Thursday, January 28, 2010

I'm sad to have to write this post...

but something happened to me last night that I feel I need to address - and to share some advice with other bloggers and designers. 

As my followers know, I love to share my Cricut and other designs with all of you, and I never sell them.  They are free for the taking - with limits.  They are MY creations, and they are MY property.  They are protected as such by copyright laws.  I have a disclaimer right here on the main page of my blog stating the conditions under which you may use them.

Unfortunately, as I was blog hopping last night, I stumbled upon a blog where the owner had taken a number of things from my site and used them on hers, including ALL of my Design Studio files.  To her credit, she did leave the file names intact, and they include my full name; however, she had stored them in her own library at box.net and linked directly to them from her blog.  When you went to that library, it said it was created by her, making it appear to some that it was her stuff.  "The Legal Stuff" statement on my blog specifically states, "If you post information about my files to any blog, web site, message board, mail group or other public forum, please direct users to this blog rather than attaching the file itself or emailing it."  Ironically, she had also taken my "legal stuff," containing this wording, and posted it on her site.  She had changed a few words here and there, but it was so close to mine - including my phrasing and punctuation - that it was what grabbed my attention and made me dig deeper into her site whereupon I found my files.  She even used the button that I created on my site to link people to her library.

Now, I know when I post files here and make them free, that I take a certain amount of risk. That being said, my designs are legally protected, as are any designs from any other site that you might download things from.  It is up to me to grant permission for use as I see fit.  The first thing you should do when downlaoding a file is ALWAYS read the designer's/author's terms for how their files can be used.

You might be asking yourself why I care so much that someone is offering my files on her site if I'm giving them away free anyway.  Well, here's why:  Crafting is relaxing, therapeutic and fun for me.  It's my ME time.  Because I work full-time, I don't craft to make money.  I share my work with others for free because it makes me happy to see my work enjoyed and put to good use.  I LOVE to get photos from people who have made my projects.  I get ideas from YOU about how to dress them up.  I get inpiration when you contact me.  Does it make me mad when someone takes that project and tries to make it look like it's theirs, even if it's in a passive way?  You bet it does!  It's just not the right thing to do to someone.  A person who tries to pass my work off as their own isn't taking money out of my pocket, because I don't do it to make money.  They're taking my JOY!

From a more practical point of view, it needs to be said that, many of my designs have taken hours to design, test, tweak, test again, cut and embellish, take photos, write the tutorial and post to my blog. For example, I spent an entire Sunday completing the one that I'm unveiling tomorrow. My file hosting site shows me statistics so that I know how many times a specific file is downloaded.  It gives me an idea of what all of you like.  It inspires me to create more projects to share based on what kinds of projects seem to be used the most.  If people are getting them somewhere else, I have no way of tracking that.

I think 99% of people who use files from other designers appreciate what goes into them and do the right thing.  I choose to believe so, anyway.  So how do I prevent my work from being used improperly? How do you?  It's simply not possible to completely guard against that, but it is possible to educate others about the proper etiquette and the legal issues.  I truly believe that many, if not most incidents of "stolen" items are innocent mistakes. 

Protect your work.  It's worth taking the time to protect your photos by watermarking them.  Make sure you post copyright notices on any written tutorials you create.  If it's a video tutorial, add a copyright statement to the video itself.  When you share your files, put your name in the file name itself. For example, I use this format when naming my files:  test_file_CINDY_MCVEY.cut.  Sure, someone can change a file name, but it's one more step they have to take to use your projects, and in my recent case, she didn't even bother to do so.  It would have been very time consuming since she took about 50 of them!  If you're not comfortable using your real name, use your message board name or email identity - something that will be your file  "watermark."

There are many tutorials out there about how to watermark a photo.  I can't give specific instructions here, because it all depends on what graphics program you use.  Do a google search for watermarks for your specific software, and you will find lots of info out there.  You might have to wade through them to find a good one, but they do exist.  People on the internet are very generous and willing to share their knowledge.  You might start with youtube.com if you're a visual learner. 

UPDATE: I now have video tutorials about 2 different methods of creating and using your own watermark. Click here to go to my tutorials page.

