Hmmm, what would you do?

I'd dearly like your opinion on a certain matter and what I should do about it.
A couple of days ago I received an e-mail from a friend "I'd rather not divulge
her name" stating she saw some of my textures posted elsewhere for downloading.
I visited the site and downloaded the texture set, after opening the file much to my
anger, the set was mine with my instructions/rules taken out and she/he put a folder
of crafts that can be bought from he/she. I can't believe the gall of some people.
Below is the post on the site "Far Far Hill .....all your creative activity".

ThePost

Here's a link to the download page:
If you have the time, could you leave a comment while there.




 Here’s the rules he/she put in the zipped file, replacing mine.

condition

I left a message about you posting my work, and it seems you didn't
post it or take down my works. This leaves me to contact blogger
about your doings.  This set was created and belongs to me, and it's
not to be posted anywhere but my blog.
TAKE IT DOWN NOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Here’s more information in case you want to check the site out to see
if any of your works are posted, like mine, without any asking whatsoever.

BLOG : http://farfarhill.blogspot.com/

SHOP : http://www.nearestore.net

Now I must decide whether to stop all postings on other sites!
Curious, what would you do or if it’s happened to you.

82 comments:

Amy said...

I'd be pissed as hell, just like you!!! OMG, I cannont believe someone would do this and ruin it for the good people. Take it as far as you have to Jerry!!! So sorry this happened to you.

Tug said...

I left a comment, but seeing as how they're moderated, I doubt it will ever show. I've seen sites telling what to do in these cases, but don't remember where. I'll keep my eye out & let you know if I find something.

Lisa | Her Beautiful Mess said...

that is harsh. sorry to hear that. i've had that happen to a few of my photographer friends. do what you need to do and take it as far as you can. ugh...some people.

Roberta said...

That is pretty unbelievable! Especially since you are giving away your textures for free!

I cn imagine how angry you must be....I am not sure what you can do in a case like this....

Good luck.

Jerry Jones said...

I guess it goes to show, some people don;t give a shit!

I've left numerous comments, but no show!

I'll be damned if I let this ruin my trust and effort to those who come here for my works, honestly.

Laura said...

I wrote a comment, too, but it's unlikely it will ever be published, since the blog owner uses moderation. Why on God's green earth would someone do that? They can have a good blog by pointing to great things on the web, if they lack the skills to create them. . . .

Debbie W said...

Interesting the textures stolen from you are not for commercial use...guess taking credit for another's work falls under personal use??

I scrolled through the site and couldn't help but wonder how many other people were in the same situation as you.

Ann said...

Downright despicable. It's bad enough that she took advantage of your talent and generosity but to not even respond to your comments only adds insult to injury.
I say do whatever you need to do and I would report her to blogger. I noticed that a couple of other sites are linking to her freebies, I would contact those sites and let them know that she is using your work and calling it her own

Bonnie said...

This is outrageous. The gall! Sorry this has happened to you, Jerry. I'm sure it is of little comfort to know that when people steal - they like to steal the best.

You might be interested in a couple of posts on "Moments of Perfect Clarity" from Sunday and Monday on this very topic. It created quite a stir among a group of crafters from Etsy who discovered a person doing something like what is happening to you: http://julochka.blogspot.com/2011/03/its-hard-to-be-original.html

I'll go over to the offender's site now. The good thing is that MOST people would never think of doing such a thing!

TeeTotallyNot said...

sorry about the thieving twuppet. Unfortunately there's not much to be done about it (if commenting doesn't work, maybe a wee warning/alerting- peops-about-her-site post somewhere else does.. methinx I feel a spot of socialnetworking coming on :)
I really do appreciate your creativity and generosity and will always go to the source :)

Katja Maki said...

I left a message on her blog. What a thief! Definitely you have to pursue this until she takes your textures down. Best of luck to you.

vertigob said...

I have heard of this happening. I would be furious as well. I don't know what you can do. I would not blame you for stopping providing these for free with vermin like that around.

I don't know, would it help if you had a list, like Kim Klassen?

