Our problem? A small HANDFUL of very loud people - all "connected" to each other, keep trying to shout over Stamp Out's message about copyright violations and thefts. Their strategy is to spew hate to try to distract the conversation.
Why? To distract people from the issue, because it hits too close to home. This is the same handful of people every time. You'll see their names over and over again in the comments whenever Stamp Out is trying to have an important conversation about ethics and law for artists. So keep your tally sheet out.
In this particular case, it's Kim, who appears to have a good reason for trying to distract us. She sells digital stamps with the "Scrapbook Stamp Society" -- stamps like this:
This penguin photo belongs to Capitol Pictures and its copyright restrictions are very clearly written HERE. You would think that Kim would understand copyright restrictions, because she has written a bunch of them under "her" penguin stamp.
So let's try to keep the conversation on track. This discussion needs to be OBJECTIVE. It's easy to just let the pictures do the talking. And it's useless to argue with the people who are trying to distract us from their own violations, and the violations of their friends.
Parties interested in copyright might like to look at the rest of the images in Kim Gwin's shop and see which ones might be based on copyrighted work. If you find any you think are suspicious, email the original owner if you can to report the possible violation.
Here's a list of the top 10 reverse image search engines to help concerned artists and crafters find original source images and report violations -- let's help stamp out the "hate talk" and stick to the issue.