Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Who is Tania Yorke? or Heather Prince? or Teresa Harwell

Who is Tania Yorke and Heather Prince and Teresa Harwell and why do they have so much unwatermarked copyrighted material pinned to their Pinterest boards?
 
These ladies could be anyone, they could be you or one of your crafting buddies or any other crafter who just don't have the facts.
 
Tanya has over 560 pins to her "Digi" board, most of them are not watermarked. In fact, some are the latest releases from Magnolia.   Magnolia stamps don't even come in "digi" format.  It clearly states those images were "uploaded by user".  But many of the other images are repins from other board.  So there are many crafters "sharing" images with the virtual world. 
 
Are they uneducated and not know this is wrong, or do they simply not care?  Is it "everyone else had them pinned so I thought it was okay" 
 
This type of sharing HAS to stop. It is ruining the businesses of many of our beloved stores and artists. In fact Teresa's board is entitled "Images to Color" so we know she has no intention of buying those stamps.  I know there are a lot of people who want to see this stopped.  How can you help?  Please report these pins to pinterest.  You can also leave a message under the image on pinterest letting the pinner know it is wrong to do this.  Please don't be cruel, just informative.
 
I also would like to say there are many other people beside these three ladies pinning images.  I simply used them as examples since they have pinned the latest Magnolia rubber stamps.  I am not saying they know they are violating copyright law, I am simply trying to point out how one person could spread so many images so fast, and thus kill the sales of many companies.
 
So lets all ban together in stopping this outrageous practice of pinning copyrighted images that have no watermarks.
I welcome all questions and comments,
 
Thanks, Michelle

47 comments:

  1. I would love to see links to the Pinners who continually violate copyright laws and commit theft. Once they are told they are in violation through leaving a comment on their pin (the pinner receives an email to the account attached to their Pinterest account, so they can't claim they didn't know), they should immediately take down the pin. However, they do not. I'll keep commenting as I love to receive email from adults and their excuses and reasons for stealing and will continually report the violations to Pinterest through their reporting mechanism using "Other" and then in the comment section indicating theft of copyrighted work.

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  2. I left messages on three of the Pinned images and now it is blocking me from doing so, claiming that it is recognizing my comment as spam :(

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  3. I've been doing some reporting and commenting lately too.. I've also tried reporting the accounts of people who have whole boards full of stolen images but for some reason when you do that, if you choose "Other" it doesn't let you specify a reason why you are reporting. :/

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  4. Tracy you need to vary your comments a bit. I had the same issue as I was commenting on so many images so thought I'd save time by copying and pasting the same comment but that flags the spam filters.

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  5. Well I am on my way to give it a try, this has to stop. Hugs, Cathy k

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  6. I am getting very aggravated. not only at the people who are pinning things they know they shouldn't be, but also at Pinterest. there is one board in particular that I have left not only comments on pins, but have reported more than 3 dozen individual images in the past few days. the images are still there. does Pinterest not care about these violations?

    I've spent hours and hours reporting pins for artists whose work I admire, who are friends of mine, and whose DTs I am part of. I am doing this because it is not only what friends do for one another, but because it is right. how frustrating that Pinterest isn't holding up their end of the deal....

    sorry, just needed to vent. all of this is getting so far out of hand. makes us all so weary of the dishonest people.

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  7. I wish I was a lawyer and could sue Pinterest on behalf of the violated artists. I can't see any difference between Pinterest and any landlord who allow drug dealing to take place in their dwellings. The law holds them responsible for the actions of their tenants, I don't see why Pinterest shouldn't be held to the same standard.

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  8. I have flagged many today, not sure Pinterest takes me seriously as I am not the artist, but will keep on doing so. I have also noted that several web retailers as well as brick and mortar retailers are advertising their rubber in pictures with not watermarks - these can easily be pinned as just a picture, then put right onto a computer like a digi. Retailers need to be informed of this as well. This not only hurts the artist, but why would someone want to buy the rubber from them when they can simply download a copy of the image and manipulate it for personal use. I am an avid pinner and enjoy it, but Pinterest needs to get a handle on these things. I will continue to report anything I find and hope others will as well....this is a real up hill battle, but I always try to keep in mind that I PAID for the images I got from the artists I support and I want those same artists to keep creating more.

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  9. I am a Pinterest user and really like all that it offers me. If it were not for the website, I would never have learned about you and other digital stamp stores.

    I do see this copyright issue as huge. It drives me insane when I see an image that I could love to purchase without any identifiable artist or store to refer to.

    This is important to the stamping community and others. I have had watermarked photos stolen, edited and re-used. I hope Pinterest gets a handle on it soon.

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  10. Pinterest is aware this is going on and we are hoping that they will start paying more attention to it soon.

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  11. It appears that some of the imags have been removed today! Keep up the good work everyone!

