that you do not want to have anyone cut
and take your cover art. But I thought you might want a little
rundown of what happens in the mind of someone trying to navagate
single time** my cursor even touches the art it switches to the
warning. I am a student of self. I pay attention to what happens
with my emotions. I find that it is offensive to have this message
come up almost each time I move my cursor. It feels like someone
is assuming that I am wanting to **steal** the image and doesn't
shut up about it. It is like it is calling me a "theif"
over and over again. It makes me angry, offended and agrivated and
makes me want to find a way to take the image, and anyone with a
little html and web training could I'm afraid.
there is anyway that you could secure your image without the warning.
I've seen it done on the web in other, less offensive (sorry to
put it that way) ways. Besides, the copywrite warning is already
given in the text of your magazine.
that, I have enjoyed your magazine greatly. Thank you.
for the great feedback! And thanks for appreciating MatriFocus despite
how the swap image makes you feel!
letter brings to mind my favorite quote:
the principles essential to the health of living systems are empowered
participation of all parts and continual negotiation of self-interest
at all levels of organization." Elisabet Sahtouris (Earthdance,
Living Systems in Evolution)
appreciate your "negotiation of self-interest" in terms
of MatriFocus and hope others will follow your lead.
had never occurred to me that the swap-image would be annoying.
I was focused on communicating an important (matrifocal?) value
-- that women's work is to be respected and their ownership of that
of the artists who allow us to publish their work are concerned
about copyright violation, which on the Web is as easy as cut-and-take
(it doesn't even take knowing HTML to find ways around the various
copyright protections generally available). The artists appreciate
the effort and care we take with their copyrights.
you can see, this issue (#1 of year four!) reflects a redesign occasioned
by an increase in contributors and some other changes that made
the former design unworkable.
this issue, we're publishing without that (annoying!) swap image.
We've also put in our budget the purchase of a Digital Watermarking
utility license so that we can embed copyright protections in images
when necessary (protections invisible to readers but trackable,
asking our readers to consider expanding their participation in
MatriFocus in the usual ways -- by contributing writings and art,
and by subscribing to our zine -- and in a new (for us) way -- by
considering our request for donations
to support MatriFocus.
I first received your letter, I had no idea how to address your
concern, yet for this issue and, Goddess-willing, for the foreseeable
future, we'll have a more elegant solution to the image copyright
again for caring and communicating,