Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Raising $5k for CAF to Celebrate Turning 50!

Thank you to all who donated cash or prizes to my fundraiser! The total raised to date is $3240. That is shy of my goal but it is a great accomplishment. I was thrilled by the number of people donating $50 or more. I realize money is tight, so I am deeply touched by your generosity.

I will keep my donation page on CAF active for the foreseeable future, so if you missed out there is still time to donate $10 or more here.
PLEASE Donate at least $10. 

If you won a prize and have not received it yet, please contact me a richcruse@gmail.com

Congratulations to David Murphy, winner of the Suunto Retweet to Win Contest. He won the Suunto M5 watch!


July 17th will be my 50th birthday and to be honest, I am not thrilled about it. It means I will be over the hill and eligible to join AARP!

I began to think about how I could turn this occasion into something positive. It didn't take long for me to realize that raising money for Challenged Athletes Foundation would make me happiest. I don't want or expect gifts, instead I want you to join with me in support of an organization that means so much to me. CAF changes lives. They truly do amazing work. I encourage you to explore their web site at Challenged Athletes to learn more.

Here is the link to my CAF donation page.
  PLEASE Donate at least $10. 

Donate $50 for my 50th, and be eligible for my exclusive prize drawing as well! I have had some very kind donations of prizes from some good friends and even a celebrity or two!
If you want to donate a prize, please feel free to email me at richcruse@gmail.com.

The Prizes

Category One Prizes Twitter Only -
Suunto M5 
These will be part of the RT and Follow Contest and will be open to all  US Residents to win. You must Re-Tweet and follow @CAFoundation, @CrusePhoto and the prize giver on Twitter to be eligible to win. Follow me on Twitter for each contest and details. Re-Tweet as many times as you wish, but one RT per Twitter name will be counted. (No donation is required).
  1. Oakley Fuel Cell Sunglasses - Black $100 retail value courtesy @Oakley
  2. Starbucks Via Coffee Gift bag from @Starbucks Aliso Creek & La Paz in Laguna Niguel
  3. One Year Subscription to Inside Triathlon Magazine @InsideTri
  4. An autographed copy of "I am Here to Win" by Chris McCormack @MaccaNow 
  5. An autographed copy of "To Be a Runner" by Martin J Dugard @MartinJDugard
  6. $50 Apple gift card (2 to be given away) provided by @GirlsGoneGeek 
  7. K-Swiss sandals, an autographed poster & Powerbars from @JoshCox
  8. PhotoTools 2.6 from @onOneSoftware $249 value
  9. "25 Years of Ironman" autographed by Ironman Hall of Famer @Bob_Babbitt 
  10. Access Hollywood's "The Royal Wedding" Commemorative book. Signed by @billybush
  11. Suunto M5 watch $205 retail value from @SuuntoUSA 
Suunto M5 drawing is July 17th- Tweet the following to be eligible. " Giveaway thru 07/17! Win a Suunto M5 Watch, follow @CrusePhoto @SUUNTOUSA & tweet. Support CAF & Donate here. http://bit.ly/kSE9Sg #RCSU "  Tweet as many times as you wish, but only one tweet per Twitter name will be counted. you must follow @SUUNTOUSA and @CrusePhoto to be eligible to win. Winner will be announced July 18th.

Follow and re-tweet prizes will be chosen at random from qualifying entries. Sorry but the RT contest is restricted to US residents only.
    Signed by THE Dave Stewart!
    Category Two Prizes require a $50 donation or more. 
    Receive one entry for each $50 donation.
    1. Photo Suite 5.5.3 software from @onOneSoftware $349 value.
    2.  "The Dave Stewart Songbook: The Stories Behind the Songs"  autographed by @DaveStewart 
    3. Avia Running Shoes from @AVIArunning  
    4. Reflect Sports Gift Pack ($85 value) from @hoohahrideglide 
    5. "25 Years of Ironman"book Autographed by @Bob_Babbitt
    6. Just Added! Lunch or Dinner for 4 at the Prestigious New York Yacht Club in NYC or the Rhode Island annex hosted by @AndrewHersam. Valued at nearly $1000! Good thru August 2012, so if you are going to IM NYC, you can use it then! 

    Category Two prizes will be given away at the end of the contest on July 17th via random drawing. Please follow @CAFoundation and me @CrusePhoto on Twitter. I encourage you to follow my sponsors as well!  All donors who win will be notified via the email they used for their donation to CAF or Twitter name. One Prize per donor in the Category Two Prizes. Your chance of winning increases with each $50 donation but only one prize per person. Prize winners will be selected in sequence with the first person selected having first choice of the prizes. It will continue down the list until all prizes have been awarded. 

