Tuesday, April 17, 2012
It just never stops does it? Designers are fuming mad and ready to pull hair, teeth, gonads...anything in the simple hope that people stay honest and do the right thing.
Yet there are those out there who think they can do whatever they like. I told you of my Copyright fight back a few months ago with the 3 websites who mass produce beadwork in India. Several of those designs were mine, and there were several other designers who were also infringed upon.
For my part, my fight is nearly done. It took my attorney to clean up the final bit.
This person uses "lifted" images to promote her work. She is apparently trying to drum up a lot of business by using images that are not her own. I posted on her FB page to remove my images. Why does it not surprise me that she has blocked me, and others who have raised a concern with her. I just do not want her using my patterns as a "catalogue" to shop from. At this point, I don't even want her to sell beadwork using my patterns. She should make her own G-D patterns!
After an email, she informed me that she was not in violation. Seems she has a bit to learn. While I still have my attorney on retainer, perhaps a (not-so) friendly note from him is in order unless she takes it down.
Interestingly, she sells a lot of the afore mentioned beadwork from India. Go figure....
Now this is what I do not understand. Maybe someone can help me. What is it that makes someone feel they can do what ever they want with other peoples designs? What is it in someone that when they are told by the designer that they are infringing upon that they are in violation, and to stop, makes them self righteous and basically tell us to fuck off?
If I infringed upon someone, the first thing I would do is apologize. Profusely. Then I would would take down the items that I took. This I would do if there were the mere QUESTION of me being an infringer. Unless I was with out a single doubt that it was mine, I would not argue.
Clearly there are people out there who know full well that they are stealing. Why do they feel so entitled?
It's this sort of thing that makes me just want to stop designing. It is not fun to be ripped off and be disrespected.
But thankfully, there are 100 wonderful people out there for every asshole. So that is what I must focus on.
Thanks for all the heads up that several of you have given me.
If you happen to think I am a mean, nasty, angry so-and-so, put yourself in my shoes. How would you feel if someone came into your house and stole the furniture you have. Or got into your bank account and stole money from you? This is no different.