Friday, January 9, 2009
No Copy Right
There is a website out there that started with an idea- let kids make pictures by collaging fashion items they found on the web into their own designs.
Unfortunately, it's an idea poorly imagined, managed and executed, since many members of this site take copyrighted images from artists and photographers, cut them up, then add and remove elements and use them to make their own pictures. This has many of my friends and artists I admire up in arms and understandably upset. Their work is not to be hacked up and displayed without permission, even if there is a link back to them.
The site owner, unfortunately, is documented as not having any control over the actions of it's members, which is like saying 'hey it's just my website, I can't do anything about that'.
The owner of the site knows their members can easily violate copyright laws, but choose to turn a blind eye and let the artists and their friends constantly police the site for stolen images, send cease and desist notices as well as upsetting the members of the site- many of them children and teenagers who don't know any better. It's time for the creator of this site to stop acting helpless and make their site so it doesn't encourage unlawful behavior by others.
If you want to read more here are some links:
Etsy forum discussion:
The blog of someone sorely wronged by this site.
Petition to shut down