Hey y'all - the Pirate Queen is back, except that I had no idea! Yikes. I HATE when I act in ignorance and even more so when I err in ignorance.
Several of you will receive the following email, I'm sure:
on this site of your blog www. xxx.html
> and on others you show my artwork "Tattoo" (mis)used as a kind of logo
> for a "Writers Challenge". My copyright signature was cut and I didn't
> get any kind of credit (or royalty). That is copyright infringement!
> All my works are copyrighted. They may not be copied, printed, saved to
> disc, altered, reproduced or otherwise distributed (e.g. shown at other
> homepages, forums or blogs or send as greeting cards, etc.) without my
> For that reason I strongly advice you to delete it immediately.
> Otherwise you will be charged for damages.
> Regards, Karin Kuhlmann
> P:S: You will find the origial here:
Here is the response I made:
Dear Ms. Kuhlman,
At least two of the participants in a writing challenge that I am hosting forwarded to me an email you wrote concerning a piece of your artwork entitled "Tattoo."
I would have hoped that you'd notice my URL on the sign and contacted me directly. These folks were merely copying a button that I made.
Having said that, I found your piece, unattributed and without a signature, via a Google search, as I do most of the art that I use. I had no idea that it had been lifted from your site, and certainly no idea it had been done without your permission. We will pull it immediately, and I am profusely sorry.
You may want to reconsider posting your pieces online, or perhaps password protecting them; I can only guess how common it is for internet copyright infringement to occur - it seems now I have been inadvertently guilty of it. My apologies.
So, bottom line - everyone remove your logos RIGHT NOW and I'll have another made by the weekend. And this time I'm using my own, finger-painted art to which I grant myself permission of use.