I'm fairly new to the Cricut blogging world, but I'm not new to the craft industry, and I'm very "old" at posting on the internet. I built a Disney website completely from scratch about 15 years ago that had a lot of copyrighted images on it that I created with Disney content.  I had permisson from Disney to use them, but they appeared all over the internet in a very short time on sites that lifted them from my site and did NOT have permission from me or Disney.  I also have some limited experience with copyright laws, as I was published in an international craft magazine many years ago, and I have a "real" copyright for that design, filed with the United States Copyright office in Washington, DC. 

"You do NOT have to have an actual piece of paper that says your design is copyrighted. Any original works from 2002 to the present are automatically copyright protected from the moment of their creation. You may still register a copyright in order to establish the date of copyright protection and provide better protection against copyright infringement, but it’s not necessary to register a copyright in order for a work to be protected."
This is important to designers like us, because most of us have no intention of going to the trouble and expense of actually filing a copyright application for every design.  I could do that, but it would cost me time and money, and that would mean that I couldn't share my projects as often or as quickly, and I'd have to charge for them to recoup my expenses.  I don't want to have to do that - and I don't have the time to!

Here is a link from the United States Patent and Trademark Office that explains copyright in pretty simple terms, if you're interested in reading more about it:
A Copyright Refresher

I didn't come into this blog naively thinking everything I posted was "safe."  That never makes it less disappointing and disheartening when it happens to you. So, what can you do with files and photos you get from my blog?  Here are my terms: (and you DO have my permission to use these DOs and DO NOTs)

DO use my files for personal projects
DO use my files to make gifts
DO post photos of your own projects made using my files , but give me credit and point people to my blog to get the file - and send me the photos!  I love to see your completed projects!
DO share my blog address with others so they can follow me, too!

DO NOT sell my files alone or in any package
DO NOT use my files in any class, tutorial or make-and-take without my prior written permission
DO NOT use my files to make projects for any contest
DO NOT use my files to make products intended to be sold without my prior written permission
DO NOT post my files in any public forum, web site or mail group
DO NOT email my files to others.  Sure, you can send it to your next door neighbor or the 3 ladies you scrap with on Thursday nights, but I'd rather that you introduce them to my blog so they can follow me, too!

Basically, if you know in your gut that you shouldn't do it, it's probably wrong - and illegal.  You should follow these guidelines for ANY project you get from another online source, even if it's not stated that it's copyrighted.  As I stated above, it's copyrighted automatically and the author is not required to state that in order to be protected.  Play it safe and ASK PERMISSION before you do anything that you wouldn't want done with YOUR hard work! You might be surprised at how generous the designer is!

If you've read this far, THANK YOU for "listening!"  I love my newfound Cricut friends and followers, and you can rest assured that this won't stop me from creating and sharing!

FOR OTHER BLOG OWNERS, feel free to link to this article from your blog to help educate your followers and maybe help other designers protect themselves.

UPDATE: The person in question has removed everything that she copied or took from my blog.  There are some things there that she apparently took from others, though. I DID receive a response from the blog owner.  Her email had gone into my spam folder.  I apologize to her for saying that she had not apologized to me.

UPDATE 2:  Thanks to HappyHappyJoyJoy from Holidays with the Cricut for this advice:  "Go to My Free Copyright and sign up right away. Then, put the info on your blog. What that does is put a digital time and date stamp on anything you post on the blog (within a POST, so be sure and introduce the files in a POST). Then, it shoots you an email about it with the time/date stamp. It's so you don't get into a contest over who posted something first.

Cricut Kisses and Crafty Wishes!

64 comments:

Lesley F said...

I am so sorry that you have had to go through this. I truely appreciate all the work that you do and it is wonderful that you share it with us. I would just like to say thank you!

Hugs,
Lesley

disneynut77 said...

This totally bits! So sorry to hear about this. Thank you for all your wonderful work and for still sharing with us. Take care:)

Anonymous said...

That is terrible!!!!!!!! How could someone do that to you? You are being very generous sharing your beautiful creations with us and someone goes and takes credit for all of YOUR HARD WORK. I am very sorry this happened to you. Thank you for not letting one terrible person stop you from sharing with all of us honest people. Take care.

Meredith

Amy said...

That's too bad the people have to be that way and take credit for work you have done. I have had past experiences with this and it totally stinks!! I am glad that she has removed stuff from her blog that was yours. Hopefully your post will discourage others who might make that same 'mistake.'

