*This is NOT the post I wanted to write today. It is NOT how I wanted to start off the New Year. Unfortunately, it was a blog I was “forced” to write, because some people are scum bags.*
I get it. The internet is a big “world” where photos and ideas are shared, and shared again, and shared again……I fully understand that anything you post is out there forever, and anyone can see it. I’m ok with that. What I’m NOT ok with is when something I worked hard to design, something that meant a lot to me and I was proud of, is taken, copied, and then SOLD without giving me credit.
Our wedding was almost 100% DIY From the Invitations to the decor, I made it.
Our Save The Dates have been making the rounds on Pinterest, mainly linking back to a blog I used to write for called Bridal Buds. They were baseball tickets since our wedding was vintage baseball themed.
Here they are:
This morning a friend mentioned that she saw it repinned and so I thought I’d just go take a look. I was shocked to see this:
Not only did she/he/it steal my design, but they used my original photo and just pasted on top of it! Ridiculous!
Then I look to see where it links to, and discover it’s and ETSY PAGE!!! They are SELLING my design and calling it their own?! WHAT!? Happy New Year to me! So,
WHAT? Who does this? Apparently, Kevin at Art From A Designer, who “graduated with a degree in Graphic Design and use my creative education to make prints, invites, shirts, logos…anything!” And his girl Kitty who claims to be a LAW STUDENT!!! It seems that Intellectual Property Law is a class you slept through, Kitty cat! After viewing their other designs on LawStudentCrafts at etsy, I’m willing to bet that most, if not all, are stolen from other designers.
They have been selling these since April 2011….that’s a few months BEFORE our wedding (Our Save the dates were mailed out in September of 2010 and I posted on Bridal Buds in October 2010)
I hate watermarks. I really do. And I’ve tried for years to avoid putting them on my pictures, but it appears that I can no longer trust the people of the interwebs.
Just for good measure, in case these were stolen by someone too……here are our invitations!
I would greatly appreciate some re-pins of MY design, if you have pinterest. And make sure that when you pin, you are only pinning original content, from the original creators website, so THEY get the credit for their designs. I know I’m not the only one who has had work stolen over the years, and hopefully we can make this kind of theft a bit less lucrative for the criminals!
since posting this I have received a response from the etsy seller:
I apologize for the confusion. These were designed per a customer’s request, as they had seen them and did not know the source. We have made changes to the save the date, so that they do not so closely resemble the design.
Thank you for understanding.
Ok. Great. But that doesn’t explain why you: a) photoshopped over my picture b) claim it is YOUR design c) are SELLING IT!!
Honestly, if someone saw these online and wanted to recreate them for themselves, I am 100% FINE with that. I’d be flattered. If someone wanted these for themselves, and wasn’t capable , so they took the image to someone who WAS capable, even if they paid them to do it I’d be 100% FINE with that. But to use my design and SELL IT for a PROFIT claiming YOU designed it is NOT fine. It’s 100% WRONG!