Copyright Violations on the Internet

January 25, 2014
"Tree of Life ©2001 Marian Osher www.marianosher.com

“Tree of Life ©2001 Marian Osher http://www.marianosher.com

In early October, 2013 I was horrified to discover widespread copyright infringements on the internet, of my “Tree of Life” original artwork which I created in 2001. The scope of these infringements has been worldwide. Products were made and offered for sale using my “Tree of Life” artwork. This same artwork was taken and used as avatars and profile images. It was displayed on websites and blogs with sharing, all without my permission and without my knowledge or credit.

Since October, I have had to spend countless hours of time taking screenshots of infringements, writing and sending notifications to websites, locating hosts of websites as well as translating notifications into a variety of languages.  It has been a nightmare!  It has affected my sleep and my peace of mind, and has significantly cut into my studio time.

Artists BEWARE! This can happen to you.  It is NOT flattering when someone takes your artwork and posts it without credit and without your permission.  It is painful, and you will wake up in the middle of the night knowing that the integrity of your artwork, your creation has been compromised.  You will feel creatively violated!

Users, please think before you take an image from the internet.  Remember, SOMEONE created that artwork, and if you can’t find the source to ask permission, DON’T USE IT!

Although I am still in the throes of notifications and removal requests, I have learned a lot from this awful experience.  So I have decided to turn it into something positive for other creatives and for users of the internet. In future postings,  I will write about tools which have helped me to get removals, as well as how artists can protect their images on the web.  I also want to help educate users of the internet to understand and be aware of the damage they cause to the creative community when artwork is taken and used without permission and without credit to the artist. Remember the golden rule.  And remember that there are copyright laws that apply to the internet.

My “Tree of Life” artwork ©2001 Marian Osher is filed for registration with the US Copyright Office.

Dog Days of Summer

June 20, 2013

Cool off in the Dog Days of Summer at the Philip Morton Gallery in Rehoboth, Delaware, with my Dog Friendly mixed-media paintings with photo collage and sand on canvas.
Located at 47 Baltimore Ave, Rehoboth Beach, Delaware. 302-727-0905

Dogs are allowed to walk their owners with leashes on public beaches off season, and year round on designated beaches of the Delaware Seashore State Park.  Owners may walk without their dogs on all public beaches in season. It is fun to observe the antics of people and dogs on the beaches, and to be a part of the tail wagging scene with my own dog on the beach.

Three Dog Day

Three Dog Day

A Kiss is Just a Kiss

A Kiss is Just a Kiss

Good Dog

Good Dog

Happy Dolg

Happy Dog

Tails

Tails

Who's Walking Whom?

Who’s Walking Whom?

Don’t Miss “Celebration!” in the Big Apple

March 16, 2013
Momentum-cropped-copyright-Marian-Osher

Momentum (detail) ©2012 Marian Osher acrylic painting on canvas, 18″ x 18″

You are Invited

Marian Osher’s mixed-media painting and printmaking on canvas celebrates a broad spectrum of colors, textures and dimensions that stimulate her personal vision. Floral gifts from friends and family are reinterpreted in paintings and monotype printmaking on sculpted canvas. An avid beachcomber, Osher combines paintings of shells, real shells and sand, extending the composition onto the sides of small deep canvases. Additionally, she explores compositions with shells in monotype printmaking, building multiple levels on canvas. She hopes that viewers will feel tactile and sensory connections to their own experiences.

Reception: Thursday, April 4, 2013, 6 to 8 pm

Exhibition dates: April 2 – April 27, 2013

Location: Ceres Gallery
547 West 27th Street, Suite 201, New York, NY 1001
(between 10th and 11th Avenue in Chelsea)

Telephone: 212-947-6100 www.ceresgallery.org
Gallery Hours: Tues – Sat 12 to 6 pm, Thurs 12 to 8 pm
Gallery Director and press contact: Stefany Benson
To preview the exhibition online click here.

