Sunday, September 12, 2010

So maybe I'm a little bitter...

If you've been to my site you know that there are a few free goodies on there. I offer pdf's, image files and wholeheartedly encourage people to make their own loverly magical messes. I am an absolute advocate for mutual inspiration... you inspire me, I give something back. Breeding wonder and spreading the magic is what it's all about.

When I see people recreate crafts that I have made I generally find it flattering. Fat lot of good it would do to make things that simply gathered dust, I'm glad they hold some value for others. As an artist who hears the words "weird" and "creepy" a fair bit I'm well chuffed that some people are inspired by my strange little world.

That said, what I abhor, is outright theft.

It seems someone has stolen a page from my website. A WHOLE damned page. Not only did they steal the text, in it's entirety, word for word, but they also stole the images. Not only did they steal the text, and all the images, they linked to my images and stole my bandwidth. *sigh*

Now, if this person had simply put "...from knickertwists" I wouldn't have been irked at all. Instead, at the top of the offending blog, it reads "All of the photos posted are taken by me, unless I say otherwise." Ah, a thief and a liar.

Now, I can count the number of public domain images used on my site on my fingers. I have spent countless hours shooting and editing literally 100's upon 100's of photographs, graphics, and creating the entire content for my lowly site. Don't get the wrong idea... I'm not silly... I expect that images are going to be swiped, but for someone to steal a whole damned page? It's too much.

Thief, if you are reading this, I want you to know that you've pissed me off. It's not okay to take something that isn't yours... it's unethical, immature, lazy, demonstrates a complete lack of integrity and shows that you are devoid of imagination. Guess what? There's an actual person behind those words, and photographs you stole. Why don't you put your own damned heart into something?

10 comments:

  1. Wait...what?! A whole page? You don't have a plain old thief on your hands, missy, you have the dimmest bulb in the box. At least try to hide it, I mean really.

    Ick, I hope he/she gets what he/she deserves. Or at least an angry email.

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  2. @_@
    I can't believe someone ganked an entire page... wow... I'm sorry this lowlife chose to piss you off today. What a wanker. >_<

    In hopes of brightening your day a bit, I wanted to take this moment to tell you that you are one of the most inspiring people I've ever run across. I adore all the fun things you come up with & always look forward to seeing what you've made. I especially love your miniature houses... they make me rediculously happy. ^-^

    Here's to hoping that your creations stay safe from all kinds of theft in the future.
    Love & hugs.

    xoxo

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  3. UGH! How rude! How did you find out? I can't believe someone would steal A WHOLE PAGE of stuff! How do some people sleep at night?

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  4. On the one hand it's like you've made it to the big time; only the best of the best have to fear being robbed in that galling manner. and on the other hand How disgusting! Have you contacted this person to get them to remove your stuff from their website?

    I'll be sending warrior vibes your way this morning

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  5. Uh - what an a-hole. Well, karma will be a bigger b**** than you'll ever have to be.

    If they have a contact option for their page, you can send them a little note.

    you have willfully infringed upon the rights (of your blog name/domain) under 17 U.S.C. Section 101 et seq. cease and desist. I hope that it will not be necessary to follow up with further actions.

    Or something to that effect.

    You can also report this person to Google so that you don't get slammed for duplicate content - it could happen even though your info was up first.

    People like that are just sorry.

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  6. Thanks folks. I couldn't find any contact info on the page so I just replaced all my images with ones that said things like "I am a thief and liar. I stole this content from knickertwists.com" LOL I did contact support at tumblr this morning and they took the content down in under a minute. Good on them.

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  7. Geesh! Some people! I'm glad you got the problem solved, but it is sad someone did it to you in the first place! You are so inspiring, but stealing is not flattering at all!

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  8. Ugh, what a lazy, unethical dimwit! That totally sucks.

    The fact that you went through the trouble of changing all of your images to put the thief in their place is awesome... I'm still chuckling about it. I'm glad Tumblr takes theft seriously, it's nice top know there are some sites that aren't afraid to yank things down.

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  9. That is just terrible!
    Report them to their blog host or website host. They don't usually take this kind of theft lightly.

    Kudos to you for replacing the image links. I did that once when ONE of my images was stolen (and bandwidth) - I replaced the image with a rather dirty cartoon image that let them know what I thought of their lack of integrity.

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  10. This is so ridiculous! I can't believe that A. someone would be so low to do this and B. someone would be so stupid to think they could get away with it!!
    I'm glad to hear the whole page is gone!!

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