As I am sure many of you are aware, there are people out in the world wide web who save photos and claim them as their own.
Sadly, I have now been targeted. And for me the betrayal has hit quite close to home. You never think it will be a family member that steals your photos and claims them as their own, but that is exactly what happened to me.
I have a small sewing business/hobby and frequently post photos on my personal Facebook Page, just to have a little brag to friends and family, especially the ones I don’t see on a regular basis. I don’t usually watermark these photos, as they are ones with my kids in and never thought it would matter. Now what this person did to me was a little mean, especially seen as they know I help contribute to our family wage by selling my sewn goodies.
This person saved MY photo to their computer, then uploaded it to facebook as their own, asking if anyone could make the item for them for $10, as the pair they had were now to small and wanted more. They even said it was a picture they had taken this morning. My price for the item was $30. Now the pattern on its own was $10 then the cost of fabric and my time to construct said item, it all cost money. Now I was a little lucky in that the fabric I had on hand was given to me by my late grandmother, so for this item I didn’t add too much to the cost due to not having to purchase fabric.
So today’s lesson, sadly is, trust nobody, watermark every single photo, even if it is just your name, a nick name, anything that identifies the photo as your photo. And if you discover someone has pinched your photo on Facebook, report it as that is your property and no one has the right to steal your property. EVER.
But let’s not dwell on it, it is done, it won’t happen again. Later today I will be showing off a new item for my little Miss A that I will hopefully add to my Facebook page soon. In the meantime, check out an awesome Australian pattern designer, Bobkin Designs, though Facebook, their own website and Etsy.
Enjoy and Happy Sewing