Anonymous said...

I discovered your blog only a few weeks ago and could have kissed you for the wonderful box designs you share for FREE! I have a couple of project photos to send, just for fun, and haven't because my photo-editing software is glitchy at the moment.

So, this is to let you know that I love your blog, even though I might only rarely post a message, and am ANGRY and DISAPPOINTED that someone would do this to you. Shame, shame to the selfish Anonymous Thief of JOY.

In the meantime, Cindy, here's a little digital hug and thank you for the gifts you've given so many of us.

May the remainder of your 2010 be as delightful and serene as a full moon on a summer evening.

Sheila said...

Cindy, we all appreciate what you have done to help us, teach us and share with us. You are a wonderfully talented lady with a generous heart. It is just a shame that you have to post something like this to protect yourself.

Craftyanny said...

How awful that anyone could do this!!!
I'm so glad she's taken your files from her blog Cindy but the damage is done now.

Anne x

Bobbi said...

I am so sorry this happened to you and I am glad that you posted this to let others know that this is not okay to do. I am just glad that you did not decide to stop posting your great projects and finds. When I use a file, I always leave the person a post and try to follow-up with a photo. Thank you

LiveLaughScrap said...

So sorry that this happened to you. Please know that there are many of us that do appreciate all the work you do to put all of these files together.
Lori

ToniB said...

Cindy - I can't imagine how you must feel, but know that 99.9% of the crafters out there would never do something like this. It's too bad she's done this. I hope you receive a sincere apology very soon. You deserve that.

Cindy said...

Of course, Cindy, I am sorry this has happened to you. Am I surprised? No. Remember that many, many, many more of us crafters appreciate your time and energy and abide by your simple requests.

You are gifted in your creativity and your kindness. Remember that always.

jmutchler said...

I just don't understand people and how they think they can pull something like this off. I hope that it doesn't stop you from sharing your talents with us.

I truly appreciate all you do and that you are so willing to share your talent with us.

Joanna said...

Un-freaking-believeable! I certainly hope you confronted this thief. I love your stuff and I hate that one person could potentially ruin it for the rest of us.

Jamie Lane said...

Ugh...so sorry it has happened, but hopefully all your reader base will read this article (very well written may I add!) and at least we will all have a better understanding! Glad you found and confronted the issue, I believe that in itself helps us all!

Lisa said...

so sorry this happened to you! I am glad you saw her site and caught the person!!

suzie said...

Cindy, so sorry you had to experiance this violation of your hard work. I also think you letter is well written.

suzie

Pam said...

So sorry to hear this happened to you. Thank you, though, for not letting it stop you from doing what you love or sharing freely with others who share your passion. Hugs!

Debbie Pugliese said...

It breaks my heart to hear that someone would do this, to you or anyone else. You and others like you who share your talent with the rest of us are amazing, and the fact that someone would take advantage of your talent and generosity is unbelieavable. I only hope this doesn't make you decide to stop sharing your work, because there are many of us out here who are fans and would never dream of taking advantage of you. Blessings,
Debbie in S. Florida

eiyiyi said...

I'm sorry you had to deal with this. There was a rash of web sites stealing digital stamp images and posting them for sale last year. It's really a shame. I love the creativity that is out there and always make sure to give full credit for a sketch, idea, etc. with a link back to the originator. If I can't remember where it came from, I don't post it.

meg said...

I agree with what you said..., If it feels wrong, it probably is wrong. Don't do it!

But, like you said..., you are the one who can sleep tonight.

Live and learn and move on.

Meg

buckeyesunshine said...

Cindy,
the real world and the cyber world are no different..people steal. I can't even imagine what this person could possibly say to you or even to herself to square that what she did was OK.
I can only hope that the old adage will come true to her...what goes around comes around.
Sorry you had that happen to you, but take the high road, you'll not see her anywhere even CLOSE...
Connie in FL

MedicScrapper said...

Beautifully stated - sorry this happened to you! You have awesome work and I personally appreciate the fact you are so generous with your work. Thanks for all you do for us Cricut users :)

Sandi Clarkson said...

wow, so sorry this happened to you. Perhaps next week I might write a post and direct other to your page .. cause it say it all and very well. Shame on her!

