Pirate or Not by Claire Plaisted

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Accusations are easy to toss at someone and can rapidly turn into an opinionated argument or even get violent, be it with words you can’t take back or in person with a shouting match. Most of the words are out of an intense desire to be right or be the, know it all even when they are wrong.

Apparently I’m a pirate. Why? Because I didn’t pay for my photos, I didn’t credit or link the photos to where I got them from. Well I nearly blew. I ranted to a friend, calmed and cooled down and thought about it. Therefore a pirate I am.

I can’t imagine myself with an eye patch, a hook on my arm, nor a parrot on my shoulder. I mean seriously. Little old me a PIRATE. NAH. Yes I realise we all make mistakes at times, however, even when I do and if they are pointed out to me, then I will deal with it straight away. Like everyone else I dislike making mistakes. However, I won’t bite and cause an argument. I will, after much thought either pounce and respond to a comment, or I will delete the comment and get on with fixing a mistake. Don’t call me a Pirate just because that is what my blog was about. Don’t call me a pirate if I make a mistake, mention it to me so I can rectify it. Don’t call me a Pirate unless you have done your research and can bloody well prove I stole something intentionally to use to my advantage and give away to other people. I look after people, I help them, I teach them. JUST DON’T

The photos in question were FREE from PIXABAY and from my husband’s cell phone camera. ON PIXABAY you don’t have to credit anyone unless you wish to. Sometimes I do, sometimes I don’t. As for my darling husband – Well he gave me the photo to use.

If PIXABAY doesn’t have a photo then I use google images. Now this is where you have to be careful. Once you have the images on your computer, look up to just about the images and click on SEARCH TOOLS. This drops down a new level. Look for USAGE RIGHTS, click on this and it will open a box. Tick the one saying LABELLED FOR REUSE. Google will refresh the age and you can then chose any of the images without any copyright infringement.

ONLY BECAUSE I DON’T CHOSE TO CREDIT OR LINK PHOTOS DOESN’T MEAN I STOLE THEM. I AM NOT A PIRATE. WE ALL MAKE MISTAKES, INCLUDING ME, IT STILL DOESN’T MAKE YOU A PIRATE.

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