Just a thought.

Thoughtfully Blended Hearts said...

That person is a thief...plain and simple...
You're so gracious with your textures...it's a pleasure to come here and take it all in...
Could you watermark them???

Thoughtfully Blended Hearts said...

Contact info for this blog is located a bottom of freebie set...

NeareStore
43 Koltsova Street
Kherson, Ukraine
Tel: +38 067 7382408
nearestore@ukr.net

I hope that it helps!!!

IHeartDogs said...

I'm so sorry people are stealing your work. You are so very generous and all you ask is that we credit you. And why not! You freely give it all away for us to use...
Shame on people.
Again, I am sorry and would be upset. I hope Blogger will ban this person.

Connie said...

Jerry, unfortunately I have little doubt that there are numerous folks profiting all over the internet from your hard work and kindness, most of which I’m sure has never bothered to at least provide you with a donation. As I stated before, you are very gracious and the textures and backgrounds that you create are phenomenonal. Sadly, there are those that seem to take advantage your generosity. (I encounter this constantly and it is so frustrating).

I can say without hesitation, that as much as I like free...you deserve compensation for you hard work. You are that talented, don’t sell yourself short.

~Connie

Corrine said...

Oh, I am so sorry this happened to you! The nerve of some people...and to take credit from the unknowing people who say "Thank you for your beautiful work" when it isn't even his/her's! Makes me mad for you, especially because you are so generous with your textures and I love them! GRRRRRRRR.... Makes me wonder about all of the other things on the site - how much of it was stolen????? You do what you have to do...I hope it doesn't mean that we lose access to your textures, but I'd understand no matter what you decide.

Louisiana Belle said...

Jerry, there is a link at the top of each blogger page to Report Abuse. I tried to report the copyright infringement on your behalf, but I couldn't get far because I am not the owner of the material.

Sorry this happened to you, but I would start with the Report Abuse button and go from there. Sucks.

Nancy said...

What would I do?

I'd file a NOI with the webhost.

linda said...

I didn't post a comment on this site, but I DID post this comment on Craft Cave...I hope it helps

Hi Maria,

Before you post the link to Far Far Hill, please take a moment to read this post by Jerry Jones of Shadowhouse Creations. Here is the link.

http://shadowhousecreations.blogspot.com/2011/03/hmmm-what-would-you-do.html

Thanks for taking the time to check this out.

Our Peculiar Lives said...

Have you tried to contact "Craft Crave" as well? I see they linked to that site for a freebie. If you let them know that site is pirating then maybe they won't link anymore??
So sorry this is happening. I can't believe some people.

shutterbugwife said...

I tried to comment too but she won't post it. This is infuriating and I wish I had advice on what you could do. Ugh, SOME PEOPLE!

Linda said...

You should consider filing a DMCA complaint with google - http://www.google.com/support/bin/request.py?contact_type=lr_dmca&product=blogger
They take this sort of thing very seriously.

Terry said...

I left a comment but people who do this sort of thing appear to have little shame.

Muddy Boot Dreams said...

We are all obviously shocked, and angry at this person.

This is no different then stealing photos off of blogs, and removing watermarks. There simply are no more boundaries anymore.

Take it as far as you need to, we are all behind you Jerry.

Jen @ Muddy Boot Dreams

Muddy Boot Dreams said...

Jerry, I noticed that she is a Blogger blog, and you can click on the report abuse button on top of her blog. Only you can make a report to Google, since it's your copyright.

Best of luck.

Jen @ Muddy Boot Dreams

Jackie Wood said...

I am so sorry to hear that this has happened to you. Good luck to you as you pursue this violator and a huge thank you for sharing your work with all of us. Your work is amazing and you don't deserve to have someone represent it as their own.

Here are a couple of articles I found dealing with stolen content.
http://www.theworkathomewoman.com/what-should-you-do-when-someone-steals-your-content/
http://lorelle.wordpress.com/2006/04/10/what-do-you-do-when-someone-steals-your-content/

Daniele said...

this has happened to one of my Design Team memebers as wellnot sure if its the same site, I can't beleive the gall of some people maybe everyone shoud leave a remark on his/hers blog letting them know that this stinks
best wishes

Shabby Cottage Studio said...

