August 20, 2018

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World Intellectual Property Day!

What should you do if your digital content is stolen?

After a lovely weekend camping in the Sawtooth National Forest, I woke up to an email notifying me of another website’s pingback to two of my recent blog posts Low Nickel Gardening and Nickel Free Sunscreen. Whenever I write anything online, I enable the pingback setting in the rare instance another website will link back to my blog post. The majority of the time I’m aware when a blog post link will be pinged back because they have contacted me and sought permission or collaboration. However on this particular Monday morning, another website had scrapped or copied my entire blog post content, including my photographs. Not only was it alarming to have my content outright stolen, but to have my copy written content and photographs of Stevie and I gardening and my face claiming to be the work of another’s website hurt.

I went online to get support from other bloggers and one suggested I use the perspective that my content is “awesome enough to steal.” WTF. Who says that? Another blogger mentioned her food photographs had been stolen by a national magazine company and one was placed on the first cover of a national magazine. She suggested not paying for an attorney and letting “karma do its job.” I appreciate their perspectives, but no, a lot of time and energy went into crafting my content and the photographs were family photos. I’m not going to sit around and accept it’s okay for another person or company to infringe on my copyright rights.

What should you do if your digital content / intellectual property is stolen?

August 18, 2015

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Bridges Cafe & Catering Catfish Hash. Photo taken by Sara Howe.

Our photo was featured on!

We love the social media! We find great joy in engaging with others and following interesting people and businesses. It’s also a great way for us to stay up to day on trends.

Everyone loves food in this town. If you haven’t already enjoyed Bridges Cafe & Catering‘s delicious breakfast options – check them out. They update their specials menu every Friday.

Yesterday Travel Portland featured a picture our founder Stevie Howe took of Bridges’ Catfish Hash on their website, that we posted on Instagram!

TravelPortland.Com featured Howe Innovative's photograph of Bridges Cafe & Catering's Catfish Hash.

TravelPortland.Com Featured Howe Innovative’s Breakfast photograph of Bridges Cafe & Catering’s Catfish Hash.

May 20, 2015

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Why Pinterest Deleted My Pin

Why Pinterest Deleted My Pin!

I love pinning on Pinterest. Recently I received notification from Pinterest about the removal of one of my pins. The company informed me that a copyright complaint was received and that the person or company promoting the content was told to remove it from both Pinterest and their website.

The email notice I received from Pinterest informed me about “When a copyright owner sends us a complete notice per the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA), it’s our policy to remove the Pin(s).” The DMCA was passed by Congress in 1998 to reduce internet plagiarism and online copyright infringement. As creators of content ourselves, we appreciate social media platforms like Pinterest proactively dealing with copyright complaints and informing their users about the process.

January 27, 2014

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Your Brand, Your Website

You have a great idea, product or service. You use the internet and love finding useful information through Google. You figure you need a website to promote your awesome idea or business.


Wanting a low cost alternative to your own website, perhaps to you turn to Yahoo, Blogspot, or Etsy.


There can be benefits to these low-cost sites. However, realize there are specific reasons why Yahoo, Blogspot and Esty don’t use their own free design services.