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post #31 of 182
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by indydebi

Quote:
Originally Posted by summernoelle

Melan, it's called moral relativism. They are saying that if they don't think it is wrong, then it isn't.



Oh, I like that one! I see that going on a LOT!!



Thank you, Sex and the City. icon_lol.gif Otherwise, I would not have know that term. How sad is that? icon_lol.gif
post #32 of 182
Hey guys. I thought i might help abit here. I am first a photographer and cake person second. If you took the picture it is your picture. UNLESS you gave her permission to use it or you are getting commissions of her using that image she can not by law use it without YOUR consent. What she is doing is against the law. She is taking big chances by doing this.
post #33 of 182
jennywaldon you took the words right out of my text. lol.. I took some photography classes and what Jenny said is correct. When you, yourself, take a photo it is automatically copyrighted. You do not have to file for a copyright on it. Hence, copying someone's photo and using it on your website is copyright infringement. If you research, you might can find a link on the goverment copyright where you can file a complaint with them. I filed a complaint against a credit card company once. It's worth checking into. I hope this helps.
post #34 of 182
jennywaldon you took the words right out of my text. lol.. I took some photography classes and what Jenny said is correct. When you, yourself, take a photo it is automatically copyrighted. You do not have to file for a copyright on it. Hence, copying someone's photo and using it on your website is copyright infringement. If you research, you might can find a link on the goverment copyright where you can file a complaint with them. I filed a complaint against a credit card company once. It's worth checking into. I hope this helps.
post #35 of 182
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Originally Posted by playingwithsugar

Unfortunately, it has now become dangerous, in a sense, to publish your work online, without risk of someone else taking it and using it elsewhere. Watermarks are being ignored, and right-click blocking can be bypassed.



This is exactly why I do not post pictures of my work any where for anyone on the internet. Been there, done that. My lawyer said he loved sending that letter and also included a bill for his services and they paid it with out blinking with a letter of apology enclosed.

After 20 years of being in this industry I have my photo portfolio in photograph version. Any customer wanting to see my work can see me in person. Anyone who claims they don't have the time and wants to see my work electronically is just out of luck.

I've been through photo theft like this before I refuse to go through it again... it's the "shame me once, shame on you but shame me twice shame on me" theory.

With that said I wish every photo thief out there clogged icing tips, burn outs on the motor of their Kitchen Aids and cake karma that bites them in more places then just their butt. icon_evil.gif
post #36 of 182
CarolynGwen

I agree with your choice to not publish your photos on the 'Net. If anyone looked at the dates on the last photos I entered here on CC, they would see that it is well over a year since I put anything on. And those flower projects were done in August and October of 2006, during classes I attended.

I do not sell cakes, and do not have the opportunity to do fancy cakes very often. I won't say that my work is worth stealing, but if someone is desperate enough, they will steal anybody's work and publish it as their own.

Theresa icon_smile.gif
post #37 of 182
Thread Starter 
I just wanted to check in and tell you guys that I have gotten SO many PMs saying "My cake is on there, I've asked them to remove it, and they aren't responding to emails, and it's still there".

Not only did they repost the photos, but they are ignoring the owners of the cakes and refusing to remove the pics when asked.

I have no interest in harming their business or trying to put them out of business, or whatever. I am happy for them to keep making cakes, BUT, I don't think they should do it with others pics! They need to act with morals!

Here is my moral dilemma:
Should I continue to keep this private? Advice would be great-I JUST DONT WANT THEM TO BE HARRASSED OR THREATENED IN ANY WAY. Basically what I said in my first post. But this battle is too big for one person.
post #38 of 182
I would like to see the site. I doubt any of pictures have been taken, but it would be nice to know. The last couple f these threads I saw that posted the site, it wasn't long before the site came down. I don't know if they were threatened or not but I think a flood of calls and emails might cause them to cease a desist.
Tastee Bakes

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Benjamin Franklin
Tastee Bakes

Speak ill of no man, but speak all the good you know of everybody
Benjamin Franklin
post #39 of 182
Ummmm, all anybody has to do is look at your other posts to find the original thread, and the website is still posted there.

I really think people should hammer their web host, since the thief has no morals at all. She is using stolen photos expressly against the photos' owners' permission on a COMMERCIAL, MONEY-MAKING website.

That is illegal as hell.
~ Sherri
~ Sherri
post #40 of 182
Is that that Betty person cake website ? icon_cool.gif
post #41 of 182
Thread Starter 
I know they can look at the other thread.
I also know that in all other cases the site came down right away. But these people went through that, the hounding, people being very mean, etc, and they kept them up anyway.
I really don't want to subject them to that, though.
Also, since I am no longer involved (my photos are down), I don't want to be the person responsible for opening those flood gates again.

Oh, and fondantgirl-no it's not Betty. This is a different one. There was two in about a week!
post #42 of 182
Just an idea - but does anyone out there have an attorney friend/family member willing to write a letter on behalf of all those whose pictures are posted? Maybe something "formal" will force them to take the pics down and not repost them.

If thats not possible I would repost that site - they did this to themselves! If they are big enough to post things that don't belong to them, they should be big enough to handle the consequences - whatever they may be!

I cannot believe that they are just ignoring requests by the photo owners!!
post #43 of 182
How do you find out who the host is?

The disclaimer that says not all cakes are "referred as our own" is not even in the gallery.

She clearly does not care that she is being deceitful, so I can only have so much sympathy. As in none.

First time around, not having a clue people might get mad - fine, understand, no problem. But to take them down - only to PUT THEM BACK UP AGAIN??? Sorry, deceitful and WRONG.
Laura
Laura
post #44 of 182
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Originally Posted by summernoelle

I also don't want to be the person responsible for opening those flood gates again.


You are not the person responsible for that. The person responsible is the person who is using photos that are not their work and displaying them on their website without crediting the person who actually made the cake. The person responsible is the person who put those pictures right back up after they were told it was wrong and illegal to do so. The person responsible is the person who refuses to acknowledge what she's done and who is apparently ignoring these folks who are contacting her.

No, darlin' .... YOU'RE not the person responsible.
post #45 of 182
Wow...There are a lot of CC cakes on there. It is a shame. Now I know the person is reading this, so I am going to suggest something. Go ahead and invest in some cake dummies and decorate those to help boost your amount of photos you can show potential clients. You can even copy designs here and do your own. No one (some) get upset over that.
P.S. How come no one steals my pictures? ...Just joking.
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