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  12. I have just reported one of them. its not right they are doing this

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  13. Was sad to see another pinner with huge numbers of Saturated Canary stamps amongst others without watermarks. Left her this message. "This content is copywrited hun, as are all the Saturated Canary stamps you have listed on your page. Please take them and all the other posts down that don't have watermarks on them. This damages the stamping industry and takes money away from talented artists who are trying to earn a living. Thanks, Wendy" If others want to comment too on her site, here's a link - http://pinterest.com/lasonrisaderosa/sellos-para-pintar/

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    1. She has a ton of images. Still up, I am adding some comments

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  14. This is the blog of Heather Prince:
    http://princessscrapperstamper.blogspot.co.uk/
    And very strangely she has a donate button on the top left hand of her page!

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    1. I tried to find the blog and it's been removed.

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  15. I was told once by one person that she would not remove the image until Pinterest told her to. I'm not sure they really care about our complaints. It looks like they have a special form that needs to be filled out by the owners. What would be good though is a place where all the "detectives" could post links to make things easier on the owners. This whole thing really frustrates me.

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  16. Seems Princess Heather blog is now gone.

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    1. Oh my, that is so interesting.

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    2. Well great, now if she would shut her pinterest down.

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  17. Debs when you click on the image and it enlarges you should be able to find a REPORT button to the right of the image

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  18. I am completely behind this cause 110+%. It is soooooo blimming frustrating that these 'thieves' be it knowingly or unknowingly (really tho??!!??) keep on thinking that this is okay to do!! How hard is it for them to understand copyright or even the whole point of 'watermarks' I'm sure these people wouldn't dare put one of their completed designs up for anyone to see without a watermark on it.
    If that isn't enough I'm now finding sellers on EBay that are selling 'stamped' (digi or physical stamps) image 'Toppers' that are either ready to be coloured in or already coloured. It's crazy that they think this is ok. It's mentioned time & time again that designs be it from stamps or cdroms etc can only be sold (if allowed by the individual company) if they are in a completed 'project' be it card design etc not the image design on its own !!! What is wrong with these people. Some are even selling both 'Toppers' & handmade cards!! Is it that they truly do not understand the simple policies of these Companies. I have come round to thinking that sad to say but most are aware of what they are doing but just don't care. It's so sad that these thieves really don't care about the Company, Artist they are stealing from & that they are destroying their livelihoods.

    I am & will continue to do my bit to try & stop this from happening, I'm sure that by us all doing what we can, we are sure to hopefully see these people stop what they are doing or at the least re-educate them on the copyright law & theft of Artists artwork/designs etc. I hope that there are people doing this that just don't get it & we can put right a wrong by informing them, but I have a feeling that the majority know exactly what they are doing...as mentioned in a previous post about a Pinterest user!

    I find it frustrating that this is going on so I can only begin to imagine how it feels for the Artists that are seeing their designs being stolen like this. I know I would be devastated if this was happening to my Crafty creations & that's not even a business but it would still be very upsetting.

    Let's keep up what were all doing & bit by bit we can hopefully put an end to this happening.
    Hugs
    Natalie
    x o x

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  19. Ooopps Sorry for the long comment, got bit carried away I think ☺ x o x

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    1. Don't mind the long comments, just nice to have someone who understands. When you sell all those images on pinterest you get disheartened and think nobody understands.

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  20. Cindi yes the forms have been getting filled out by the owners but Pinterest isnt moving very fast at all on these. I am hoping if they see so many people are aware of it being a copyright violation they will worry and move faster, and in the mean time I think the comments work well for the crafters. Those who don't know will learn something new and those who know what they are doing is wrong might possibly feel a little shame and remove the stuff. Thanks so much for your help!

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  21. Here is another from Pinterest with many different images:http://pinterest.com/kardiana/digi-stamps/

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  22. Hey,
    I went onto one of the craft websites that Tania gets some images from & they don't even have watermarks through the designs so its so easy for the likes of Tania to do this. I contacted the craft website by email explaining the situation & asked them to look on here & the FB page for further info. I have checked Tania's board today & it looks like she's added even more since I left a message yesterday evening & these new images are from another craft website that again isn't watermarking their images. It's gonna be a never ending cycle unless we can somehow get this importance of watermarks across to the Artists/Designers in the first instance then at least the companies that sell these designs have watermarked images to show. It feels as if we are banging our head on a brick wall ��. Ultimately I would imagine that it's down to them to ensure their designs are covered from copyright theft but at the same time the companies selling these designs must surely realise that these images they show can easily be 'copied', 'pinned' etc so they have to take a responsibility in this as well.
    I was wondering if there is a way that we can use the Stamp Out logo to add to people's Pinterest boards etc who are sharing designs illegally?? That way maybe it's gonna be more visual to others as well & may help to inform the person that could potentially think about repinning the image to change their mind??? Just an idea...if we could have a link to the full information on copyright laws etc then we could add the logo with a link that when clicked on by somebody would take thm to this information,??? I'm just trying to think of more 'shock tactics' that we could use but also so it's informing them & others about the impact of this.

    I def think tho that somehow we need to keep informing the Craft Websites etc to do their bit & ultimately the Artist/Designer & get them to ensure images are all watermarked at the start. Looks like its gonna be a long road ahead but with us all together I def think we can do something to at least put a dent in this & even re-educate people about copyright laws.

