8/13/2012

Enough is Enough


 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?

 


17 comments:

Anonymous said...

I think you are generous to allow others to post your work and I think linking back is the least anybody could do and a perfectly reasonable request. Wouldn't have hurt her any to link back to you -- unless she felt she shouldn't be promoting the competition? (ridiculous) I think you are well within your rights to talk about who it was on your site, as well as to post the photo in question.

Ashley said...

I'm going to echo the sentiment of "Anonymous" and say that it is generous of you or any creative professional to share your work on the internet though the risk of having your work uncredited seems to be a real one. I think the blogger in question overreacted (because she knew she was in the wrong, perhaps?).

You are right to acknowledge that it's getting harder to properly credit the source of images since the proliferation of Pinterest and the other sites you mentioned...but that doesn't mean we shouldn't try.

Just like any good college student is taught to cite, cite, cite others' intellectual property, so should bloggers.

StagerLinda said...

Good for you, standing up for yourself. Like before stated, sometimes it is hard to give credit where credit is due. Maybe watermark your photos? I understand your feelings over this incident.

Nichole Loiacono said...



I've thought of the watermarking idea, however, I have things that have (and will be) published. Watermarking those is obviously, not an option. I understand that just by having my stuff out there, that that is just how things are, BUT, there there are track-back, and sourcing sites that make it MUCH easier to find the origin of a photo nowadays. Even with Pinterest and all the others. I use the sourcing apps all the time!

Rachel Smith said...

Nicole, I couldn't agree with you more. Sometimes this blogging "community" doesn't really seem like a community because people get so snooty and stuck up. Just like with the Glitter Guide feature...I applaud you for standing up for yourself. I love your blog and your work. Keep doing what you are doing. This person was more than likely jealous of your talents.

Sorry it happened however I am sure it upset you.

Lisa @ Trapped In North Jersey said...

agreed! As a former attorney who spent a lot of time checking sources in my former career, I find this so incredibly sloppy and rude. A number of bloggers with large followings do this, or they say "all pictures from my pinterest" with a link to their pinterest account with over 5000 pins, but not the specific pictures, and you are supposed to dig around for them. I can't imagine they wouldn't be upset if someone posted their work without attribution, yet its fine for them to do it to others.

I have generally stopped posting inspiration pictures, even ones I can properly credit back to the source, for fear of copyright issues.

LH said...

Since you're addressing intellectual property and credit, I think it's also good to toss in a word about artists. I see so many design blogs (not yours) that do or recommend printing off an image they like to frame and put up, without any consideration for the artist who photographed or created the image. Sure, it can save you money to "just print a copy" from an image seen online, but an artist worked hard to create that and it's his or her livelihood. It really burns me when I see them do that and then have the piece professionally framed. Hello! If you can afford to professionally frame, you can afford to buy the print or original.

One thing I appreciate about your blog is that you actually do feature artists and art that you've purchased.

Tobe | Because It's Awesome said...

why does this keep happening to you?!?!!? sorry to hear that she didn't just credit appropriately instead of taking the image down. unfortunately, some aren't open to criticism...kudos to you for saying something! easier said than done. ox

Christina said...

It's a pet peeve of mine too. (Not that it happens to me--I'm too little.) :)
There was a blogger who was (very politely) called out on this in her comments section. Her response was that it was just the name of the game these days, and she doesn't mind when people do it to her. That made me kind of lose interest in her blog even though it was the first one I ever read and still one of my favorites.

Anyway...you said sourcing apps? Seriously? I had no idea they existed! That will save me a lot of time.

Anika of Dogs, Dishes, and Decor said...

This is shockingly irresponsible and inconsiderate behavior for a blogger.

It's not hard to add a link for photo credit -- or FIX a link when the real source is identified.

I found your blog through a Pin on Pinterest, and when I wrote a post inspired by one of your DIY projects, I linked to your original blog post because it's the right thing to do. The project wasn't my idea in the first place, and I was honest about it.

I have stopped following Pinners if they frequently pin things without links to original sources.

bonincontrus said...

While I can understand the sentiment, if I got that email I would think it was coming off as a little snotty just because you added the "or take it down." bit.
That really could have been left off. Frankly, I would have done the exact same thing in removing it all together. This is a right way (asking her to credit it back to you) and a rude way (or else take it down) way to do things. I adore your site, and I love your work but sorry, you did come off as snotty especially since she did make the effort to credit it even if it was wrong. Obviously she wasn't trying to be malicious.

As an aside, I have noticed on more than one occasion you using photos or materials that are missing credits. No one is imperfect.

The fact that you are upset of her taking a choice you assume your offered kindly should be a big clue that it would come off as offensive. Remember you are the one that gave that ultimatum "do it my way or not at all" so it is really silly that you are upset that she chose the not at all.

Anonymous said...

A thief is a thief - you should out her.

Anonymous said...

Fair play and I 100% support your plight...I find so many "popular" blogs have now fallen into this lazy tactic as they are so busy doing the sponsored this and that and book deals that they have lost the original magic...at least there should be some respect for the community...but unless it's regulated unfortunately the climbers will rule...

Nichole Loiacono said...

bonincontrus-

Although I do appreciate your opinion and the time you took to leave a comment. I do disagree with you.

The take it down part is just kinda a given within the blog world, especially when copyrights are involved. I DO agree with you though, that I did make that an option for her, and so I can't really blame her entirely for doing it. Although, it was definitely not the high road on her part.

I do not agree with you, she did NOT try and credit ANY of the photos, not really. It was a lazy way to APPEAR she was crediting, which is par for the course with her.

ALSO...

As far as MY crediting "issues," I have to disagree with you whole-heartedly. The ONLY time and I do mean ONLY time I don't credit is when I have exhausted all avenues and come up with nothing, at which time I typically put a "?" next to the link at the bottom indicating, if someone else knows PLEASE let me know, and I will fix it IMMEDIATELY!

As far as "Do it my way or not at all," when they are using things that literally (copyright) belong to you, and are making money on it, the "my way or not at all" is completely reasonable.

Thanks.

Sarah said...

It certainly happens to us all, big and small bloggers alike. I think it's nothing more than the purest form of laziness and your situation is textbook format for that. Hang in there, continue to do the right thing, and you'll be successful because of it.

xx-
sarah
workdayweekend

celine [starbies and sangrias] said...

Nichole, thank you for this post. I am (was) one of those lazy assholes that would cite pinterest, houzz, etc. And I'm so glad I read this because I realize I would never be this nonchalant about citing references in writing a paper, etc. I promise to not do this anymore. :) Thanks again. xoxo

Anonymous said...

You must be talking about the Decorista, who only blogs photos of others peoples work and never gives proper credit.

She also say's she is a designer, but has yet to design one space.

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