Digital Piracy is Theft

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?

It basically means that if  you use the kit outside the specified terms of use that come with the kit then you are stealing the intellectual property of the designer – and thats theft.  Its effectively stealing the ideas expressed in digital form. The theft could be by claiming them as your own (be that expressely or by ommission) or by passing them on in a way that is not permitted -that may for instance be by passing on a download link rather than directing another customer to the designers source blog or website.

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

Of course I also had to really focus on my own Terms of Use which are now detailed within all of my kits rather than relying solely on the blanket TOU issued by My Memories.

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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5 thoughts on “Digital Piracy is Theft

  1. So sorry you’ve had an experience like this but good for you for turning it into something positive, a change in the way you do things. This type of thing is HUGE in digital stamping, too. People purchase an image and then print out copies for their friends rather than having their friends purchase the image themselves. Same thing…theft. It is just too bad!

  2. I was also reading about people creating false FB id’s to take advantage of a $5 coupon offered to a friends FB store – not one or two but dozens. Some people simply have no shame.

    My work feeds my family – I guess the thief might feel a little different if I was to go round to her house and clear all the food from her family’s dinner table….

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