    Hugs
    Natalie
    X o x
    Btw, thank you Michelle for your message x

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  23. Mo, I have already asked to be removed from the list but still see it listed. I don't agree with the recent bullying tactics and can not support the group at this time. When it goes back to be about educating then let me know. Please remove me from the list without further delay. Regards, Barbara

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    1. You need to remove yourself, Barbara. And there have been and never will be "bullying tactics"

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    2. I would be happy to. Please grant me administration access to this blog so I can edit the sidebar and remove myself.

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    3. https://www.facebook.com/help/172944012764072/ :)

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    4. Mo. I've already removed myself from the FB group several days ago. It's this list on this blog that I need you to remove me from. I don't have administration access to remove myself otherwise I would have already done so. If you actually take a look at http://StmpOutStampTheft.blogspot.com on the sidebar you'll see that I am still listed. I'm sorry, I don't know how much clearer I can be and I don't understand the confusion or hesitation. Let me know if you would like me to give you a screen shot or anything else I can do to help. Sincerely and Regards.

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    5. ooooooHHHH, gotcha -- please email me at mo@mosdigitalpencil.com with the link you want removed and I will do so.

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  24. I reported the spanish sounding lady to Krista, because not only has she pinned virtually every SC digi ever created, they seem to originate directly from her and if you open them up you can see she has DELIBERATELY attempted to remove the watermark from the images. Across the eyes though you can still see the SC watermarking!

    Lin xx

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    1. Wow! That's bold to remove a watermark. I will report her, too. I can't believe people would stoop this low and think they can get away with it!

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    2. I saw those too. That is deliberate attempt to hurt someone's business in my opinion. Shameful.

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  25. You may be interested in Creators Against Pinterest:

    http://pinterest-out.blogspot.com

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  26. I have stopped reporting images to Pinterest. they really don't seem to care if the art is in copyright violation or not. one particular image I have reported 3 different times as well as had conversations with the pinner in the comment section (which is how I know it is still there) and Pinterest refuses to remove the image. it is one that has had the watermark removed illegally. of course the pinner seemed remorseful, but she never took it down and several days later was doing it again with images from same artist. :/ so very frustrating.

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  27. If you are the copyright holder for a 'pin' on pinterest, you are the only one to legally be allowed to request a removal. pinterest does not want copyright holders to assert their rights, so they make it unclear as to how removal of pins can be achieved. Here is a link to the DMCA form that is required to be filled out by the copyright holder.

    http://pinterest.com/about/copyright/dmca/

    It is a LEGAL document. Do not fill out this doc unless you are really the copyright holder for the pin you wish to have removed.
    It is a glitchy form that will cause you to pull your hair out if you have to fill it out often. When you click the boxes to grant 'strikes', it erases the checkmarks. Don't be discouraged. Keep at it.

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    1. thanks for posting this, Leslie. now I know to stop reporting pins. this sure does add a lot of extra work for the artists though. you have been very helpful.

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  28. Pinterest will not remove an image unless a DMCA form is filled out. It is their way of 'covering their own behind' legally. I'm not even sure why they have a 'report' button.

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  30. Ladies, this isn't your fight. It's up to the individual artist to have images removed that weren't pinned with their permission or were pinned without their watermark.
    I go to stamp shows all the time and believe me, the pinning on pinterest hasn't slowed the sales down at all. People are still buying. I have read your remarks on individual boards and you have become very aggressive and behave like bully's.
    Is copy right infringement a big problem, yes it is. But unless its your copy right, it's not up to you to belittle or bully others.

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  31. pfrench -- Without the help of our friends/fans and other artists who help alert us to our images being shared illegally, we copyright owners could not continue to license our work to crafters. We welcome any help we can get and do NOT consider it bullying to alert violators of their crimes. And YES -- it absolutely is a crafters' fight if they are a crafter upset because they have spent their own hard-earned money on stamps legally -- and now see those stamps being passed around freely by thoughtless (at best) Pinners.

    Intellectual copyright theft is a crime as much as any theft is. Unfortunately, (though the US copyright office is working on a way for us to file small claims lawsuits more easily) right now we can't call the police like a shop-owner who finds someone stealing lipsticks can . . . we need all the help we can get. So you can consider this a virtual mug shot -- with proof of crime, and our intent to deter others. If someone doesn't want their name in the papers, they should keep their noses clean.

    Finally, as you are someone who is a crafter not a stamp company -- and I AM a business owner/illustrator -- I'm telling you that your statement that "pinning has not slowed down sales at all" is completely inaccurate. Companies are going out of business because of this illegal sharing.

    This is not JUST Pinterest problem -- but Pinterest is easily the most visible to all. That people will blatantly disregard copyright law and publish a public board containing stolen images is incredibly disrespectful, selfish and greedy -- (never mind the legalities.)

    It would be smart if people could start policing themselves with regards to copyright theft before they get "outed" publicly.

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