I have this obsession about intellectual property and the nasty fact that everything one posts on the internet is going to be copied by those less able to create their own. Often times things are not simply copied but cropped and changed in a manner that they are no longer recognizable to anyone with the hopes the original artist/author won't figure out their creation has in fact been STOLEN!
In December, I created and posted a few memes using images I had sourced from Google images or from royalty free sites like imagesource, pixabay, or that had been found on DeviantArt with the artists watermark clearly visible. Then in January I did a complete month of memes I called "From the Pages of My Journal" where I sourced each image I used then added thoughts or quotes taken directly from MY personal journal I had been keeping since I began my journey on this crooked path I travel. On these images, I added my logo and watermark then shared them to the Facebook page for The Feisty Witch.
There are so many people out there who feel they have a good grip on the copyright laws and made sure to let me know I'd violated ALL of them. Unfortunately for them, they weren't as knowledgeable as they'd like to think they are. I've researched copyright laws so much my eyes crossed with everything I read about it. The readers digest version is MOST artists do not mind if their image has been used for a meme as long as their watermark hasn't been removed, accreditation has been given and that image is not being used for monetary gain. You can't make money off someone else's stuff, plain and simple.
The simple definition of Meme is:
an element of a culture or system of behavior that may be considered to be passed from one individual to another by nongenetic means, especially imitation.
a humorous image, video, piece of text, etc. that is copied (often with slight variations) and spread rapidly by Internet users.
And once a meme is created it IS the intellectual property of the person who created it.
My obsession with protecting my intellectual property was bad, and I needed to find a way to get it under control in order to lessen the impact it was having on my mental health. So ... I took time away from creating, away from sharing my words and dug deep into the inner me to figure out which path I needed to take. It took a while, I fought my demons and at times, refused to budge or let the answer be seen. However, when you are working with the Goddesses that have claimed me, there is no choice but to accept what they say, if you don't they are very good at reinforcing what they want you to know.
Bottom line ... everything I create from this moment forward and post online will have my watermark and logo included. Each item will also be protected by the Deities I work with and they will know my intentions. There will be no more obsessing, no more DMCA take-down notices filed. No more worrying about them being stolen.
The Gods will be in control of what happens after that.