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post #1 of 30
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Hhmn, just saw another case for putting your names across your cake pictures folks, something I never have done, but then, who would want to steal, right, haha!
Those of you who are also on Tracy's Sweet Dreams message board will know what I am talking about. A picture was taken from her site and used on a commercial bakery site with no mention of credit to her and no link back to her site and without permission or approval.
I do not know this lady, but she is very well respected in this cake decorating community, so you can imagine how she feels.
I hope that all of the members from her site that are on this site take notice of this and lend their support to her, but that likely goes without saying.
It is so unethical to take credit for something that is not yours. Shocking really that a business would do such a thing.
Guess I should put my money where my mouth is and follow this advice and take the time to figure out how to label photographs. I just never really understood the need to, until now.
I hope that this is ok to post, I don't mean to cause trouble here, I am just totally shocked.
Hugs Squirrelly Cakes
post #2 of 30
Hey Squirrelly,

I think it is TOTALLY OK for you to Post about this. I feel like People need to know. I hate that someone was so underhanded to do that to Tracy.

1st Make a 2nd copy of your picture.
2nd~ Open it with your Paint or Photo Shop then there is a capital A on either side or the top click on it and then you click on your Picture and then Type Your name, but Usually you have to adjust your size,choose the font you like and the colors. its really easy after you play with it a bit.

Tc told me how to do it. Kudo's to TC~ icon_lol.gif

Hope this Helps!

~Sweet~ icon_rolleyes.gif
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post #3 of 30
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Thanks for posting those instructions kiddo. I had to send a C.C. buddy to the other site I am on, to an old post that Cali4Dawn had made, to get instructions.
I have never bothered to do this because it wouldn't bother me if someone took one of my pictures, at least, that is what I have always thought. Haha, easy to say because it hasn't happened to me. We often see cake pictures posted and folks have no idea who made the cake and they always say that they are sorry they couldn't credit the original designer. But to actually take a picture of someone else's cake and post it as your own, well that is something else.
I just hate it when people are so dishonest about things. This is out and out stealing, misrepresenting yourself, really bad behaviour.
Hugs Squirrelly Cakes
post #4 of 30
Anytime Squirrelly!
I am glad that I could help. I just hope it was enough help! haha,, & your so right it is so sad to see someone so Selfish to Steal from others. I am sure if credit would have been given where it was due people wouldn't mind letting folks use their pic's but only if Credit is across the Picture.. hahaha. =0)

~Sweet~=0)
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post #5 of 30
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Haha, exactly! It is really a shame that you have to go to these lengths to protect what is yours, geesh.
She did have her name across it, but in such a way that it was, I guess, easy to airbrush it out. So that is another lesson, put it right smack across the centre. Tracy had it on the cake side where it didn't disturb the photograph if removed.
Hugs Squirrelly
post #6 of 30
Well, I have some breaking news to offer on this topic. Kind of depressing, to me, that is. BUt my husband is a computer geek and he said that if someone really wanted to, they could take your name off of a picture and it would be like it was never there. I would imagine that someone would have to be really LOW to do that, but it sounds like someone was really low to take the picture in the first place. Geesh!!! You would think in this business, or hobby, that people would be honest and trustworthy. I guess there are bad people in everything. So sorry to hear that!!!

How nice of you Sweet to help Squirrelly out!! (Squirrelly, Sweet taught me how to do it too!!!)

Sorry to post this but just wanted you guys to know. I wonder if there is a way to "watermark" a picture and make it to where no one could remove it? I will have to ask my dh. I will let y'all know what I find out!

Leslie
post #7 of 30
Thanks Squirrelly for reminding us. I always think I have to do that with every picture but then forget because if I'm really happy with one of my cakes, I'm excited to share and end up forgetting. I can't imagine anyone stealing one of my cakes but none-the-less that is aweful that that even happens. (I guess I'm just way to honest and could never do such a thing)
post #8 of 30
I know when you're designing a website, there is a code you can use so people can't right-click on anything (which is how you save pictures). I used this before when people were stealing graphics from a website I used to have.
post #9 of 30
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Originally Posted by allysons

I know when you're designing a website, there is a code you can use so people can't right-click on anything (which is how you save pictures). I used this before when people were stealing graphics from a website I used to have.



