August 14, 2012

Copyright Laws?

I get so many junk emails that most of the time I just delete ones that I don’t want to read that day to get them off my phone and if I have time I’ll actually take time to unsubscribe. I guess today was different. I got an email from Liquid Courage Flasks, a company that I purchased a flask from back in March. My girlfriends and I were driving to a music festival and found these flasks and ordered as soon as we had access to a computer. I boasted about how fast their service was via a blog post because I made a purchase and two days later my package arrived. I wanted them to know how much I liked their product and wanted them to hear how much I appreciated their fast delivery so I tweeted them my blog post. I heard nothing in return. Monday, August 13 I received an email from that same company, Liquid Courage Flasks. I opened the email because I was curious to see if there was anything new. I scrolled down to the bottom to see…….my photo. Smack dab in the middle under Vodka Vendettas.   Yep, I took a photo of the flask I purchased while sitting on my front porch and uploaded it to Instagram and this blog. If you take a look at the bottom of their email, it states that their email is Copyright 2012 Liquid Courage Flask. All rights reserved. So here I am perplexed about the situation. Liquid Courage Flasks used my photo without my permission. Liquid Courage Flasks did not ask to use my photo. Liquid Courage Flasks used my photo in an advertisement for financial gain or sales of their products. Would they have done this if I was in the photo and not just their product? I should just ask them to take the photo down right? Well, it was already sent out as an email blast to who knows how many people. You can’t recall that email. I’m going to let you compare the photos above. The one on the left was taken a couple of months ago while I was sitting on my front porch and the one of the right was the photo that Liquid Courage Flasks used that was also taken on my front porch. Same stepping stone sidewalk.So where do copyright laws start and stop? Just because it is on the internet doesn’t mean that they can just freely use it without permission. It’s not public domain. It’s not on Facebook. It’s on my personal blog. I do not gain any profits from this blog.In my field of public relations we study copyright laws, trademarks, libel, slander, etc. While studying for your accreditation in public relations (APR) you read chapters about PR and the law. Questions regarding this are on the nationally recognized test. Page 24 of the online APR Study Guide covers copyright. APR Study Guide 10 Big Myths about Copyright Explained Legal Lesson Learned: Copywriter […]
July 31, 2012

Our Favorite Asparagus.

I never thought I liked asparagus. I sent the hubby to the store to grab some things for dinner and he comes home with asparagus for a vegetable side because of course he loves it. Not being a huge vegetable fan, I had no idea how to cook it and I started looking for recipes. I finally found one that is so easy and we love it. We make it ALL of the time and it’s a staple to add to your recipe collection. Stir-Fried Asparagus Stolen from – sent in by Carolyn Sutter from Orangevale, California 1-1/2 pounds fresh asparagus, trimmed and cut into 2-inch pieces (about 4 cups)  (I just trim the ends off) 2 tablespoons of butter 1 tablespoon vegetable oil 3 tablespoons chicken broth 1 teaspoon lemon juice 1 teaspoon soy sauce (I use a lot more than a teaspoon) 1/4 teaspoon pepper 2 tablespoons slivered almonds, toasted (optional) In a large skillet or wok, stir fry asparagus in butter and oil for two minutes. Stir in the broth, lemon juice, soy sauce and pepper. Cover and cook for 2 to 3 minutes or until asparagus is tender. Sprinkle with almonds. Yield: 4 servings (or in our case 2 servings) There you go! Enjoy!
July 17, 2012

Miranda Lambert Interview.

Yep, you read that correctly. I interviewed country superstar Miranda Lambert. It might have totally been through her publicist through email but it happened!! People have asked me if I really thought she answered those questions herself. If you read the article and you know your country music you would know that her answers sound exactly like she’s talking to you. Take a look see yourself. I was able to interview Miranda because she had a concert at The Wharf Amphitheater in Orange Beach, Ala.on July 12. The Independent News, published weekly, asked me to start covering the country music scene. Unfortunately, Miranda’s concert was postponed due to her doctor ordering her to have vocal rest. The new concert date is Thursday, October 4.  Country Cool Girl Heats Up Orange Beach
July 17, 2012

Blackened Snapper Recipe.

My husband likes to fish…and maybe I should even lean toward he loves to fish. For the past 43 days it has been Red Snapper season and he’s been fishing as much he can. I just want to make sure he’s safe out there on the water because he kayak fishes. He has a Hobie Pro Angler (you know the kind with the foot pedals) and it’s a pretty wide kayak so I feel he’s pretty safe out there and I even made him get one of those red flags to go on the back…but he has a bright yellow kayak that’s hard to miss.   Now, what you’re really here for is the recipe. My freezer has been full of fish and I’m still learning how to cook different recipes. The past couple of times I just used Lawry’s Herb and Garlic Marinade and just baked it on 350 degrees for 15 to 20 minutes. But…I wanted to step out of my comfort zone and I wanted some blackened/Cajun grilled fish. So here it goes. Ingredients (serves 2-3) 2 large red snapper fillets 1 tbsp paprika 1 tsp salt 1/2 tsp garlic powder 1/2 tsp onion powder 1 tsp cayenne pepper 1/2 tsp black pepper 1 tsp thyme 1 tsp oregano Start by combining all of the seasonings together in a bowl and mash with the back of a spoon to grind. Next, take your two pieces of snapper (don’t forget to rinse them) and spread the seasoning mix generously on both sides of each fish. You can set these in the refrigerator for 30 minutes to marinate to get some of the flavor to seep in. If you don’t have the time then go ahead and turn on your grill to medium heat. We use a grilling pan to make sure the fish doesn’t fall through the grill. Cook for 3 to 4 minutes on each side. Be careful when flipping as it likes to fall apart and also fish cooks pretty quickly. After it is grilled, it’s ready to serve.  Look at that flaky fish! YUM! Here is how I finished the meal, with some fresh sauteed asparagus. This is my husband’s new favorite recipe. If you want to do a lemon butter sauce for the top, just mix 2 tablespoons of butter and 2 tablespoons or lemon juice together, spoon over the top and serve.