Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Monday, June 18, 2012

Jane Burden Morris In Ceramic (again!)

I'm doing another Jane, fixing the defects I found in her previous ceramic incarnation. She's much better now, and I have started the fine finish. I worked a bit more on the eyes as I found them a teensy bit too deep-set, I brought them out about 1 mm. Small changes make big differences in portraiture! I also evened out the nostrils, the hair and eyebrows.

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Pinterest Copyright Infringement: Finding Your Material Is Not Easy

It's very difficult to find your infringed-upon content on Pinterest - I suspect that Pinterest makes it purposely arduous.

Whatever you do, DON'T USE THEIR STUPID ONLINE FORM! If you make one little error, all your entries are wiped off, and you have to start from scratch. Here, I share some tips that I have picked up.

STEP 1: The Secret Hideouts
Type the following in your browser's address bar, replacing "" by your own domain name:

I believe that this page represents a selection of new, original pins. Repins don't show up on this page. This page gets updated daily around midnight, with a few re-updates during the night or slow times. In Firefox, open the thumbnail images in new tabs. Right-click on the large images and COPY LINK LOCATION and pate in an Excel worksheet, followed by COPY IMAGE LOCATION, also pasted in the Excel worksheet. You need this information for your DMCA notice. Don't close the tabs when you're done, keep them open for STEP 2.

Next, you have to check the secret hideouts for older pins. Type the following addresses in your browser's address bar, replacing "" by your own domain name, as you might uncover older, original pins:

Pages stop at 9.

You might find quite a bit of hidden material there. Again, from all these images, click and open a new tab. Then from these tabs, collect the LINK LOCATION and the IMAGE LOCATION.

PRO-TIP: Find the ZOOM OPTION in your browser's View Menu. It will shrink everything on the page, so that you'll see more images per screen shot.

STEP 2: Drill Up and Down The Repin Tree
For each tab you opened with an image, scroll down until you see the list of people that repinned that image. Click on the link to their PINBOARD. For instance, if your image has been repinned by Sally Skinnamarink onto "Stuff I like," click on the words STUFF I LIKE to get to see what Sally likes, not that you care. Here, scroll to check if there aren't more things of yours that she fancies. Again, open new tabs for each image, collection link locations and image locations

STEP 3: But wait, there's more!
Next, you'll type this in your browser address bar, replacing "widget+propeller" by keywords that may describe your material. Don't forget to add a "+" sign between words:

Scroll down the page, you might recognize your images. Same routine: for each image, open a tab, collect link locations, image locations, and chase down the pinboards of the repinners for more of your images.

SPECIAL NOTE: search result pages are very rarely updated. Weekly perhaps.

STEP 4: What, I'm not finished?
No. Now you're going to Google the following:


That will take you to more individual pins and pinboards with your stuff. If you reach a pinboard, use the search function to locate your website string.

STEP 5: Can I have a drink now?
No. It's good to work while thirsty.

Next step is a Google Image/Image search. Go to Google Images, and type in your search term, example, "widget propellers."

If you find an image that's yours on the page, click on it, and drag and drop in in the search box which will automatically enlarge when you hover over it. Like this:

You'll get a result like this one, pointing out all your image's twins on the internet:

Look in that search result for Pinterest results.

Open in fresh tabs, collect link and image locations.

STEP 6: Leave Me Alone, Man!
No rest for the wicked. You still have to write that DMCA complaint

Re-format all the image locations. They are in this format:

But you must reformat it to remove all the copies in their cache. First, strip off the beginning of each image URL:

You'll have this, for each image:


Did you know your image is stored in 4 different formats? To delete them all, change the letters in the URLs to have a version that ends with a b, a c, an f and a t.


Send them a letter like this one to

Remove these images from your servers (IMAGE LOCATIONS):

They are from my website (LINK LOCATIONS):


I have a good faith belief that the disputed use of the copyrighted material is not authorized by the copyright owner, its agent, or the law (e.g., as a fair use).

I am the owner, or authorized to act on behalf of the owner, of the copyright or of an exclusive right under the copyright that is allegedly infringed.

This information is accurate.

You can rest for now, but be ready to start again tomorrow.

While you sleep, you can dream of a permanent fix:

Sunday, April 29, 2012

"Content Curation" A Fad Word To Elevate Copyright Infringement

I hadn't heard the word "curation" being used outside of the context of Art History PhDs working in museums to pamper the artistic heritage of our civilization until this year.

"Curation" is now used everywhere to describe the practice of assembling images from other websites without permission of the author.

A museum's curator bears the responsibility of a museum's budget, and the cataloging and maintenance of a valuable and irreplaceable art collection. An "online curator" does little more than pick out some pictures out of Google Images searches, labeling them with nonsense like "I like this!" and stuffing them in folders titled "things I like." While the museum counterpart does her work anonymously and quietly in the background, the online "curator" seeks to impress other "curators" with her fine taste in jewelry and easter eggs, seeking the immediate approval of "followers," "likes" and "repins." One makes carefully considered decisions in consultation with a board of directors, the other is a mouse-click away from grabbing other people's content and giving it away to Ben Silbermann.

Unbelievably, there are people that take this ridiculousness so seriously that the attribution of "curated material" is now a hot issue. What? No, really, I'm not kidding. Attribution is a hot issue with those self-styled "curators." They are trying to sort out graphical symbols to show that the material is attributed to its author... or... I hope you're sitting down... its discoverer! That's right, credit to the person who "pinned" or "curated" the image in their "things I like" folder is considered an academically valid option. Meanwhile, the fact that this "curation" is nothing but shameless copyright infringement seems to evade their discourse entirely.

They are imbued with a notion that their "curation" is a benevolent promotion of the artist's work. They have no right to take this decision from the artist. In fact, because Pinterest shows full-size images, there is scant follow up traffic to the artists' websites, forcing the artists to compete not only against their own content, but a large pool of their own content blended in with the best of everyone else's. While all eyes are on Pinterest, making Ben Silbermann rich on other people's creative content, these eyes aren't on the blogs and websites of those that struggle everyday to make that content.

Curated internet content, preserving our glorious heritage for the web-archeologists of the future.

See also:
Curation: It's Shit
STOP Calling It Curation

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Old Watercolors

Some juvenilia from my archival stash of ancient art... you can already see my love of lead lines!

Suburban Gossiper:

Girl With Self-Cut Hair
fashion self-cut hair

Red Haired Woman With Shower Cap

Woman HIding Behind a Truckload of Makeup

American Woman

Oldie But Goodie
senior old woman

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Pinterest Kicks Sand In My Face

Pinterest has hired a new lackey to handle DMCA take downs, and with that, they have a new form letter.

Pinterest is such an arrogant organization, it defies common human decency.

Here I am, sleep-deprived, six websites to recode to be able to curb pinning eventually, hiring a programmer to make me a copyright-detection crawler bracing for the hundreds of Pinterest clones already sprouting all over the internet landscape, greasy-haired, house a mess, a handful of projects in suspended animation. This is what these idiots have decided was fit to send me:

If this resolves your concern, please do not reply. While we love to hear "thank you", these messages create more work for us. Thanks for understanding - and happy Pinning.

First of all, I'm not the one sending them thank-you notes, because I have no time for that.

Secondly, are they really complaining to me about extra work? Are they kidding me?

Thirdly, happy Pinning, with a capital "P?" Really Pinterest, HAPPY PINNING?

Here is a picture I don't mind seeing pinned:

copyright infringement pinterest

UPDATE! My latest round of DMCA responses from Pinterest is now devoid of the offending sentences. It's back to dry business, as it should be.