You also have to prevent the user from doing a screen shot as well. Sometimes you can't right click, but it's just as easy to do a printscreen.
post #10 of 30
Hi Allysons!! I had to use the no right-click code when I was making and selling dolls on ebay. I had one gal who was stealing my pictures and using them on her doll auctions....aarrgghh!! icon_mad.gif She was such a pain to me that I finally contacted ebay and they took care of it....but I think the same thing that missmersh was talking about with the pictures....if someone really wants it to have your pictures....there is a way around the no right-click code. icon_mad.gificon_sad.gificon_cry.gif Some people!!...ugh!!

~Denise
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post #11 of 30
The very frightening thing is that people are so dishonest to their customers too-they make it look like they have done a certain cake and the customer expects it to look like that! At least if a customer looks at a book they know it's from a book and it will be very similar to it when they receive theirs. I have made a book of CAKE IDEAS MADE BY OTHER DECORATORS where I have pictures in them but they are not in my album of my accomplishments. There is a page as you open the book stating that "these pictures are of cakes made by other talented cake decorators to give you more ideas for your cake. These cakes have not been done by me" Then when I do the cake I take the original picture out and add my picture to my album. I know of a girl who cuts pictures out of Wilton books and puts them in her album along with her pictures-I can't do that....if they want to see my book I show them, if they want ideas they look at the idea book and my wilton books, etc. Some people are so insecure they want credit for everything.....it will explode on them one day when they can't "measure up" to the picture....sorry this is so long....
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post #12 of 30
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Originally Posted by missmersh

Well, I have some breaking news to offer on this topic. Kind of depressing, to me, that is. BUt my husband is a computer geek and he said that if someone really wanted to, they could take your name off of a picture and it would be like it was never there. I would imagine that someone would have to be really LOW to do that, but it sounds like someone was really low to take the picture in the first place. Geesh!!! You would think in this business, or hobby, that people would be honest and trustworthy. I guess there are bad people in everything. So sorry to hear that!!!

How nice of you Sweet to help Squirrelly out!! (Squirrelly, Sweet taught me how to do it too!!!)

Sorry to post this but just wanted you guys to know. I wonder if there is a way to "watermark" a picture and make it to where no one could remove it? I will have to ask my dh. I will let y'all know what I find out!

Leslie


Hi Leslie,
They actually did remove her name from the cake, she had it on the front cake side so as not to distort the picture. But they weren't smart enough to remove the time from the corner of the picture.
There are rules when you sign up with a Web site and one of them is that you don't take a creation and use it for your own, of course it is worded better than that, haha. You can actually tell something was removed because the area is blurred. So they knew what they were doing. To remove the name and show it as their own product is really low. And they are a commercial bakery.
Anyway, it is a good point for making sure that your label goes right across the picture.
I will be interested in hearing what your hubby has to say about any other technology.
I suppose what bothers me the most is on her site, where her pictures are, she asks that if her pictures are used that a link be made back to her site and this is only fair. She has a blurb about it not being nice to use her pictures without giving her credit.
It is one thing to say that you can create a cake like the one in the picture, designed and owned by...But to advertise it as one of your own, well that is so low.
She notified them in August about removing it and it is still there. They should have had the web designer available at least in a week, to remove it.
Some people just don't have any scruples at all.
Hugs Squirrelly Cakes
post #13 of 30
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Nanni,
You are doing it the right way!
Hugs Squirrelly
post #14 of 30
I actually went to work recently with someone that has a very extensive gallery of pictures on her web site that you can HONESTLY tell are not hers!

She hasn't even bothered to remove the person's name off the cakes!

I have SOME cakes that are NOT mine on my web page, since when I made my page,..as a matter of fact it's still under construction...I didn't have any pictures to post in THAT particular category..lol...


Buuuuuuut......I wrote something to the effect that although those cakes were not actually made by me we can make similar designs to accomodate the customer.

As soon as I can though...those pictures will be replaced with my OWN work..lol

So, I guess I am guilty of this myself! ouch!!!
post #15 of 30
I have made a few web sites.. { really easy ones..LOL } and this is the code to use if you want to post pics on your site and not let anyone right click on them to save them.

<SCRIPT language=JavaScript>
<!--
function click() {
if (event.button==2) {
alert('Thank you for your coming!!')
}
}
document.onmousedown=click
// -->
</SCRIPT>

It is a shame that people take other people photos and pass them off as their own.. I know a lot of people save pictures from the galleries in here but just for reference when they are making a cake etc.. I think most people are honest and wouldn't take credit for something they didn't do..It just takes a few rotten apples to spoil the bunch doesn't it.
Liz
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