Recently, a facebook group called Gundam Conversion Kit posted images from the well known modeller and friend of mine Ed. Getting added exposure from these groups, websites and youtube channels is great, but not so great when they are used for no other purpose than to provide content for commercial exposure, and have no credits or links back to the original modeller. It appears that this group does this regularly looking through the posts, some identifiable by markings on the images. When i pulled them up on it, as did several other modellers on their page they just played the ignorant card. I suggest dropping them a polite message too if you have the time to let them know we think what they are doing is unacceptable, here.
Another example is recently, we had a troll intercept the mecha lounge, who scraped and posted images of models claiming them to be their own work, when they clearly were not. As this particular, vile and very little man (yes, we know who it is) did little to disguise that fact, but it exposes another potential issue for modellers sharing their work online.
There are several groups, websites and blogs that exist sharing images without credits, having little respect for permission or copyright, and it’s somewhat unavoidable. Some will be doing it of course, just for the love of the hobby, and will happily correct with polite communication.
Now there is not a lot you can do, especially when you are sending your images off to large blogs such as GunJap or Gundam Guy who do credit you for your work, when unscrupulous scrapers copy your images for re-sharing.
Which brings me to my point – there are a few modellers out there posting pictures with no markings whatsoever – so I strongly advise that you do!
It does nto have to be a full-on, across the subject watermark – just a simple bit of text that is not easily edited out with your modelling persona, URL or blog. If your not fussed about being credited for your work, then by all means ignore this message!