See that dude I am with in the picture? Yeah. He is really the coolest dude around. I thought so the first time I ever laid eyes on him. Seriously. One day I will tell you the story of our first meeting, it is a good one I promise. After you hear (read) it, you will probably think I am a bit of a cuckoo, but doesn't matter cause I am now married to the cool dude and I have his babies.
What's not cool?
- This chef apple person using my pictures like they were her own and own making (notice her label attached to my pictures and her p.s. at the end). Yeah, definitely not cool. No credit link, mention, or acknowledgment that the pictures aren't even hers. Really not cool.
First off, I have to say thank you to all you loyal people who alert me to these frauds hanging about in cyberspace. Some of these I have known about for months, but etsy's policies aren't exactly easy when dealing with this type of infringement, so I have kept putting it on the back burner. But honestly, I am just going to get my frustrations out here because I am a mom to three and one on the way and don't have the time to deal with legalities as much as I would love to. I just want to help educate people to beware and please be respectful.
I understand that no idea is completely unique (I am sure I am not the first person ever to stick a cupcake in a jar), unless you are God of course, and we are all merely just honing into our inner creative self, but please... respect others and the hard work they do. This poster summarizes things nicely and will help being respectful of others. But if you get an idea from somewhere and pretty much recreate it or say you are "inspired" by some place, well, good golly... give that person credit. Even if you do your own little twist on it. If you know where you got the idea from, credit that person specifically. Or if you use someone else's picture, just link up to them! No big deal. And of course I realize some things may merely be simple coincidence that someone did an idea at the exact same time another person did it, but if you really are conscientious of others and are using another idea of someone's (not for profit cause that is a whole other story), link up, it is the nice thing to do.
This doesn't just happen to me. I have seen other blogs/shops blatantly copy another person's blog/shop/designs and really, it just isn't cool. Sad to say, there are even some really "big", "popular" bloggers out there who take ideas from "smaller" blogs and act like it was their own (it's happened to me and I have seen it happen to others). Stepping on people ain't ever cool!
This is probably a touchy subject and everyone has their own views, but I think the key here is to love others first. It isn't easy and honestly, I am quite perturbed at these types of people. But if we were all being self-less, this wouldn't be happening.
At the same time, I have been reading this book (can get your own free copy here) about Christians who have been tortured and imprisoned for their faith and how still they would love and pray for their torturers. Imagine that?! Love and pray for their torturers?!! They prayed so hard and loved so much, that eventually some of these torturers gave their lives up for Jesus too. That is just amazing and totally God! So, how much more should I love and pray for the copycats or the picture stealers? Seriously. That is what is most important.
When I get frustrated with these people, I read this verse and it humbles me...
"Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, and pray for those who use you." Luke 6:27-28
Sorry to be the bearer of some negativity or frustration, but I needed to share this. I am trying to practice that verse even though it isn't easy, but I have really prayed for those people. I promise to have happy-home-sweet-home-crafty stuff in the next few days! Until then, thanks for always listening (reading).