Friday, 26 October 2012

Have you ever discovered someone using your images to sell their items?

Todays update features our newest member Tiffany from Black Cat Textiles.

This afternoon Tiffany posted for help on our facebook page:

"Aaarggghh! Cannot believe someone has had the cheek to use my pictures, complete with watermarks, on their page trying to 'sell' the same item but cheaper than I do!! Put a very polite comment under the picture to say 'thanks for sharing my goods, but you forgot to tag my page' and then did so! Wouldn't mind so much, but the photo was even watermarked! How do others deal with this sort of thing?"

Has this ever happened to you? How did you deal with it?

As crafters we all know how hard it is to take good photographs of our creations. Although I am reasonably happy with my images these days it has taken many years to get them to this stage. So how disheartening must it be to see someone selling a similar item and actually using your images! 

I look forward to hearing your thoughts on this matter and have whipped up a quick badge that you can use on your sites. I cannot say whether this will deter image thieves but it is a start.

1 comment:

  1. Personally I haven't had any of my photos pinched (to my knowledge) however I have seen people use photos,even ones which have a watermark, from knitting designs patterns to advertise their own product. For example; a person who knits, buys a pattern of say a knitted toy and then they knit the toy BUT when they list the toy for sale they use the original photo of the toy from the pattern seller. This is misleading as the chances of the knitted toy looking exactly the same as the original is unlikely but also the photo is being used when it shouldn't be. I notify the original seller/pattern owner when I see this and I have been thanked for doing so.