Lori Apgar said...

I can only imagine how you felt when you realized what she did. I agree with you that most people are honest and happy to do the "right" thing - give credit where due and refer people to the source (in this case you). I am new at this blogging thing and I appreciate this information very much. I haven't yet added my files to my blog, not sure if I want to....I will give it more thought.
You are very talented and I am one of several grateful scrappers who visit your blog and enjoy your projects! Thanks for not letting her get you down!!!

Deanna said...

I am so sorry this happened to you you. I appreciate all the hard work and generosity you do.

pcrusberg said...

Some people just take, take, take and don't even think twice about it. So sorry that this happened to you! I'm glad that it hasn't soured you for the MB. Pam

Brigitte (SE. Louisiana) said...

Thank you for posting this information. People think because they are on the internet that it is so large that no one will notice what they have done by pirating but when you look at it, the crafting world on the internet is rather small and if you steal from another designer, you will be caught. I have no problem paying for others creations if I want to use them.

lynn said...

i'm so sorry, cindy. thank you for the copyright info--your so sweet for sharing your talent, time, and now info on how we can protect ourselves from the dishonest 1%.

The Singing Crafter said...

All things do work out for good. Thank you for educating us on how to protect ourselves online. So sorry it had to happen at your expense. I wish there was way to track, identify and post people who steals others work.

thkelly said...

Wow Cindy it is amazing what people will do and be able to sleep at night. If they do that and have no conscience who knows what they do in their day to day lives. Very sad. Good for you girl for standing up for youself. And Thank You for all the info for a brand newbie here to the blog world. Love your stuff, I just found your blog, and I hope this doesn't mess it up for the rest of us that do things the correct way and do have a conscience. Thank You again and keep up the wonderful work. :~)
Theresa K

Carol said...

It's sad that someone has done this to you. I think as you say MOST people are honest but you always have a few. Thanks for the copyright information. That should be very helpful to us.

Michele said...

Thank you for this post and for pursuing your right to protect your work! You've done a huge favor to us all, and I sure hope this other person has learned her lesson!

I love your stuff Cindy, I don't think I've told you often enough!

Jamie said...

Well said!

<3 Dandylionslayer

Mrs.Dixon said...

I'm so sorry that this happened to you. This is the SECOND blog that I follow that has had this issue in about the last week. I just can't believe that these people think they can get away with stealing! Thank you for sharing this copy right information with us so we can all protect our creative ideas.

GrandmaD said...

So sad to read what someone has done. I wish folks would think about how they would feel if someone did that to them. Glad that it was removed from thier site. I always love when folks share their hard work, because I'm not as creative. Thanks for all you do.

Anonymous said...

CINNNNDDDYYYY!!!! I am able to get back to your site! YESSS! Sorry, I could not get to it last night but I guess the network or computer I was on would not allow it BUT I am here now! Lol

It was not luck but Devine intervention that lead you to that site to claim your work and with grace, you prevailed.

I am happy you followed through with the lady that stole your work because YOU deserve to be respected and more! I am so sorry that she did not apologize but I guess why apologize for something you are not sorry for doing. I have thrilled that you got results without having to pursue it any further. Good job!

Your hard work and JOY shows through your hard work and yes I read your entire article! Lol I am glad you did not allow this to stop you from creating and sharing your JOY!


THANKS A MILLION!!!!

Mercy!!!

Shar said...

Cindy - I am so sorry this has happened to you. I love your work and hope to make some of the designs I have downloaded ......someday. You are so talented and give us less gifted crafters beautiful creations.

Wendy Raffin said...

Cindy I am so sorry this happened to you! You do amazing work, but I understand the adage that one bad apple can spoil the bunch. However, this bunch of apples has NOT been tainted by whomever did that to you. Your was one of the first blogs that I cme across when I first started scrapping in March 09. You inspired me to do more with your incredible designs. Hang in there, and know that you are truly appreciated by most! God Bless~ Wendy

Kajun Beth said...

I'm so sorry that this has happened to you. I love your blog and your work. I have your blinkie on my site, and your blog is listed in my Faves list. I have downloaded a few of your files. I'm glad your found your files and that you did something about it. More bloggers need to do that so that others out there can't get away with what is literally theft. I can't really 'make' files, I'm not that good, but I understand how you felt. The hard work and time is yours and should be credited to you. Keep up the great job, I look forward to visiting your blog daily!