Unfortunately this happens on the net more than people realize. These peopel who steal actually don't care, they are lazy and can't do it themselves so they steal. This person looks to be outside the USA and may not have a clue, but that is no excuse these days. The thing is, if we put it out there we have to expect this to happen to us and realize it does come with the territory. I have had it happen to me with a custom banner that I created for a customer that someone else stole as their own for their Etsy store...they simply cropped it so emy customer's name didn't show. When we contacted the thief she told us she didn't understand why we were harrassing her and to leave her alone! Such is their mentality. I hope this doesn't stop you from providing for the rest of us who so appreaciate what you do. In fact I am getting ready to teach a digital class and recommending your site to my students for your generosity. I do know it is hard to get past the anger.

Anonymous said...

I have totally enjoyed your textures and have learned so much from your tutorials. I'm so sorry to see that this has happened to you, especially since it seems a very deliberate attempt to claim them as her own. I will leave a comment on her blog too..."free textures" does not give her the right to redistribute them...I hope it was just a misunderstanding about how the system works. Please keep up the good work!

Kathy Reed said...

Jerry,
I just want you to know how grateful I am for your site. It is unfortunate that there are such gutsy people out there. I hope your contact with Blogger is successful. I'm sure you could take legal action, but who wants to do that?

me again said...

I'd be climbing the walls, I'd be so furious! I notice that she has over 500 followers .... how about you contact each and every one of them, directing them to your post here and informing them that they're supporting a thief and a cheater? She also has a "vote for me on this site...." section; I'd contact those sites too. AND contact Blogger, but I gather you've already got that in the works. This really sucks and I'm sorry it's happened to you!

cynthia gayle said...

I just left a comment over there....doubt it will show up though! Thanks so much for not giving up on the rest of humanity! Thanks also for all of your generous efforts here....MUCH APPRECIATED!

Amber said...

Hey Jerry have you thought to contact some of the people who leave he/she comments on their blog. It might be worth a try. I would send the faithful followers an email showing and telling them that this person is stealing from you. Surly there is a way to get your work back. Best of luck!

paula, the quilter said...

I'd be totally pissed. Someone else I know had a photo stolen off her blog with no credit.

Raven said...

the main thing is to protect your bliss and your positive standing in the world community of producing and sharing Artists.

your ownership and copyright are in place at the moment of creation. it becomes a matter of what you want in your head: Art or Lawyers.


that said, your works contain pixel level identification patterns or watermarks leading producers with integrity back to you for proper licensing for commercial use. auto-tag detailed meta-data to the images you post. Creative Commons strict is pretty good I think.

the ones ripping you off know what they are doing and chose to do it anyway.

your work is so outstanding that it stands out. anyone who knows, will know that it's yours.

as an artist whose works have been breached numerous times, let me encourage you to simply keep producing your vision- your way, and keep distributing it as you see fit. it's obviously working.

a brief email to this persons ISP should take care of the problem quickly.

good luck!

Glenys said...

Jerry, these people are despicable!
There must be a way that you can counteract what they have done. I think I would obtain legal advise...your followers are very loyal to you and we understand your hurt. Chin up, I know how it feels as I am going through a very similar situation at this very moment...they have no gall and no respect, we should show them the same.

Anonymous said...

This is crazy! I can't believe the nerve! Good luck with your pursuit.

simplyred said...

Your beautiful items are covered by copyright law. I would have to find a way to make Blogger aware of her copyright infringement and have them shut down her blog until the items are removed.

simplyred said...

P.S. Notice the "Report Abuse" on the Nav Bar of her page, there is a place there to report copyright infringement. I hope you will do so, I hate piracy of any kind!

Jo said...

Jerry, I am sorry to hear this is happening to you!! People suck! I love your stuff!

Nichole Renee said...

