Be Original! STOP COPYING!

I created this image a few weeks ago, as I watched a very honorable and well-known artist/designer attacked and lambasted for standing up for herself and her company against copycats. I saw the whole thing unfold, from beginning to end. It was a smear campaign of epic proportions, and took place all over social media.

Click through to read more about this issue and why we all need to STOP it...



In truth, it was like watching a catfight on a junior high school playground - pointless and sickening. As they painted themselves the 'victims' and her 'the huge corporate entity' that was 'greedily taking hard-earned money out of their pockets', I found myself wondering how anyone could agree with them that stealing her ideas and creating and selling copies of her products was in ANY way ok. A lot of people did just that , spurred on by untruths, misdirection, and lies posted everywhere. I still can't answer that.

Truthfully, I could go on (and ON) about that particular scenario, but won't.

Suffice it to say that long-time readers of my blog KNOW my stance on this issue.
I've personally dealt with people copying my product designs, scraping the entire content of this blog to another site to make money on click-through ads, 'borrowing' my content and images for other retail blog posts... it's maddening. And I've talked a lot about it.

I have links below in this post that will help anyone who is dealing with online content theft - including links to other people's posts about the subject of creative and intellectual theft.

As part of several online groups of professional designers, artisans, and creative types, I hear about instances of copycatting and theft every.single.day. It can be disheartening... but we still have to fight it with all we are worth. We still have to stand up for ourselves and others, for our designs and creations, for our creative rights, and do all we can to stop the thieves and copycats. When we stand TOGETHER, we can accomplish more.

I encourage you to check out some of the links posted below to learn more.... and please share. We need to join together, get the word out, and let people know that this isn't right.













Along with that information, I offer the following links to more helpful online resources:

http://blog.2createawebsite.com/2012/06/25/google-authorship/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_camhttp://www.blogger.com/blogger.g?blogID=31674735#editor/target=post;postID=2368033798436917002paign=Feed%3A+2createawebsite+%282+Create+a+Website+Blog%29

http://www.problogger.net/archives/2012/09/07/how-to-hit-content-scrapers-where-it-hurts/

http://beyouroriginalbest.com/

http://counterfeitchic.com/

http://myows.com/

http://www.socialsignal.com/blog/rob-cottingham/bookmark-devil-readers-this-content-is-stolen-fair-use-versus-outright-theft#comment-3529

http://www.ipwatchdog.com/2009/07/06/sample-dmca-take-down-letter/id=4501/

http://creativecommons.org/dmca/

http://www.digitalriver.com/corporate/dmca.shtml

http://lorelle.wordpress.com/2006/04/10/what-do-you-do-when-someone-steals-your-content/

http://www.loriswebs.com/stop-stolen-content.html

http://www.htmlbasix.com/blockusers.shtml

http://www.techiecorner.com/95/block-ip-from-accessing-website-using-htaccess/

http://whois.domaintools.com/

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Digital_Millennium_Copyright_Act

http://labnol.blogspot.com/2007/09/dmca-notice-of-copyright-infringement.html

http://www.google.com/support/blogger/bin/answer.py?hl=en&answer=76316

and here's an interesting perspective....

http://www.apartmenttherapy.com/ny/dmca-take-down-notice-the-nytimes-goes-to-war-wants-to-shut-us-down-079672


DO feel free to share the image above/below, as well... 
I didn't watermark it with my name, but it is my creation. 
And I want it to be snapped up
and appear on blogs, facebook pages and pinterest boards EVERYWHERE! 

Copy it. I dare ya' ;0)

     Be creative. Be original. Be professional. Be YOU!

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"The thing is, retail design is driven by psychology. It is by manipulating space, visuals, lighting, sound, smell, and mood that we influence customers to enter, stay, browse, buy, and return. It is an endless exercise in change, endurance, growth, education, and imagination that enables retailers to stay on top of their game and at the forefront of their customer's minds. Yes, what you sell IS important - but even the very best merchandise won't sell at full price if it's presented in torn boxes on dirty shelves in a store that is too crowded to turn around in. Visual impact is a huge part of business, and utilizing the principles that have been proven to work can help you build a better business." ~ DWK