Brens Designs said...

Thank you for the info. I have used My Free Copyright for my Blog. I'm so very sorry this happened to you! I used to have a 200 page site where I gave away free web graphics and tutorials as to how to make your own. I had sites stealing the tutorials and graphics - even linking the pics right to my site for download. My bandwith got so high I ended up closing the site. Again - I'm so sorry this happened.

Heather in FL said...

Wow, how awful for you to have discovered this deceit. I mean, I'm glad you discovered it, and I really hope you made the perpetrator feel bad/embarrassed for passing off your designs as her own. I'm glad that you haven't lost your faith in craft-kind and that you'll still offer your freebies. I just wish people could be content with freebies and not exploit the trust of those who provide them. I never ceases to amaze me what some people think is OK to do on the internet.

Happy crafting! :-)

Nanna said...

So sorry this has happened to you. I enjoy your blog so much and I do grab some of your files.
Thank you for sharing and for not letting this spoil it for the rest of us that are SINCERELY grateful to you. I appreciate that you put your name in the file. It helps me remember where I got the file from.

Thank you for the information on how to keep our files safer.

Happy crafting.

DtsArt said...

Sorry Cindy this happened to you. As a web designer that draws all my own art I can totally relate. I have had so much of my work copied, stolen, and at times sold and claiming it was theirs it is just sad. All large websites have and are required to have a Digital Millennium Copyright Act on their site so you can report copyright theft. You have to sign and fax them a paper that basically says under perjury of law that it is your copyright. Once you do that they are obligated to remove or block all content name in the paper. The only way the offending party can get their, by their I mean your, stuff reinstated and loaded again is to also sign a similiar paper that says that is is THEIR copyright and work, again under perjury of law. Most people realize at that point that they need to back off. Most people will not perjure themselves. As that does open them up to prosecution and possible jail time.

Shadow said...

I am so sorry this has happened to you. I am so grateful for the talents of peeps such as yourself and would never dream of taking credit for your designs, let alone stealing them, as this is what this "person" has done. She should be ashamed.
She obviously has no conscience, nor has she any talent, or she would not be taking your designs.
Wish you all the best in taking her on. She is an absolute discrace
Pauline xx

Faith said...

Cindy,
I'm sorry this happened to you. My friend and I were just talking last night how nice it is of you to share your files. I have downloaded several of them to use as gifts. Remember on the whole most crafters are good at heart and just like to create. I hope this hasn't spoiled the joy to much for you. faith

Digi Free said...

Thank you! Your blog post will be advertised on the CraftCrave Blog Cutting Freebie search engine today (look for timestamp: [29 Jan 02:00pm GMT]).

Andrea Padilla said...

Great blog entry. I learned a lot!!

Cathie in UT said...

Thanks for sharing your thoughts on this subject. I don't create much but do love to use what others have created and it is sad that the someone didn't understand that she was not playing nice!
Glad that all is now resolved.

Anonymous said...

Cindy,
I just want to let you know that I look forward to checking your blog to see what you are up to!! I love your designs and it gets me sick to think that someone would think that it is okay to do this. Anyone who does any crafting knows the work that goes into a project. Please know how much all of us appreciate what you do!!
Cara

Cheyennemarie said...

I'm sorry that this happened to you. It's amazing that you caught it with all the sites out there and I'm glad you did. It does take a lot of time to do a craft blog. That's why mine is rarely updated. I'm in awe of those that post regularly. I'm also in awe of some of the amazing talent out there and I love that those talented people share. Some of the projects I would never think of or be able to put together on my own. I think it's great that despite what happened you're going to continue freely sharing your work. Thanks for the post and inspiring people to rise above and remain good.

Ilanthe said...

Cindy, As someone from the "painting world" that has had my own designs stolen by others, I feel your pain. People think that no one will ever notice or catch them. As big as the internet is, it can be very small when it needs to be. I am thankful that you were able to receive an apology and she took down the files, but I am sorry for the many people who would have thought they were hers just because they didn't know you. Someone else said, divine intervention led you there, I do believe that. Things have a way of coming full circle.
Thank you for sharing your amazing talent with all of us and for being so open about this happening. You took the high road by telling people your story without naming names. I do hope she doesn't have the work of others on there as well. Personally, I feel the blog should have been pulled by the server. You may want to look into that.