Reprehensible. Absolutely reprehensible. Off to leave a nasty-gram that, at the very least, she'll see if not post.

Our Peculiar Lives said...

You may also want to check:

http://www.friendlyscrap.blogspot.com/

I used to follow them and then realized they had pirated someone else's work. They put out way too many kits a day in too many styles to be 100% legit I think. They have recently started using some distressed styles, I don't know if they're yours or not.
Please don't publish this comment, just check it out. THanks.

Lulutoo said...

Jerry, I do digital scrapbooking and this site has a reputation for stealing other people's stuff and posting it as their own. So sad. It's not enough that you give away your creations, but they want the credit, too? I'm surprised that Google hasn't shut down that site and others like it. Shame on them to enable people like that. I did leave a comment on that blog, but since they have to approve them, they just delete the ones complaining about their piracy. :( I also left a note on blog of the freebie list that had commented they were including that Far Far Hill post so that they know the link to it should be removed. If you Google digital piracy, I'm sure you'll get plenty of good information. Thanks for sharing your work!

Country Girl said...

Jerry, this person needs to be reported to Blogger. I left a comment there but like you said, they are moderated, so I doubt it will ever show up.
I can't stand people like this and I hope you get them to take down their blog.

alexa said...

I would also have remonstrated politely but firmly. Does this not count as theft? Can you threaten action under international copyright laws?

CBH said...

It is sad what they did. I am removing both blogs (someone mentioned another email address that most likely takes to a blog of the same name). Sorry about that. You have people talking for you!!! That is how good you are.

latz said...

Sorry Jerry. I guess I would be a bit anger too if someone stole my hard work. Just wanted to say that I do appreciate the work you do and all the wonderful freebies that you share. I've used many of them in my photography and scrapbooking. Thanks!

Caroline said...

UGH!! At least she is not charging people for the set! But I would contact blogger for sure (how you do that...I have no idea). I had a friend that had the content of her blog stolen (someone was using her posts and photos and created their own blog! Crazy), she contacted blogger and the fake blog was removed. Good luck!

Aimee said...

That is so wrong, but unfortunately that is the internet world we live in. Hopefully, it doesn't discourage you from sharing. I, personally, appreciate your work. Thanks again!

Chel said...

Makes my blood boil! On top of that they think they can get away with it.

If you haven't already you can click on report abuse at the top of 'Far Far Hills' page, where a list of options comes up, click on the second one, Copyright/Piracy issues.

Hope it helps in the mean time I'm off to leave a comment, doubt it'l stay there long though!

erin said...

i am on your side.......and feel your frustration!!! i TOO have left a comment there. i love your generosity.

Magpie Magic said...

Oh how awful. Some people just don't have any shame whatsoever. I'd contact blogger and ask for the blog to be taken down. The fact is she/he is ignoring copyright. The rules for your images state clearly that copyright is yours. Your textures are not in the public domain, even if you do give them away for free. Lots of people and that includes people in Europe and America think that because it's on the net it's free and they can do what they like with what they find. It's up to us to educate them. Might be worth looking into using www.myfreecopyright.com for your texture sets so you at least have proof of time/date when they were published. This helps in cases like this. Some of my friends had images of theirs displayed in a Picasa gallery for people to download. They were copied right of an agent's website. When contacted and asked for payment the person immediately removed the images.
I'll name and shame the person/site on my blog/facebook/Redbubble and DeviantArt. The more people know about this, the better.
Good luck! xo

24atheart said...

I just posted a comment but it has to be approved. I'm sure they are only approving comments that speak highly of their "gift". HA!

Belinda said...

Please don't take yours down...I'm just learning how to do this and I want to get some of yours...I would never abuse your generosity. I just haven't downloaded any yet! Definitely spread the word about the creepo who is stealing your stuff! I'll comment on their site too!

Sondra said...

I also left a comment. Hope it helps.

Denise said...

I am so sorry to hear this happened....you are so generous and giving with all your free items. Makes me wonder who elses work she is stealing...

Romy said...

