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Written by Eric on September 19, 2013.
These days it seems that everyone is creating their own graphics, it’s a great way to get your message out while sharing your page, blog or website. While most are glad to have their graphics shared, some are very particular about how it’s shared and sourced.
It’s become common place on Facebook for the graphic designer report a copyright violation if their image is not sourced the exact way they prefer, Facebook usually acts with swift, punitive action and penalizes the admin who made the post. As with most reported images with Facebook, there is no recourse. They may say there is, but in my years of running an active page, I have never received a single response to my counter-argument.
I good graphic (meme) will often get shared outside of Facebook as well. Sites such as Reddit, Tumblr, etc. are all about sharing graphics and have millions of users. While the graphic may contain a link and the poster may also add a direct link to the source page, this is often not good enough and the graphic designer may still report you.
What can you do so you don’t get reported on Facebook? Well, there are a couple of things, first is to dig up the source and use the “share” button. For those outside of Facebook this is a huge pain and most won’t do it but Facebook can’t touch you on other sites. Within Facebook however, this is the best way to ensure you don’t get reported. It just requires the extra effort of going to the link, digging for the post, etc.
Secondly, create your own. It’s easy to do with a basic graphics editor and there’s plenty of material out there, then label it with your page. If it’s decent enough it will get shared outside of Facebook as well and there’s a couple of ways to make sure your label is seen.
Add a border, this gives the image a perimeter that looks broken if it’s cropped (yes, people will often crop out your logo/label) and breaks the feel of the graphic.
Also, align your label with your message, see the example below. This will prevent anyone from cropping it out as well.
Lastly, we create these images to be shared. Trying to police “how” they’re shared is ridiculous and frankly, unproductive, think of how much more great material you could’ve created in the time you’ve spent crying to Facebook about someone sharing an image you created to be shared. Good content with a well placed label will get you traffic.