PIRACY IS WRONG

About "Stop Piracy"

  • "Stop Piracy" is a sub-blog of Jen Strange's "Digi-Scrappin' with Jen." The primary author is Jen Strange, and the blog was Meredith Fenwick's idea. Banner and navigation buttons created by Meredith Fenwick. Avitar in banner by Mindy Terasawa . All content, aside from quotes from other sources, (C) by each author, 2005, 2006, 2007. Please e-mail jenstrange AT gmail DOT com for permissions.

ABOUT FREEBIES:

  • Just becuase it was free, doesn't mean you can do anything you want with it.
    "FREEBIES ARE GIVEN FROM THE VENUE OF THE ARTIST'S CHOOSING IN ORDER TO GENERATE TRAFFIC TO THEIR PLACE OF BUSINESS. PRE-EMPTING THAT STEP NOT ONLY HURTS THEIR BUSINESS AND VIOLATES THEIR Terms of Use, BUT IS ILLEGAL AND VIOLATES US COPYRIGHT LAW."
    (quoted from Miki from Microferk Designs. )

    To learn more about freebies and piracy, please read Why it's not ok to share freebies .

KARMA

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Comments

I am a photographer just getting started with personal digital scrapping...the first grandchild arrived! I am also exploring how I could use scrapping elements in my photography. Whether it's photography or scrapbooking, pirating is a big problem. We photographers face the scanner as well as the right click pirates.

I do know there are a lot of folks who are "innocent." They have not been educated and feel once they purchase something or have their picture taken and a copy in their hands that it is then their property to do what they like with. Licensing, use, etc. These are concepts we all need to educate the public on.

I like what you are doing and your warning/educational kits. I am wondering if your TOU would allow me to use them as well with my photographs?

Thanks, Ruth Geitgey

Thank you for taking the time to explain in layman's terms exactly what piracy is. I am glad you posted this on your blog. Thank you.

One thing that is confusing in your site is that you use "share" instead of what it really is - collecting and redistributing from your site and/or sending out the actual file. As you say later on, on this page, it's ok to send a link TO THE ORIGINAL SITE. A lot of people, especially those new to digital graphics read this blog as it's linked by many yahoo groups as well as web pages and other sites, and after reading it say... "I can't share a link to the blog I just found?" The answer to that is yes. You may share links to the blog post, or the main blog. Never send a link to the blog owner's file, and unless the blog owner says it's ok to, you shouldn't send a preview of the kit - that graphic is copyrighted also. When a kit maker releases a kit that is free to distribute via email, they will tell you - and you must make sure that you send the entire file, including those pesky text files.

Thanks for this. As a long time paper scrapper, who has "converted" to digi, I have been showing friends and family the joys of the digital version. A few had asked me why they couldn't copy the free stuff I had gathered and I had said "because its piracy". For me, if I had been asked not to pass it on that was reason enough, but a few people didn't understand "how it would hurt", now I can direct them here. Thanks for putting this in plain and simple terms. Education is always a powerful agent of change.

Best wishes to all,

Erika

There is Freebie Bloggers website, that advertises freebie kits & there is yahoo groups, that send links to these various blogs.

My thoughts were that if it was free, then why isn't it freely given.

In this world, nothing is free @ least not in the freely given sense.

I had trouble understanding the Piracy issue. I couldn't understand that if it was free, then why is it Piracy.

So, I googled: Free Digi-Scraps Vs. Piracy & came across your site, which explains it in clarified terms.

Thank you, I needed this subject clarified.

Cyndi

Thanks for sharing this with us. I have just recently started designing for digi-scrapping and agree that a lot ot time and effort goes into making the freebies that we offer.

thank you I down load a lot don't know how to use them

I want to understand about piracy of digital images. Something you said about finding your's and other's images online for sale concerns me. I have downloaded free images, used them to make a card that I then sell to people I work with. Is this piracy? If so, then I will not be doing that again.

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