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So, I was on good ol' FB checking things out when I noticed a new cake decorator in my area.  (Have to check out the new competition) so I wandered over to her page.  All but one of the pictures posted were all cakes I have seen..... on google searches!  All different sites.  SHE STOLE THE FREAKIN' pictures!! It was obvious that the cakes were not created by the same person because the hand piped message was different on the ones with writing.  As simple search of "Wedding cakes" and I found all three pictures she had posted on the first two pages that came up with google and a search of elmo cake and birthday cake brought up the rest. WOW!!

 

It gets better!

 

Someone called her on it! (eg. I am so confused.... I was googling to find ideas for cakes and found everyone of your cakes on different sites.... so either all these people are stealing your pictures or you are... <not word for word but you get the drift>)   very soon after that the pictures were all deleted and there was a posting saying that she had to remove them because someone was stealing her pics.  huh?!? The comment that was posted basically calling her out was deleted as well. 

 

Black and White Wedding Cakes

 

this is one of the cakes in question..... did you make this cake? 

 

Well, that's my vent for the evening.  Has anyone else seen this happening?

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kvand, it's not the first time this has happened and it will not be the last. There was a thread on it about a month ago and what to do it your cake pictures get stolen.  Good to see that someone called her on it.

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Can you post a link to the FB page, pls?  Or private message me with it??
 

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That is why you should watermark your pic's   www.ribbet.com
 

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I have a folder on my personal Facebook page that has pictures of cakes I love, and did not do, but I would never try to pass them off as mine! I see the lure that the Internet has on bakers just starting out, with a thin portfolio, they think 'i know i can make this cake, if given a chance' but I would never have the guts to say, "I made this cake," if it wasn't true. It is really sad!
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Someone in my town does it too . . .  they just posted a picture of a "breakfast cupcake" last week.  I was eating at a diner across the street when the photo came across my FB feed.  After breakfast I walked over to take a look, and the finished product and the photo bore no resemblance to each other.  The one in the photo was a hash brown cup, filled with scrambled eggs, a dollop of sour cream and some caviar on top.  I think one of her FB fans caught this, and asked "what is that red stuff on top" and the baker answered "salsa". :)  And the ones she made had no sour cream or "salsa" on top, and looked nothing like the photo.

 

Same baker does copyrighted cakes ALL the time, so she must not think there is anything wrong with grabbing a photo off the web and broadcasting it as her work.

 

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I haven't seen any decorator on my FB do this, but I've seen it done on websites and the like.  I've also seen people pad their portfolios with such photos.  They get hired and then are unable and utterly lost when it comes to executing anything in said portfolio.
 

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I haven't seen any decorator on my FB do this, but I've seen it done on websites and the like.  I've also seen people pad their portfolios with such photos.  They get hired and then are unable and utterly lost when it comes to executing anything in said portfolio.

That's why most interviews will ask the candidate to decorate a cake during the interview, to judge both efficiency and precision.

Regarding copyright infringement, here is some info on how to report it on FB. Note that you are only allowed to report infringement if your copyright is being violated, which is why it's important to notify the copyright owner (if you know who they are).
https://www.facebook.com/help/400287850027717/
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That's why most interviews will ask the candidate to decorate a cake during the interview, to judge both efficiency and precision.
 

 

The person who hired the decorator in question, shall we say, wasn't too swift when it came to realizing that there were certain prerequisites the decorator needed (it obviously wasn't the manager who did the hiring, otherwise this decorator would have never been hired in the first place).  The decorator lasted maybe a week.  I felt badly for her because she was THAT desperate for any kind of job; OTOH, she never should have been hired in the first place.
 

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Thanks for the responses everybody!  I have definitely taken away from this that I need to watermark my pics. It's really  sad that a person feels they need to do that.  If they don't have enough cakes to represent their work they should probably be working on building their portfolio (the legit way) like the rest of us before jumping into business after their first couple of cakes.  When I get to the point of hiring my first employee I will definitely be asking them to decorate a cake for me!

 

Annabakescakes - I love your work! I think it is totally one thing to put a folder on your PERSONAL page of Cake I'd LIKE to make.... but to set up a business page with nearly all photos of other people's work is so wrong.

 

I'd post a link to the page but she deleted all the pics so its really not anything worth looking at..lol.  The one remaining picture appears to be someone's wilton fondant class cake.  It's a great first try but the bow is floppy and the fondant is ripply... like I said... great for a first time but not sale-able quality.

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Thank you so much kvand! Like most others on here, it is truly my passion!
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There's no reason to put them on your personal page either....I am a big ole grouch about this! With the share option, or just plain old fashioned linking, there is no need to physically save the picture to your computer, give it a file name, and upload it. There isn't. It's just a slippery slope, and easily avoidable. Since I got my nice watermark/logo, I haven't found my pics anywhere they shouldn't be either.

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That's what Pinterest is for, saving photos of cakes you like!
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There's no reason to put them on your personal page either....I am a big ole grouch about this! With the share option, or just plain old fashioned linking, there is no need to physically save the picture to your computer, give it a file name, and upload it. There isn't. It's just a slippery slope, and easily avoidable. Since I got my nice watermark/logo, I haven't found my pics anywhere they shouldn't be either.

 

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That's what Pinterest is for, saving photos of cakes you like!

 

Gaw, I think it was about a year after I got my own computer, and when I first got Facebook. I didn't know a thing about linking, lol. And FYI, Pintrest is pretty new! lol. It has been at least 7 years, but how many times have you clicked a link you saved only to get a 404, or 401, error, or whatever? "This link does not exist" If you see something you really want to see again, they only way to guarantee it, is to save it on your computer.

 

And the folders are named "cool crafts" "cake inspiration" "architecture" (for when I build my dream house, LOL) "landscaping" "quotes" "books to read"  .....Slippery slope, my A--, I know darn good and well that is not my house, that is not my  yard, those are not my walls, furniture, or cake. As does anyone else who is a "saver". If a picture is posted as your own, you did that with purpose.

 

 And, when a picture is provided via attachment in email, it is impossible to link to it, unless you can find it online, or you post it somewhere. So, it goes in a folder, on my computer. Not Facebook.


Edited by Annabakescakes - 4/15/13 at 5:10pm
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how many times have you clicked a link you saved only to get a 404, or 401, error, or whatever? "This link does not exist" If you see something you really want to see again, they only way to guarantee it, is to save it on your computer.
If the image is no longer available, it means the copyright owner does not want it to be publicly available anymore, which is their right. Unless you have an explicit agreement or permission from the copyright owner you do not have the right to copy the image and publicly display the copy.
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I know darn good and well that is not my house, that is not my yard, those are not my walls, furniture, or cake.
The issue is not whether you think you own the copyright to the images you copy, it is whether visitors will think you own the copyright.
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