This weekend I received an email letting me know that some pictures of mine, featuring my kids, had been ripped off and someone was passing them off …the photo, the kids, the work in the photo…. as her own.
I am not surprised. It isn’t the first time another blogger has stolen a photo without giving proper credit. Maybe it was a “mistake” …they were just “borrowing” a photo they found online. Whatever. I’ve had people request to use that photo before and my very public answer is “I’m sorry, all of my photos are under copyright and cannot be used by others” (insert: unless you pay me lots of money and I find your site/product acceptable).
Lucky for me I wasn’t the only one this anonymous new friend of mine contacted; before I even got around to reading the email the offender had removed the photo from her site thanks to prompting from this reader.
YEAH FOR PEOPLE WITH MORALS!!!
Bully for them… I wasn’t going to sit around and make pillows all summer…. but it still feels like a little piece of my work was stolen. Now, the woman who is SELLING MY PATTERN for her profit….she and I are about to go to war…. another story for another day.
What I really wanted to get across is that I am tired of seeing people stealing each others work.
Everyday People. Who I can still assume maybe don’t know better….or are too uneducated to realize that what they are doing is a felony.
Then I get online and come face to face with BRANDS…. really BIG BRANDS…. who are all about FAMILIES and KIDS and PARENTS…. brands like NICKMOM and NBC ripping off friends of mine left and right. Stealing their creative work…their blood, sweat and tears…their BUSINESS IDEAS.
My friend Amy (@ResourcefulMom) has written a great post about how Charlie and Andy at HowToBeADad.com (side note: go to their site
now when you are done here. Seriously…they are hysterical!) had their content ideas stolen by this guy who was hired by NickMom (a subsidiary of VIACOM) to create original artwork for their site.
But wait…there’s more…..
Several weeks ago Kelby Carr, the woman behind the curtain at Type A Parent, creator of Type A Parent Conference (Previously Type A Mom Conference) and known on Twitter to all as the one and only @TypeAMom …. had her brand ID ripped off for another one of NICKMOM’s “funny” ideas. It wasn’t funny. Read Amy’s piece…the details are in there, too…. like how when Amy questioned them they erased her comment.
Back to Charlie and Andy…. not only are they fighting the plagiarism of one Josh Wysaski … they recently went to battle with NBC for posting a stolen (very hysterical) original of theirs on the Guys with Kids Facebook Page.
It’s happening EVERYWHERE and I’m SICK.OF.IT.
So, in conclusion…. go read Amy’s post….its got lots of pictures (without links so the scum don’t get page views) and all of the details…and quotes from Andy and Charlie. I mean…. VIACOM has already been there to read… shouldn’t you??
And don’t steal stuff. It’s mean.