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January 06, 2008

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Okay, poor David Sloop for being thrown into this pot of estrogen. Let's not forget the one or two men out there that, well work with their wives, but still are surrounded by all of us PMS'ing women. HaHa!

Please note Jamie, it's 1:30 am and I'm still awake! Who loves ya baby? No, I'm too scared to sleep now, for fear of oversleeping and missing the boat. Geesh!

This has happened to me more times than I'd like to admit to, and you're right, most times, I've been alerted by my competitors. It amazes me when they pull the ignorance card - telling me they had no idea they couldn't use my images or copy my text (verbatim) - even though it is clearly stated on every single page of my website that it is copyright protected, etc., etc.

A month ago, I had the text of one of my product pages lifted and plagiarized VERBATIM by a school teacher selling on Etsy. She claimed to have no idea she wasn't allowed to do that! This is beyond ignorance - this is just plain making excuses.

You can also use Google Alerts to set up key words that will be then emailed to you when those words are used in a web page or blog. I do this with my company name, my name and a few key words.

Also, www.copyscape.com - you can enter the web address of any page on your site, and it will search the net for those words/strings being used and show you where.

Thanks for bringing up this sticky issue.

One more thing! You can also disable right-click to try to prevent image theft with a little bit of code from Dynamic Drive, found here: http://www.dynamicdrive.com/dynamicindex9/noright.htm

Unfortunately, if the abuser has any idea about coding, they can just go into the source code for the image, but it does deter a good portion of the theives, because let's face it, most of them are just plain lazy anyway.

I had just put away the paints Saturday night but instead of heading straight to bed, I decided to do a little www surfing to wind down a bit and I am so glad that I did!

To say that I was gob smacked to see my designs on this web site, is an understatement. Some of the other designs featured there looked familiar to me and so, I started contacting everyone I could. By this time, I was just to wired (and angry) to sleep anyhow. I figured that if my stuff was lifted, the chances were pretty high that all the rest was stolen property as well.

I did manage to get a bit of shut eye and I woke to find so many lovely emails waiting for me. Wow .... imagine that, huh? - A group of super friendly competitors? I am so glad that we could all band together to put a stop to this. LOL Now then ..... when are we all going to go into business together and take over the net? *waaa haaa haaa haaaa haaa - she says rubbing her hands together*

Thanks for the tips Carrie. While there doesn't seem to be any foolproof or absolute solution, any little bit of techno help, helps!

What nerve! I'm so glad all of you were able to rally together and address this!

Elzabeth - thank you, thank you! What would we do with our snoops? I have really never seen anyone try to rip off designs and photos so blatantly - wow! I guess the fool proof way is what we have - everybody looking out for each other, it seems to work now!

Eee gads! That's crazy! Wish I could see the site. I have had this happen to me as well. Friends on eBay are always on the lookout and there was one lady that stole the photos of a bunch of my wall letters and said they were hers. The funny part is that they werent my crappy photos, they were Poshtots catalog shots that they took. She had a bunch of other people's stuff as well. As soon as I contacted her, she took them off. But people have to be insane. Actually, I honestly think that they think no one will ever see it. Especially the eBay people. That's where Ive seen the blatant Shelly Kennedy knock offs. Or ATTEMPTS at knock offs. Not even close.

My questions is THIS. HOW can you copyright something that people make and sell at craft shows all over the COUNTRY??? This woman may have copied some of your pictures from your website, I don't know - but what I DO KNOW, is that YES, she CAN paint everything she says she can. You, my lady, are not the only "children's painter" in the world. She is just like you, trying to raise a family and run a business - just like all of us in America, trying to make a living. Why should she be a "VENDOR" of yours - when she can make the exact same things herself - I don't think you can keep the whole world from painting on tiles and wood, etc. There are many talented people in this world. Thats my 2 cents worth.

And by the way - she IS still in business.

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