Hey Design Bloggers: Knock it Off!
This will be short and sweet. If you’re a design blogger, particularly one who has monetized their blog with ads or e-commerce, and you have not asked me for permission to use my designs or my photographer’s images on your blog, just don’t.
I thought about outing the perpetrator of the above misuse of content, but to their credit, they immediately took down the image upon receiving the aforementioned email. I wonder if they would have if I hadn’t threatened legal action.
I know, I know: this is a big, hairy game of whack-a-mole. Our digital times make screen grabs all too easy. And I’m betting I haven’t even seen 80% of the violations. A quick Google search turns up several for which I was never contacted, including a bunch that are several years old that I’m just finding now. Like this one. Or this. Or this one, in which they completely lifted content from Houzz. I know and accept that Houzz syndicates their content, but this is not one of those instances.
So, let me go on the record publicly that this is not OK. It’s not OK for you to make money from my designs without compensation or previous written agreement. It’s not OK for you to hijack my brand in service to your own. I have a right to control where and how my business is marketed, not you.
Ignoring this admonishment is at your legal peril. You will receive, as the above web site did, a letter along the lines of this one:
Rant over. :-)