Beach Life Paintings Featured at the Philip Morton Gallery, Rehoboth, Delaware

August 8, 2012

The activities of people on the beach repeat themselves over and over again with variations of human activity — playing, reading, digging, swimming, fishing, talking, eating, watching, sleeping, schlepping, walking, and putting sun tan lotion on their bodies. They do the things that people do as a species. But Read the rest of this entry »

To Price or Not to Price? –That is the Question

August 8, 2012

Should artists post prices for their artwork on their websites? Check out a lively discussion by artists and gallery directors about the pros and cons of listing prices on artists’ websites. (reddotblog link at the end of this post). I still have mixed opinions about this myself, Read the rest of this entry »

Website Under New Management!

June 26, 2012

Thanks to the encouragement of my web wizard and talented friend Elise Nicol, I finally took the plunge.

From this day forward, http://www.marianosher.com will be configured and updated by me! After looking at many options, I decided to try a free 7 day trial with http://www.foliolink.com.  A great choice for me, since I am not HTML savvy at all. Read the rest of this entry »

Saturday Night Very Much Alive at Philip Morton Gallery Reception

June 12, 2012

Saturday night was “alive” with a constant stream of people at the Philip Morton Gallery.  I had a great time meeting lots of interesting people.  One of those people was Alan Henney, a multi-talented writer, photographer, videographer, and radio show producer, who interviewed me at the reception.  Below is the photo that he took of me with some of my artwork as well as his write-up, included in the online Beach News Report.

Marian Osher at Philip Morton Gallery reception (photo by Alan Henney)

“Next to Anita’s new studio, is the Philip Morton Gallery. Eric Davison, director of the gallery, has another exciting season planned and more exquisite glass work coming soon. In addition to paintings, the classy gallery is known for its fine glass, sculpture and mixed media.

One of the recent artists he is featuring is Marian Osher. She has a series of 10 beach life scenes on exhibition. They are mixed media acrylic painting and photo collages on canvas. Marian says she likes to take generic photos of people on the beach. They each have their own story of who, why and what they are. She takes the photos, applies paint and actual beach sand giving the work a unique texture and beach feel and she likes to extend the work to the frame’s edges. She too has exhibitions in New York and Washington, D.C. Check her Website or look at her work — and much more — in person at the Philip Morton Gallery, 47 Baltimore Avenue.”

written by Alan Henney   http://henney.com/weekend03/

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If you are visiting Rehoboth, Delaware and missed the reception, I hope you’ll stop by the Philip Morton Gallery.
Open:
Thursdays, Sundays, Mondays 11 to 5
Fridays and Saturdays 11 to 2:30, and 5:30 to 9 or 10pm
After July 4: Also open Tuesdays 11 to 5
(always closed Wednesdays)

47 Baltimore Avenue in the heart of downtown Rehoboth
302-727-0905  You can also visit the gallery online.
the gallery’s website: http://www.philipmortongallery.com

To see a selection of my artwork at the Philip Morton Gallery, click on my name on the list of New Works at the top of the home page

Rehoboth Beach Second Saturday Art Walk

June 6, 2012

If you are in Rehoboth Beach, DE this weekend,
after a great day on the beach, you’ll enjoy the

“A Great Beach Day” by Marian Osher size: 6″ x 6″

Rehoboth Beach Second Saturday Art Walk
Saturday June 9, 2012 from 6 to 9 pm

And be sure to come to the reception at the
Philip Morton Gallery
47 Baltimore Avenue in the heart of downtown Rehoboth
302-727-0905
Map of all participating galleries:
http://www.mosaicrehoboth.com/find/index.html

Three Stories Tall and Rising!

June 1, 2012

Exterior mural by Andrew Dera

I recently met a really interesting artist in Rehoboth, Delaware. His name is Andrew Dera and he has worked as a muralist and sculptor for 15 years. Although he is self-taught, his work spans the country, from Delaware to San Diego. Read the rest of this entry »

New Art at the Philip Morton Gallery

May 29, 2012
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“Man with the Red Hat” Marian Osher ©2012 size: 12″ x 12″ x 1.5″

I am very pleased to be one of the artists now represented by the Philip Morton Gallery in Rehoboth, Delaware. This gallery exhibits an interesting selection of original paintings, sculptures, mixed media and glass.

If you are visiting Rehoboth Beach, Delaware, Read the rest of this entry »