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I have never really had any type of content stolen from me before. I knew that plagiarism was a huge deal in high school but I never stole content or copied and pasted, so I never really had an issue. I always saw the “copyrighted” stamps on other blogs and thought it was silly for me to place that on my blog because nobody ever really stole my photos. However, for a little over a year now, I have made little quotes and even some typography that I have placed on my blog without a watermark. For some reason, I think watermarks can be ugly and I just don’t like them. I didn’t necessarily think people would CLAIM them or steal them. I do often see people not citing their sources. Again, it didn’t really bother me, until now.

A few weeks ago, an acquaintance of mine posted one of my quotes on Instagram. I asked her where she found the quote because I made it (and I knew she didn’t read my blog). I have become used to hundreds of thousands of quotes/posts I write all over Pinterest, but I was curious about this one. She informed me that it was on Mitt Romney’s campaign page. I instantly got excited. I thought it was really neat that my photo had been crawling all over the internet and eventually got to Mitt Romney’s campaign page. I love that man! I went to see for myself, and there it was. My photo. With a source that WASN’T sourcing to me. I became a little bothered, simply because I should be getting that credit. Selfish? No, not really. I went to the source and lo and behold, the chick was claiming that it was hers. “I made this print…” Um…NO. You didn’t make that. I didn’t comment or email because I just decided to shrug it off.

Later on that day, I couldn’t stop thinking about it. I decided to do a Google search of the image and found it on 10+ pages on Google that were mostly blogs. IF THEY DID cite their source, It was always back to that girl. As I was looking through Google (with my image attached), I came across the Huffington Post. It was something like, “The top quotes of 2014” and there it was, my photo that I had made….linking back, to the same girl claiming it was her quote. Now, I understand the internet is a crazy place. Things are being passed everywhere. On the other hand, it REALLY bothers me when people aren’t honest or when people don’t cite the true source. I have seen some of my pictures on very popular blogs or campaign pages, or even the Huffington Post. It’s exciting! But it’s not as exciting when someone else gets the credit for stealing.

Moral of the story? I’ve learned my dang lesson. I’m going to confront those who steal my work. These photos are officially copyrighted. In the first place, you shouldn’t ever take something from someone without asking. Due to Pinterest, people think they can just copy and paste and still not cite their source. From now on, readers, PLEASE ask me before you take something of mine. If you do take something of mine, please cite it. It’s common courtesy, ethical, and even legal to do it the RIGHT way.  

12 comments

  1. I got mad just reading this! I can't believe someone would claim something like that as their own! I hope you contacted that blogger who is claiming that. She deserves to be put in her place.

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  2. Ah man, I'm sorry you are dealing with that!

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  3. WOW that's not cool. I can't believe people think it's ok to do stuff like that. I'm sorry you found out about it like that, and that there's all sorts of credit that SHOULD be linked to you. Not ok. Love you long time lady!

    Much love,
    Heather

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  4. Ugh, this bugs me so bad. I have such a fear of people stealing my photos of the Temples that I usually never share them. I hate having to put a watermark on things but I feel the same way, I don't want others tot take credit. I hope you are able to contact this person and get things set straight.

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  5. I am sorry to hear that your well thought out quotes are not being sourced to you, like they should be! It can be flattering knowing people find your words great enough to share but once they don't give the right person credit, it isn't flattering anymore.
    I felt like this with my tattoo, I came up with the quote, it was something I put time and thought into to come up with for something and someone very important! But people are wanting to copy it, yet they don't think of it being someone's hard work only a "cute quote".

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  6. man!!!!! I'm sorry! that is kind of the pits. some people just think they have right to everything and anything! Dang,
    but you did make the huffington post!! WHOOO!!!

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  7. What quote? That's awesome firstly and secondly I HOPE YOU READ THAT GIRL HER RIGHTS. If not, I will :D

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  8. This bugs me for you. ugh! Some people. This happened to me once, not in the exact way.. but I remember when I found a girl that was taking like serious posts from me. bleh. Great idea getting a copyright.. I think I'm right behind ya.

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  9. That sucks that happened, but kinda awesome that your stuff appeared on some cool sites! Agree though, ya gotta do something tobetter protect yourself and your content!

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  10. So sorry to hear about this!! :( Last year I wrote a product review for a shampoo and conditioner. I was looking at other bloggers who reviewed it about a week after I posted my review, and I found a lady who had pretty much word for word said the same things I did. She had posted after me, and I knew she had copied me... So lame, cuz who can't write their own opinion?? Anyways, I called her out, and she deleted it, saying she didn't write anything like I did. I had taken a screen shot, so I sent it to her. Then she put the same lingo back on her blog. i was so frustrated! I contacted the company we reviewed for, and they made her take it down.

    Last week, I was looking for a particular brand of watch I like on ebay, and I found a seller who was selling a watch I have.. But they used MY photo from my blog for their posting!!! So mad!! I contacted them but they haven't replied. People are so dishonest these days!

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  11. So sorry to hear about this!! :( Last year I wrote a product review for a shampoo and conditioner. I was looking at other bloggers who reviewed it about a week after I posted my review, and I found a lady who had pretty much word for word said the same things I did. She had posted after me, and I knew she had copied me... So lame, cuz who can't write their own opinion?? Anyways, I called her out, and she deleted it, saying she didn't write anything like I did. I had taken a screen shot, so I sent it to her. Then she put the same lingo back on her blog. i was so frustrated! I contacted the company we reviewed for, and they made her take it down.

    Last week, I was looking for a particular brand of watch I like on ebay, and I found a seller who was selling a watch I have.. But they used MY photo from my blog for their posting!!! So mad!! I contacted them but they haven't replied. People are so dishonest these days!

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    1. Are you serious? That is NUTS! I don't really understand how people don't realize that it's SO EASY to find out they are stealing others photos. I also don't understand how hard it is to cite sources. I'm glad that you called that girl out -- confrontation is always the best way to go!

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