I'm sorry this happened to you. Unfortunately, you are not the first one or the last.

Contacting her filesharing sites might help (Hotfile, DepostFile), they are usually more careful about being a part of these practices.

Good luck!

anne4 said...

I'm so sorry to see that people really need to stoop to a level below ignorance and desparation in order to gain popularity with someone else's dedication and hard work! Do what you must do to have this person brought to justice...if he/she can't play by the rules then they do not deserve to be a part of the blogging community!We understand your anger and will stand behind your decision. Best of luck Jerry, you truly do have a great talent and are a wonderful person, and we thank you for all that you have shared with us.

The Painting Queen said...

I also left a comment there about not stealing from you. This is a blog I am following, and now I am trying to unfollow, if I can figure out how to get that to work.

You know we love you, and most people in the world are very good and respect your creations.

Dar said...

This is SO wrong on SO many levels. This is the type of person that makes it tough for all the rest of us. I would ask nicely first and if no response I would report her/him for sure. I'm in awe of your work Jerry, it's outstanding!! Hope this one jerk doesn't ruin it for the rest of us!!

Paul said...

That really sucks. No amount of communication with this person is going to change anything, though.

Google "Skimersan" (the owner of http://nearestore.net/, according to the signature at the bottom of the home page), and you'll find it's not just your artwork he's bundled up and made available for download. Either that or he's a prolific artist.

If you go to http://www.who.is/whois/nearestore.net/, you'll find that the domain was registered in the Ukraine. That leaves zero chance of any legal action.

My suggestion, for what it's worth, is to click the "Report Abuse" link at the top of his blog, select "copyright" and continue from there. (I've never actually reported abuse, so "there be dragons" at this point for me.) Hopefully they'll cut off his use of Google widgets (Follow) as well.

Although I've used a couple of your textures in the past, and given attribution, I don't think I've ever notified you about it. So hopefully this is a little pick-me-up for you: http://www.flickr.com/photos/paulbalchin/4996857141/. We all appreciate the hard work you do.

Thanks,

Paul

Julie said...

Ahh, not much left to say except sorry that this has happened to you. I love your textures and thanks so much for sharing youring artistic expression with us. Your awesome!

Five Baht Elephant said...

I'm so sorry this happened to you. I will leave a comment there too, but doubt it will show up.

nacherluver said...

Makes absolutely no sense. Why would someone take something so generously shared and try to pass it off as their own with restrictions? Why not simply give credit where credit is due and send people to you?

Sad. Very sad. So sorry to hear.

I would report abuse as others have suggested and try to contact the blogger requesting they take down the post due to copyright infringement.

You truly are a blessing to so many creative folks. I am sad to see this happen to you.

Laura Washburn said...

I would be very angry too. Everyone who reads your blog should appreciate and respect that you share your talents with everyone free of charge. Don't let this discourage you creatively....Karma's a bitch :)

Anonymous said...

This really ticks me off. What nerve. Some people just don't understand copyright/intellectual/creative property rights, or just don't give a crap. Honestly. If ethics doesn't matter, you would think the law would. I hope you get it taken down AND an apology from the thief. Meanwhile, I thank you for your selfless sharing on your blog. I enjoy using your textures for photo-editing - I'm not a pro, just an enthusiast. - A Canuck

Anonymous said...

Oh, and I should let you know about a texture of yours that I used on a Flickr photo, of course with deserved attribution to you. http://www.flickr.com/photos/photography_by_pam/5502610229/

One of my favourites! Thanks again.

- A Canuck

Paula Leigh said...

I am very upset that this opportunistic and unscrupulous individual is trying to take advantage of you to their own benefit. I will definitely post a comment on their site to tell them what a fraud they are and hope that Blogger will disable their site.

Your textures are treasures. Thanks for all you do so selflessly.

Anonymous said...

Holy crap, I´ve just seen this piracy - I downloaded from Farfarhill a couple of times, mostly vintage elements, but never realised she´s a pirate. I think I have to delete all of her "work" now just to be safe. What should I say? I´m shocked. I am really shocked.
Jerry, I´m so sorry...

