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

While I agree that the disclaimer is pretty flimsy as a defense ("They come from a wide variety of web sources & are therefore deemed to be public domain. As far as we are aware they are licensed for personal use only and are copyrighted by their respective owners" seems contradictory to me), I think that you should clarify that it is only illegal to share freely available content if the author doesn't give you permission to share it. Freeware and shareware usually says in the terms of use that you are free to redistribute at least some parts.

You are NEVER to assume that anything is permissible to share on the web ever. YOu didn't make it then you better make the move to ask permission. NEVER ASSUME anything!
Nothing needs claification. Thieves just need to get it through their heads that "if you did not create it, it is not yours to do with as you please. If you want to do something, how about taking the time to ask permission first"
Most problems can be resolved with a simple kind asking permission email. How hard is that to do? NOT hard at all.

It's sometimes really hard and upsetting when you want to use something and every contact for the site bounces or if you do get thru, you get ignored. You send and re-send and they ignore you. I was a victim of piracy when I used an image I had purchased from a site for $4.95, and got permission from that girl to use it in digital scrapbooking as long as it was offered as a freebie - no profit. Only to find out later she stole it from PC Crafter's website and illegally gave me permission to use it. It was the whole foundation of my kit, so parts of the kit had to be pulled. Not to mention the nasty emails from a couple of readers and then the owner of PC Crafter. PC Crafter in no way apologized to me for the nastiness after I had pulled the image from my kit and explained to her where I got it from. I even had asked for permission to use the bear - no repsonse. With a heavy heart, not wanting to have PC Crafter make a profit after being so mean to me in all of this, I still sent my readers to her site to purchase the bear if they wanted it. I still used the bear in my own layout. I feel after all of this I earned the right to use it for personal use in my layout. No one from PCC said I couldn't still use the image for my own webpages and layouts. Pay Pal couldn't help me in locating this girl for PCC because she had closed her account with them and for privacy reasons couldn't give me anymore information. Not sure if PCC followed up with Pay Pal. Like I said, once I sent them all the proof, I got ignored.

Be cautious out there designers! Keep all email permissions you get FOREVER. And any other identifying information on the person who gave you permission.

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