The first three roses are all Double Delight.
Don't you love the variety of color in just one rose bush? If you've been reading my blog for a while, you know how much I love my garden. And not just my garden, I do enjoy sharing some of my favorite restaurants and recipes with all of you.
Blogging has no hard or fast rules since it's an unregulated medium. But I do abide by my own set of rules. I always give credit to the source of every recipe I use. I don't copy anyone's photos. If I like something, I give a link to the proper source. And if you read my copyright notice over there to the right ==>, you'll also notice that I don't give permission for anyone to copy my pictures or text either. Every once in a while, I do a search for my blog and see what pops up. Several people have liked some of my food pictures and copied it to their own blogs, but they gave credit back and a link back to me, so I'm not going to be anal about it.
Which brings me to my point about roses and plagiarism, or copyright infringement. My favorite Double Delight rose picture was originally on my Best of 2006 Roses post in January. So I was very surprised to see my picture on Huong Le's blog. (The picture has since been removed.) Without any credit given. It's definitely my picture. My Double Delight rose bush, my marigolds faded into the background. Granted she's only using the photo and not precisely claiming credit for it herself. But you see, it's not her photo to use in the first place.
Several times, I commented and asked her to please credit the photo to me, or to remove it from her site. No response. The irony is that the friend she credits for getting her started with blogging is an amateur photographer who watermarks all her photos.
Now, in the overall scheme of things, I realize this incident isn't as bad as what happened with Eating Asia, in which a Shanghai Daily reporter stole whole sections of her text and fake-quoted her. But Huong Le taking my photo and publishing it on her blog, and not deigning to respond to several requests to credit me or remove it from her site? Yeah, I'm annoyed. Very annoyed. Very, very annoyed.
How does this affect you? Well, it certainly doesn't since it wasn't your blog she copied from. But it could be. I know a lot of my blogging friends have copyright warnings on their blogs as well. I'm not going to sic a lawyer on her or anything. I'm just annoyed.
But I'm not going to let a bad apple ruin blogging for me.
So now, back to my rose pictures. Please enjoy. I like sharing my beauties with you. Just don't take without my permission, OK?
Paul Ecke Jr.
Peace (I hope I got these right. I'm always mixing them up. My mom planted the Chicago Peace and Peace rose bushes.)
Ramblin' Red Climber (These are on both sides of my front door and hopefully will frame an arch of red roses over my door one day.)
I think this is Paradise? Heirloom? I can't remember. :( It was $1.97 bare root rose so I don't have the bag saved.
Autumn Sunset Climbing (This is climbing up the side and over the roof of the gazebo.)
Updated May 4, 2007: Thanks to everyone who went over to Huong Le's blog on my behalf. After repeatedly ignoring my requests, she acknowledged your comments and finally gave credit for the picture.
The blogosphere can be pretty small, it's simply common courtesy to acknowledge your sources.
Updated May 6, 2007: Do I have that many lurkers who came to my defense? I truly didn't want to hound the poor girl, but I wasn't getting any response before this post. The photo has now been removed. I've decided to keep the post largely as-is though because while a non-credited photo is merely an annoyance, I think the issues I raised about blogging, plagiarism, and copyright infringement are valid.