Karen - An Artist's Garden said...

I am so sorry that this has happened to you and good luck with taking it as far as you can.

Here are a couple of links which may be useful

http://www.plagiarismtoday.com/stock-letters/

http://www.gardenbloggers.com/2010/12/reporting-copyright-violations-on.html

K

Karen - An Artist's Garden said...

Here is another link you may find helpful - I dont know if it has any "teeth" as it seems to be aimed at text - but I use it and trust that the images will be included as part of the digital fingerprint

http://myfreecopyright.com/

K

Laura said...

Hi Jerry,
This has happened to me too with my vintage French postcard images. Even worse, one of my self portraits ended up in an online ad for a porn site!!!! However, I've been lucky that when I contact them they usually remove them. I've come to the conclusion over these last 5 years I've been sharing online that people are going to steal. I believe in Karma so they'll get back something in return for their theft and it won't be anything good. I continue to share because I think that is more important. I hope you will continue to do so too. You've got people watching out for you and if someone sees something of yours, I'm sure they'll let you know.
On one final note, I find it funny how her rules state "not for commercial use" when everything she has in her vintage packs are free of copyright. It's laughable! Chin up, keep producing your work and don't let that get you down!

Anonymous said...

I would be Mad as Hell. But I believe that this site isn't being ran by a nice little creative crafter as it makes you believe. Lots of these types of sites at ran by hackers and malice people to spread their virus and control your computers. Don't download from them no matter if you think stuff is stolen or not. They create professional looking sites and steal product to get lots of traffic and people to download. Its on the same scheme as "download this freebie was when mass emails used to appear in your inbox, or chain letter jokes. Beware

Nate Maas said...

Please don't let one bad apple spoil your generous spirit. As a grateful teacher with limited means, I think you've done the world a great service by making your textures available to others.

Kathleen said...

Jerry,
What goes around comes around. EVen though she won't post our comments on her site about how awful we think this is, don't worry, the word is getting out.

I found your blog post on a scrapbooking thread today and all of the scrappers there have said that they are going through their computer and deleting anything they have ever taken from her site. So the reality is that this practice of "stealing others work" will be to her demise. As for yourself, your generosity at sharing your lovely textures will also come back to your profit in the long run.

Sorry that you are experiencing this "crap". But thank you for your work and generosity.

Best wishes!

Susie Jefferson said...

This is so bad of her/him. I'll be leaving a comment, for sure.

What a shame you aren't registered with myfreecopyright.com as they snapshot your blog/web contents, and every time you write a new entry, they keep a copy (and send a file link for you) so that in cases like this, you can SUE the person involved. Good luck with it - and please don't stop posting, you know we all love you!

Anonymous said...

Augh Jerry that sucks so bad!! I'm sorry that this happened to you! :( People just like to take advantage of generous people. Don't let this episode get you down!

Julie said...

ARgh, I had *no idea* this was a thieve's site. I've downloaded from Far Far before (not often, and not much) because it occassionally comes up on a couple of freebie referral blogs that I go to. I'm glad it's in the process of being taken down. And I'm so sorry the theft happened to you.

Kim @ Starry Sky Ranch said...

Goll darn! : P You have been so very generous and it has been such a blessing to so many of us. It fortunate you have such a loyal following and identifiably excellent work that someone spotted it so you could act on it. I hate it when the ugly side of the 'net shows its face.

Was glad to learn that these are often run by hackers. Makes me all the more grateful for sites like yours that share safely.

Anonymous said...

Interetsing to see she still has a link to shadowhouse under her list of favs..

there will always be bad apples, but the majority admire and respect your work Jerry :)

Thank you for your generosity x

Anonymous said...

I recently found your your textures on another site. I can remember which one, I'm sorry. When I came across it, it showed not only the textures but also your page about using your textures. I was wondering where the textures originally came from and now I know. I will not download them since I am looking for textures I can use in my art that I would like to sell. They are great textures you have.

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