    My Facebook page is https://www.facebook.com/rcphoto
    Please Like https://www.facebook.com/CAForg on Facebook as well.
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    Sunday, May 22, 2011

    Changing the Rules in the Middle of the Game?! TwitPic Crosses the Line.

    For over two years, I have been using Twitter to share my photos with the world. It brings me great satisfaction to be able to "Tweet" a photo and have it instantly available for the world to see. Since the beginning, I have used Twitpic to post images. It works with Twitter for iPhone and is easy to use via web browser as well. I have close to 1000 images on TwitPic.

    Last week, I posted my last image to Twitpic. This is because I was made aware of a huge change in their TOS (Terms of Service).

    You retain all ownership rights to Content uploaded to Twitpic. However, by submitting Content to Twitpic, you hereby grant Twitpic a worldwide, non-exclusive, royalty-free, sublicenseable and transferable license to use, reproduce, distribute, prepare derivative works of, display, and perform the Content in connection with the Service and Twitpic's (and its successors' and affiliates') business, including without limitation for promoting and redistributing part or all of the Service (and derivative works thereof) in any media formats and through any media channels. 
     If you read carefully, you will see that Twitpic is now claiming that by uploading your photo to their service, you give them permission to sell your photos to third parties without any compensation to you! WHAT?!!! Who in their right mind would agree to this? What is most disturbing is that this change was made without any official notification to me nor was I given the opportunity to opt out. From a legal standpoint, I believe that if I discover any of my images that were uploaded before this change went into affect were sold for profit, I will have legal grounds to sue them. I never agreed to those terms- and I never will!

    Twitpic has made plenty of money off the advertising on each page with a photo you view, now they are getting greedy. This is not only happening with Twitpic, but also with Plixi (now known as Lockerz) and most all other picture sites for Twitter. This is alarming!

    NEVER GIVE AWAY RIGHTS for others to make money off YOUR Photos- EVER! If there is no compensation to you, then don't allow sites like Twitpic to sell your images. Lockerz approach is slightly different, they will give you "points" for each picture that is sold- Yawn. yFrog has another approach. They state they will never sell your photos without your permission. All requests will be forwarded to you.

    All requests for permission regarding your content usage directed at ImageShack will be forwarded to you. All uploaded content is copyrighted to its respective owners. ImageShack directs full legal responsibility of said content to their respective owners. All content generated by ImageShack is copyrighted by ImageShack. ImageShack is not responsible for any uploaded content, nor is it in affiliation with any entities that may be represented in the uploaded content.
    In my opinion, the Best place to post your photos is: MobyPicture. They have a very straightforward policy on content posted. They will never sell them! They do collect data, but that is it.

    Content Ownership

    All rights of uploaded content by our users remain the property of our users and those rights can in no means be sold or used in a commercial way by Mobypicture or affiliated third party partners without consent from the user.
    This is why ALL my Twitter image posts will be done through MobyPicture in the future. It is available as an option via Twitter apps for iPhone and Android and also on TweetDeck and Twitter for Mac. I highly recommend you stop using Twitpic and tell them why.

    Update: If you are a celebrity or sports star, you might be able to use WhoSay.com
    They provide a unique service for celebrity posts. You need to apply for an invitation.

    Lastly, if you are posting images, it is always a very good idea to add a watermark to them. It basically tags your photos with your name and © and lets everyone know that it's your image. There is a saying in the photo biz, "once it's created it's copyrighted". In a way that is true, you do not have to file paperwork with the US Copyright office to claim copyright on your photos, you do need to file if you want full protection under the law. You are limited in the amount you can claim if your images are not registered with the US Copyright offices, but your images are yours. If someone steals them and you can prove it, you can sue for damages. If your image has a watermark with your © on it and they remove it or crop it off the photo without permission then that is copyright infringement and you have a much stronger case.

    How do I add a watermark? Well, if you have an iPhone, you can use an app. called Impression. It allows you to add text to your photos before you post them. It is $1.99! You can also do this with your photo program on your Mac or PC. There is a program for Mac/PC and iPhone/iPad called iWatermark. It allows you to add text/copyright to your photos. Just add text that says ©2011 (Your Name). This is all you need to do. I recommend you do this to all the photos you post to the public on Facebook, Twitter or on your web site. That way, no one can repost without your permission. If they do, at least people know where it came from.

    To conclude, don't let sites like Twitpic profit from your images. Read the TOS before your post your images to any site. Protect your copyrights.  Always add a watermark with your name and © to all images you post for public viewing!