May your future be showered with nothing but sunshine!

MelanieH1984 said...

This sucks that this happened to you ... there was a digital scrapbook blog that I used to read and a similar thing happened to the creator ... and I think in the end it was part of her decision to leave her blog and focus on other things in her life, which is sad.

Honestly, its good that the blog owner apologized but she should have known better. Posting something that was yours, implying it was hers, and then asking others not to use it illegally (not to do the same thing that she did) ... come on, she knew what she was doing!

Terrible....

Natalie said...

As in many things, good comes from evil. I want to thank you for putting up this information. I am kind of new to "taking" and "sharing" files. I feel that your information is invaluable to me. I have a link to someone else's files, just cause I liked them and I didn't know that was wrong, I'm going to change it. I have never used anyone else's files as my own, I have a conscience! I do get irritated when ignorant but kind designers don't use a real name for their files, just their artsy avatar name. I am going to take the time from now on to change the file name to include any and all I can to identify the designer even if it is #99 on XXXX forum, for example.
I am planning to use designs from designers who are readily identifiable in the crafts I sell once in a while. I only charge enough to cover the cost of my supplies x 2. This is only if they have given me permission. I fully intend to put their names and web addresses on the finished product as the origin for, say, the girft bag I make or an embellishment that is part of my creation. If I intend to use your designs, I will be asking for your permission, you can be sure of that. Thanks for your hard work. I appreciate your talent and I hope to become as equally skilled in creating files!

Anonymous said...

Thank you for writing about your issue and trying to help educate others. This particular person sounds like she know exactly what she was doing. I am new to saving others image files on my computers and using them. I know that there are copyrights but your DO and DON'T list has inspired me to print it and keep it posted in my crafting area. I will never have to question anything I have the list right in front of me. Thank you and it's really to bad that people really do things like this.

MikesDork said...

Cindy... I am sorry this happened to you.. I sometimes wonder about my files... you are lucky you found them. I hope this never happens to me... I guess I should blog hop randomly to check! How do you do that?

Audrey Frelx said...

Again, Cindy, I am so sorry this happened to you. You are so generous and it gives me "food for thought" too. I do actually send most of my "works" to be copyrighted and pay the fee, but I usually post them before I get the copyrights -- so I don't know how protected I am because it takes a while before I get them. I really appreciate your feedback!!! I'm going to try to link your message to my blog but I'm not sure I know how to do that. I think I already have your blog linked so maybe I'll just post directing my guests to come read your message. Being a blogger is still fairly new to me.

I'm on my way now to "Go to My Free Copyright".

Thanks again for sharing and being so generous as to try to look out for us all.

Love ya!

Lisa Avolio said...

You mentioned this to our Yahoo group, so I came here for the details. Thanks for taking the time to write such an eloquent post. Thanks for still sharing files!

Cher~ said...

Great information. Thanks for sharing this with us, but sorry you had to go through it first.

Wife2TJ said...

I saw this on the cricut message board yesterday and had posted there. It makes me mad that someone did that :-(

Thank you for sharing all you do. I hope that no other people take advantage of that like they did :-(

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cal8007 said...

Hi Cindy, I found you again through the makethecut group I belong to. I used to be a member of the scal group some time ago too. I'm glad I found your blog and will be following you from now on. I cut some Texas state files for you - remember me now?

Sorry about the file stealing incident and I hope all is well with you.

Look forward to seeing your creations and getting inspiration from you.

Hugs, and happy cutting!

Carmen Lucero

Tammie said...

You have every right to be upset!
Don't be discouraged and thanks for all you do!

Laurie said...

I am sorry this happened to you. I really do appreciate your hard work and sharing.

Joy said...

Wow Cindy... I have been a lurker for some time now for your blog.. I always appreciate your work ..hard work at that. I may not always post a comment.. but I sure do appreciate all you have done. I have gotten inspiration from your creations several times.. but never used your card completely made as you do. I think that is what makes it so unique is to change it up a little to make you 'your own'..even if it's the color or cardstock, ribbon; etc..

sorry this happened to you.. I hope you continue to share your ideas.. :-) Thanks..

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