending that the picture came with your story. With the captions, these people pretend the pictures are their own and make up what they fantasize was the scenario.
It’s human nature to see an image, not know the background, and invent a story to go with it. I find it harmless or even amusing when someone posts a still with a caption when it seems highly unlikely he knows the original premise of the scene/photoset; in some cases the images are so vintage it might be impossible to trace back to the original story. I don’t appreciate poor efforts; sometimes what are clearly institutional images are captioned domestic, or the opposite.
That said, putting other people’s copyrighted images on a social media account is not simply an exercise of imagination to fill the need to have a story to go with an image. Trying to make money or even merely become internet famous on the back of someone else’s original work is wrong.
When I see an image and know the person who made it is still in business, I DO join you in objecting to appropriation of his or her work. And if I were in the business, I’d probably be infuriated.
So I think the urge to make up stories to go with images is human; the practice of stealing other’s work to display those stories in public is, I agree, to be condemned.
Michael — fair enough.