Bloggers and their failure to link back/ give credit to the designer of the spaces they use on their blogs. What's the deal?
There was a major blogger who was using a photo of space I designed in one of her latest posts. She gave credit to DecorPad for the image (and several others she used.) Not even a link to the direct picture...just the main DecorPad site. So, I nicely sent her this email ...
"Hi there. I'm Nichole Loiacono, owner and designer of one of the spaces you have featured in your (name of post) post. I actually own the rights to the pics and although I truly do appreciate you liking the space enough to feature it (truly) I do need you to either give credit and link back to my site or take it down. As a designer I'm sure you understand the need for crediting other designers work, it's something that is taken entirely too lightly in the blogging community. Thank you for understanding."
I wanted to keep it short and to the point, but tried to keep it from coming off as snotty. Not sure if I achieved that, but I tried. This is the response I got ...
"sure thing. will take it down now"
Instead of having a little integrity, and taking the time to rectify her snafu, which would be the right thing to do...she chose just to take it down. THIS AMAZED ME. She touts herself as a designer as well, so it's hard to understand how she can justify this loosy goosy approach to crediting the original source of the work she features (and may I add makes money from) on her blog. All I have to say is I hope someone else treats her, and her work, better than she treated me and mine (and countless others.)
Unfortunately, this is not an isolated incident, or something that is limited to her either. This happens waaaaay more often than you would know. I believe bloggers (large or small) have a responsibility to make sure the pics they are using (for their own gain,) of someone else's passion and hard work is credited properly. It's not always the easiest thing to do, as you have to track down the origin of the photo and sometimes that can turn into a wild goose chase. But, if you can't take the time to do that legwork, you don't deserve to use the pic anyway. It's lazy, and an unfortunate way to run a blog, especially one you profit from monetarily.
I feel this needs to be addressed more and more in the blogging community, especially with the wide usage of Pinterest, DecorPad, Houzz, etc. I'm not trying to gripe for the sake of griping. This has actually happened several times to me before, but this time, I'd had enough.
I'm kind of afraid to ask for fear of opening up the proverbial "can o' worms" as well as my fervent belief that I'm right...but, what do you all think? Do you have an opinion on the subject?