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Stealing is Stealing and its NOT OK!

I’ve only been blogging for less than a year, and certainly not consistently.  That being said, its been brought to my attention these past few months about the INSANE amounts of intellectual property that is being stolen on a regular basis by various websites, many of which are claiming to “find” tutorials or do “roundups” of which are un-sourced.  Now we all know when you say “found” you really mean “stole” and manipulated it to be whatever you wanted.

How many people are aware of some of the many sites that are doing this?  I’ll admit I was in the dark about how important watermarking and logo placement was until this whole thing just became glaringly obvious.  That said, I am reluctant to share some of my projects or tutorials with the world here, if they might just end up in the hands of thieves.  In fact I’m trying to think up a way to keep certain sites from being able to access my page at all.  I think thats possible.

http://guang.taobao.com/   Chinese website that steals your tutorials and its almost impossible to find a way to contact them to take it down.
http://www.saifou.com/   “Inspiring Images” that don’t link back to their sources.
http://www.repiny.com/   Images are there and ready for you to pin to Pinterest, again with no links to the original source.
http://www.usefuldiy.com/diy-nautical-necklace/   This website is blatantly stealing, the images are watermarked and yet there is no link back to the source.  THIS is why its important not to put all the steps into one image!!
http://handmadera.blogspot.com/2012/04/braid-necklace-diy.html   Oh hey, where did this come from?  Because I know its not yours!!

And last but not least, there are plenty more stealing tutorials out there, Handimania, I don’t even WANT to link to their site!  But I want you ALL to know, stealing someone else’s tutorial, images, content, words, photos, and ideas is STEALING!  And it is wrong!  And we shouldn’t stand for it!!

PS.  Are you a handmade artist?  Do you think you’re safe?  Because you’re not!

Watermarking with your logo, your website, etc is incredibly important!  Learn how to do it!  There are a bazillion tutorials online to help you!  Here are some of my favorites: Add automatic group watermarks by Craftionary, Add a Copyright Watermark by PhotshopEssentials, Video on Youtube by Jen Swedhin, Create in Photoshop by PhotographyBlog, How to Watermark without Photoshop by ArtsyFartsyMama.  Figures, I can’t find the one I used, regardless, these all give great instructions and videos really help, plus if you don’t have Photoshop, no excuse!  Don’t make it easier for someone to steal from you.  Also, there is no shame in pasting your watermark right over your image subject!

And to go along with how insanely cranky and frustrated this whole talk makes me, I posted a comment to the Handimania Facebook page today for their “Ask us Anything! Monday” of which there are absolutely no answers, but like 20 questions.  Someone said “where do you find the instructions for things you find on pinterest? I always see awesome pics of the finished products, but I can never find the instructions.”  So naturally, I thought I would help out and give an answer: “The instruction are with the actual tutorial on the site they stole the content from.”  As of 10:20pm EST that answer has been on the site for 9 hours.  Soon after this, another brave soul made a similar comment.

I really think if we all spread the word, maybe more people, and maybe the people who don’t understand copyright infringement, will start to understand that its not ok to encourage this type of behavior.  That stealing is stealing regardless of where or how its done.  Just because you can’t hold it in your hand, doesn’t mean it wasn’t taken from somewhere without permission or without giving credit where it is due!

To make it easy for those of you who would like to share this message, I have made 2 screenshots of the above mentioned Q&A and already pinned them to some of my Pinterest boards.  I would LOVE if you would repin them: http://pinterest.com/pin/212443307395164061/  (currently located in my Digital Scrapbooking board and includes both mentioned comments)   &   http://pinterest.com/pin/212443307395164142/   (which only includes my answer and is located in my DIY Projects board).  I WILL be spreading these pins along my other boards, on my Twitter account, and to any other blogger I can.  You don’t have to be a blogger or DIY-er or Handmade-maker to support this and say no to stealing.  Every share could make a difference!

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I don’t believe in STEALING content from other DIY-ers and bloggers. Do you? If you agree that stealing is stealing and we should give credit to ALL the amazing people who take the time to show us how to make amazing things, SHARE THIS PIN! Tell sites like #Handimania that its NOT OK to take what doesn’t belong to them!!! #stealing #intellectual_property #stolen #content #diy #blogging #handmade #crafts #facebook

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The website #Handimania STEALS other bloggers tutorials and steals photos without giving proper credit to the creator. Help me tell them, STEALING IS STEALING, we are NOT ok with you taking whats not yours! REPIN THIS and lets make sure they know we won’t accept this!!! #stealing_content #intellectual #property #stolen #thief #handmade #diy #crafts #blogging #bloggers

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PAD: Audience of One

Daily Prompt: Picture the one person in the world you really wish were reading your blog. Write her or him a letter.

I love that my boyfriend reads my blog, especially considering things I write about are rarely of interest to him!  I hope that some of my friends and family are also reading this.  But of all the people that it would be awesome to be reading this, I would love if the bloggers I read and really inspire me, also read this.

I became obsessed with blogs a few years ago when I discovered Design*Sponge.  I spent like 4 hours scouring the DIYs and tutorials on that site.  How cool if one of those editors were reading this?

When I found Mod Podge Rocks! I thought, finally, a craft I could really enjoy and includes like a million projects with stuff I already have!  And it includes such a variety of DIYs, one thing I love to do is change the furniture, move things around my room, I like to switch up the decor a lot!  And what a better way than to Mod Podge something?!  I would love if Amy saw, read, and then featured something I make on her blog!  The ultimate compliment!

Then I found Resin Crafts and became obsessed about reading about all that.  Carmi is so talented and has such a simple way of explaining things.  I bought resin and it just sits in the box because I am so nervous to get started!  But I am slowing working my way through my crafts!  Maybe next year!

I absolutely love the SimplyCreativeBoutique blog.  I know she reads my posts!  I always love to read her posts and its nice that she is nearby geographically.

And my most recent love is Whispering Sweet Nothings.  I just love that blog!  Shane is so sweet and her posts are very real and many times they are positive images for all us ladies to aspire to.  I know she read my 7 Deadly Sins post because it was a linkup and she commented 🙂  That was happy.

Sure I love other blogs, these are just a few of the blogs that I almost religiously read.  Also, I would be incredibly excited and honored if they read my blog.  I gain a lot of inspiration from many of the blogs I read and find everyday.  I seriously read 20+ blog posts a day from several different blogs.  I’ve been trying to comment on more blogs, everybody loves comments, and lately I’ve been doing well.  When people find and read my(your) blog, it just makes you feel good that someone is liking what they are seeing and if they are return readers, I’m even happier.  I hope that I am inspiring people to try new things or encouraging them to be awesome.  Just like my favorite bloggers have done for me!