I have read that phrase hundreds of times – literally every time I have downloaded a digi kit from the internet (yes I buy them as well as selling them!!)
But what does it actually mean?
In the past I have been able to spot pirated work and actually inform the designer in a couple of instances. Never ever gave any thought to being affected by it myself though. That is until I got a FB message from an Artscow customer who is familiar with my work. She had spotted several of my fleece blanket designs (of which I am rather proud) being passed off as the work of another Facebook user.
When challenged the thief protested her innocence – like a small child who whines ‘I didn’t do it’ when caught redhanded. The truly disappointing thing for me, aside from her plastering my images and those of my family all over her facebook page was the barefaced lies she still persists in telling. An admission and an apology would actually have been sufficient at one point. In the face of her obstinate and arrogant lies I am now considering taking legal action along with the other designers whose work she stole.
Unsurprisingly she has blocked me from commenting on her FB page and I won’t demean myself by mentioning her name here or that of her ‘store’ but if you were to imagine a ‘kicking & screaming‘ naughty child with a vulgar exaggerated hairbow bought on FB perched on her silly head you wouldn’t be far from the mark……I guess her customers would be distinctly unimpressed with her thieving ways and lack of integrity.
This thief has actually done me a favour though as I harnessed all my anger and outrage that weekend and opened a store of my own on FB which is now doing very nicely thankyou. A big shout out to Celeste Lombas of Touched By A Butterfly who did all the work loading it onto my CatDesignz Facebook Page
I’ve added a page here on my blog too so that they are easy to find – no excuses!
My parting thought for today?
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DIGITAL PIRACY IS THEFT