Thursday, March 24, 2011
I just wanted to share this really quick. To be honest it is something I hadn't given that much thought to before I began trying to sell my jewelry on line. The Etsy community has been great in spreading the word about theft of intellectual property.
This video breaks it down in a way that we can all understand. A person may not always know when someone has stolen a picture, an idea, or a design. But I remember an incident I had about a year ago.
This woman had stolen my pictures of my hand made ear wires and used them to post an ad in Alchemy on Etsy trying to find someone who would make the designs for .20 a pair. (What a joke!) Anywhoo...when I contacted her telling her that those were my photos, and that I didn't give her permission to use them and I wanted her to remove them from her request, she wrote back telling me that she knew her rights. She had every right to use the photos. And she didn't even get them off of Etsy. She got them off of Artfire.
What the hell? She went on to tell me that the ear wire designs were ones that she had seen elsewhere, and for that reason alone she should be able to use my pictures.
Again...What the hell? I couldn't get her to understand that it wasn't about the ear wire design itself. It was the fact that they were MY pictures. That just because you could take the pictures, doesn't mean that you should.
She eventually removed my pictures from her request but continued to use photos from other sellers that she had stolen.
This is just one incident that I know of. There is no telling how many pictures, ideas, designs, etc are stolen on a daily basis all over the internet. I guess there is this feeling of anonymity when you are sitting behind a computer that you think no one will notice. And they might not notice. But it's still not right....
I first saw this video on this blog which I love! I hope you get a chance to check it out....