…isn’t that what they say imitation is? so, i would say “thank you”, but a recent incident may force a change in the way mrs. jones conducts things here.
long story short: thank goodness my true blue friend helen morris has sharp eyes for things in addition to great design…she brought to my attention that an etsy seller (who shall remain nameless) had copied an original stencil pattern of mine and was selling it as her work. bad karma, right? the kicker: she also swiped my accompanying photograph and was using it as a way to sell the stolen stencil design! brazen! shameless! outrageous! (is anyone else shocked by this?)
after my emailing her directly and notifying etsy, she de-listed the offending stencil and photograph. (without an apology, just a terse, unashamed “item has been removed.”) several seriously prominent stencil designers, from whom she has stolen numerous images and designs, are taking legal action. magpies, beware!
from now on, it seems that watermarking images will be a must. since it is too daunting to consider going back and editing every photo i’ve ever posted, i am just going to have to rely on your kindness and decency so that i may keep sharing (as i’ve been so happy to do) without worrying about things being misused, or proper credit not being given (which is turning into an expensive problem, seeing as how my intellectual property attorney bills by the text/minute/email. ouch.)
and while i realize that putting images online at times begs for a good copy & paste, and sharing sites such as polyvore and pinterest have blurred the lines of what’s permissible to virtually borrow, please let’s get back to the basics…be kind, share (carefully), give credit where credit is due, don’t touch things that don’t belong to you without asking first, do unto others, etc. etc.
thus concludes my rant. thank you for listening.
(above photo really unrelated to anything, really…it’s a little plaque i made for the broom closet door at the studio – which is where i would like to lock a particular etsy seller. there. i’ve said it. anyway, the details: silver leaf over henrietta chalk paint™. vintage vacuum stencil from stencil 1.)