The very first year that I started this blog, I found a picture by the wonderful artist known as Endart that I wanted to post. I wrote to him asking for permission to do so.
He was nice enough to write back and said to go ahead, and that I didn't need his permission. He only asked two things:
Do not change or crop the picture in any way.
Leave the watermark intact.
That's the policy I've gone by ever since when it comes to reposting pictures. So if someone has their watermark/website name on the picture--for example, Spanked Sweeties--then the Spanked Sweeties logo is going to be the picture when I put it on the blog.
If that same picture were to show up here without the trademark? The only way that happens is if someone else removes it and then I copy that picture during a web search and later post it here. The logo or watermark is free advertising for whatever site it represents, and they rightly deserve to have that.
So, I post pictures as I find them. I will not change or alter them in any way, and the trademark remains intact. And if any of the owners of that content object to my using one of their pictures, I would hope they let me know, and I will remove it.
So far that policy has served me well, and that's how I plan to continue for however much longer this blog exists.
The Endart picture that started it all? It's called Warm Under Plaid, and here it is: