I am Mad as Hell and I’m Not Going to Take it Anymore!


Mad?  Oh yes I am and beyond any words that I can express here.  Discouraged?  Totally of people’s lack of moral judgement, inner-compass of values and code of conduct.  Disappointed?  Yes – I’m totally disappointed, that there are people out there who think they can take what is not theirs and what?  Make money?  Or draw traffic to their website?   Why all in the name of getting known?  No it’s more than that . . .

I’m calling you out right here and now:

http://www.imgarcade.com

http://www.garmin.com.co

Last week completely by chance I discovered that these two sites/companies confiscated images of several of my paintings and have placed their identity as the authors of my work.  Are you serious?!  Doing a search on Google, Dogpile, Yahoo, etc. of “oil pastel seascapes” I found several of my paintings with these two companies as the owner – OH NO YOU DON’T! 

I found that most of my seascape paintings had my information on them (www.oilpastelsbymary.com), but several had the above-mentioned companies as the authors on the image when you slide your mouse over the picture.  So far four of my seascape paintings have had my information wiped off w/theirs inserted, four that I know of . . . I’m just starting to do my research.

Here’s one of the paintings they swiped and replaced my information with theirs.  Do you recognize it?

Washing Ashore

Washing Ashore

Yeah, it’s my blog logo called Washing Ashore that I painted January, 2012.  In fact the painting is hanging on a wall in my studio.  This piece took me 24 hours of actual painting time to create, it was my third or fourth seascape and YOU HAVE CLAIMED IT AS YOURS – are you serious?  You have to be kidding!

If you look to the right of my blog, you’ll see my copyright disclaimer – is there something here you don’t understand?   How are you using my images?  For advertising, some type of profit-making scheme, to draw traffic?  Why not contact me and ask for permission?  Why not .  .  .

Before you click and copy/save, consider this – I make notes and take photographs during every painting session, from the initial sketch to my final painting.  Every painting has at least 5 or 6 photographs of different stages of development.  Every step is documented.  Do you really want to have a go at it?  Because I will not disappoint.

Here is my promise to you, I am going to do a deep-dive internet search on every single painting that I have ever painted – I have a lot of tenacity and perseverance!  I will find each painting you have taken as your own and WE ARE GOING TO SETTLE THIS practice of yours.  So, I’m going to spend a lot of time, but I’ll do the searches necessary on all 200+ paintings – to find every piece you have claimed as yours.  It’s the principle of the matter.

To those reading this post.  Do you create (art, photography, sculpture, write [stories, poems])?  If you do, take heed – people are trolling to take yours!  Something that you have spent time, energy, and sometimes your soul to create.  Pay attention – is someone taking your work without your knowledge?

This has to stop, come on people .  .  .  stop for one silly minute before you click and take, you don’t have the moral right to someone else’ property.   I’m not asking you for anything, except for you to stop this practice AND I promise you this, correct the situation and I’ll give you credit .  .  .  how’s that?  Do we have a deal?

I’m publicly calling you out  .  .  .  . STOP TAKING WHAT’S NOT YOURS.

To everyone reading this post, please reblog, pass on, and if you would, send it to your other creative friends – to social media of all kinds – wordpress, facebook, tumblr, twitter, etc.  As a collective community lets reverse the pressure and put it right where it belongs.

It’s just so darn disappointing ~ now I ask myself,

what’s the point of posting my art?

UPDATE:  What I’m discovering is that search terms (waves, ocean, seascapes, oil pastel, etc.) yield different results on different search engines.  Sometimes the images come up with my information and sometimes the same image comes up with  one of the names mentioned above (and also I’m finding new names under my images as well), again it all depends on the search terms.  I’m working through 25+ pages of image searches on a variety of search engines.

I’ll post my findings later this week.  Thanks for checking in.

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208 Responses to I am Mad as Hell and I’m Not Going to Take it Anymore!

  1. Susan Scott says:

    BEYOND appalling. I am so sorry that this happened … have Fb’t it, twitter etc. Good warnings there …

    • Mary says:

      Thank you very much Susan, I really your comment and action! Don’t you think it’s time we are able to control this rather than the other way around? The internet community is wide and strong, given the chance – I think our voices are going to be heard. Thank you ~

  2. dweezer19 says:

    I wish you had a g+button.

  3. Bill Hayes says:

    This website could be a scamer’s site: see here
    http://www.scamadviser.com/check-website/imgarcade.com
    The site went up 3rd February 2014 and is only registered for a year in Panama City but it seems the site itself is in the Netherlands. It is hosted by http://www.snel.com

    Next February the domain name becomes vacant. You could try buying it before they re-register it.

    The more this blog is re-blogged, the higher the site’s Google ranking will be and if that is associated with wrong doing, then they are going to get found out pretty soon.

    Go get the them!

    • Mary says:

      Hi Bill, nice to meet you. Wow this was very helpful and over the next week I’ll be actively working on each instance and posting an update here. Thank you so much for your information, it’s very helpful and who knows I might just do that! Wish me luck, I aim to get the public informed so people who make their living through art (whatever form their art takes) is aware and can easily manage having their work stolen.

  4. rixlibris says:

    I spent many years in day care photography. Our practice was to bring complete finished packages into the schools, allow the parents to take them home for consideration and return those not wanted along with payment for the ‘keepers’. After the advent of the digital age our returns began to increase and the sales drop. The light came on when servicing a school located near to several upper middle-income gated communities southwest of Houston. One returned package contained a lovely note explaining that they really liked the portraits of their child but would not be purchasing any at that time. While inventorying the package I found that a sheet of wallets was printed on a paper different from ours. The parent had scanned the portraits, printed their own and returned mine. I can only surmise that they didn’t consider this to be theft since they were returning the ‘product’ and keeping only that which they had created with their own equipment, paper and ink. Needless to say, we switched to providing only low resolution proofs from that point forward. I am constantly amazed at how low the threshold of theft is for some folks.

    • Mary says:

      Thanks so much and nice to meet you. I can totally understand the circumstances of your story that left you holding an empty bag – doesn’t surprise me, but great finish in how you dealt with it. In some respects I don’t think people realize what they are doing is wrong, crazy as it may sound – perhaps more stories and articles like what has been posted here need to get out in the public more so we can collectively start educating the public what’s acceptable internet behavior.

  5. ladyfi says:

    Oh no – that’s awful!

  6. gwynnrogers says:

    Sadly, thievery is common with social media. The more public we make our lives, the more open we are to these jerks that steal. My heart goes out to you. Heck, look at all the spammers we even have to deal with on our blogs.

    • Mary says:

      Thanks Gwynn, nice to meet you and thanks very much for your thoughts. I doubt we’ll ever get people to stop grabbing, but maybe we’ll put a small dent into the situation.

  7. Mary, this is outrageous. Theives abound in all areas, and I am so sorry you are a victim of them.. Please prosecute them if you can. I am reblogging your post on my blog. This immoral practice has to stop. Thank you for making everyone aware of the dangers.

    • Mary says:

      This means a lot, thank you very much for your thoughts and comments. I’m only in the early stages, but have completed my search (I think) and have found 24 instances on 10 websites and numerous pinterest pins – we’ll address each one, but it’s going to take time. Thank you for reblogging. I don’t think this will ever stop, but maybe we can get people to consider before they act and not take.

  8. Reblogged this on The English Professor at Large and commented:
    This is an outrageous practice of thievery. Please, be aware and follow Mary’s blog: Oil Pastels by Mary to keep abreast of the situation that might concern you.

  9. I am truly sorry to read this post and can only understand how you must feel. Our modern tools and virtual life are wonderful but come with these challenges. Dishonest people remain dishonest and it is so much easier to steal than create. I always feared that visual artists will see this kind of awful behavior. I hope you’ll be able to stop the mess. Good to see the support you are getting.

    • Mary says:

      Thanks Evelyne for your thoughts and support. I’m afraid it’s visual artists, photographers and writers alike that need to pay attention to their work – amazing how many people that have responded with situations. I’m hoping to clear up what has already occurred with my work. Thanks again!

  10. Absolutely appalling! The one thing that we can do, and I’ve been wrestling with it, is to do what the stock photographers do and stamp a low opacity photoshopped icon over each published image. I’d hate to resort to that but it may become necessary. I’m living in the dark, in that I don’t know that any of my images have been pirated. But Mary, when/if I find out they they have been stolen, the icon will appear. As much as I’d hate to see an icon mar your beautiful work, It might be the only protective thing you can do. So, so very sorry, Mary. I’m furious for you.

    • Mary says:

      Hi Elena, your work is exceptional and would deserve a search to see if they are out on the internet some place else. 24 of my images are at 10 places that I know of, too numerous to count Pinterests accounts – I think I’ve found them all. Now I have to deal with this, which I’ll do – each occurrence. I’m going to do a follow-up post on this with my results, how to do searches and some other considerations. I’m leaning toward putting an icon all my paintings that I post and currently have in my gallery – will take some time, but worth it over the long run. Thanks for commenting and appreciate your encouraging support, means a lot.

      • Mary, you’ve been on my mind since this post. You inspired me to do a reverse image look up. I hadn’t known there was such a thing! I’ve only begun, but I wanted to thank you for this great post. I’m still furious for you.

        • Mary says:

          I was just running out the door but wanted to quickly reply. When you do the reverse image look up you might get 4 or 5, maybe more pages – go through all of them. The deeper I went, the more I found (many Pinerest pins too). Good luck and best wishes that your luck is better than mine. My husband and I will be discussing this weekend on how best to proceed. Thank you so much – means a lot.

  11. Inese Poga Art Gallery says:

    I am sorry to find out you experienced this situation! The same thing happened to me earlier this year. Even though, I had watermarks and signatures on these paintings, these were just taken out and somebody had put their signature on my paintings. I have found my paintings for sale by somebody else some 3 times. It’s tough, because there are lots of people who do not want to work, but only take credits. You will probably have to place more or larger watermarks on paintings and their images. This does not look good, but that’s all one can do.

    • Mary says:

      Oh my seriously, they are even selling the pieces – it’s pretty outrageous. Thanks Inese for your thoughts and suggestions, I’m working through this.

  12. Hi Mary

    I found a nearly a whole book of mine on an obscure new age website. This man had attributed the poems to his wife, had even written spurious notes. I don’t know who was to blame, him or his wife, who may have deluded him. Luckily the poems were from a book published long before the website was set up, so I managed to get them taken down, though not without some unpleasantness. I have also had people put poems in anthologies without payment or permission. I have also had a whole picture story plagiarised in manuscipt, the illustrated text disappeared at an international book fair that the plagiariser attended; but I couldn’t do anything about this, though I know it full well it was plagiarised, both in imagery and words. I was so upset about this latter event that I didn’t do any work of that nature for several years – I was just totally disgusted with the whole thing, so I do know how you feel. But keep searching, and also look on it as a kind of compliment. Good luck with your searches. Love the painting, but the way. Obviously someone else liked it as well!

    • Mary says:

      Thanks Cara – wow what a history that you’ve had to deal with, I can understand how you’d walk away for a while. I’m pretty much done with my search, at least for now. I’ve found some 24 images on 10 different sites and numerous pinterests, and someone with a wordpress blog is using one of my sunsets in a post. It’s going to take a while to get this straightened out, but I plan to address each of the instances I’ve found. Thank you for your encouragement, means a lot.

  13. THIS IS JUST OUT RIGHT WRONG!!!!!!!!!!

  14. What happened to you is very sad and you have all the reasons to be furious. Unfortunately I think it is a sign of the times we are living in, the concept of “respect” is getting rare. I hope you manage to find a solution for this.
    robert

  15. Maria says:

    It must be very disapointing! Thanks for sharing the information and warning us! I feel really sad knowing that people do this kind of things…

  16. aFrankAngle says:

    Well stated … and good luck with your searching … and sorry that this task is taking time away from what you truly love doing.

    • Mary says:

      Thanks Frank, about 7 hours into my process and have found 24 images on other sites. Onto contacting these folks. Thanks and I really do want to get back to painting.

  17. restlessjo says:

    Just evil, Mary! Such a gentle person but I can fully understand your outrage. It’s not the first instance I have come across online either, sadly.

  18. Don says:

    It’s desperately sad, Mary. But you certainly sound all fired up and ready to deal with with. Hope you have some real constructive and firm engagements with those responsible. Beginning to wonder about some of my images now.

    • Mary says:

      Hi Don, thank you – hope my energy holds out and I don’t just back away from dealing with this. It makes a difference to all of us. Seven hours and found 24 images on other sites. Will be doing an updated post later this week. I think it would serve you to check into your images.

  19. ĽAdelaide says:

    Mary, I know how violated you feel. I’ve been thru this too. Only post low-res pics that cannot be duplicated. And check that your media library on WP has small photos, if not, edit it down to below 800 px. Don’t forget to save. It’s easy to forget that stupid little refresh button when you’re done.

    I deleted my other blog and spent weeks on cwp, editing or deleting. But in the end, sadly, there are those who know no decency or bounds. And it is a fight we all must take up! So go girl! You’ll end up the victor but also perhaps as cynical as I’ve become after 7 years of blogging. xxx

    • Mary says:

      Thank you Linda, glad to hear from you but disheartened that you too have had to deal with this. I’m going to have to check my size, another process that’s going to take a good amount of time. I’ll be posting an update, about 24 images are on other sites that I have to address. Perhaps I shouldn’t keep a gallery portfolio of my paintings? Need to think about this. Seven year? Yes, I would probably become cynical too.

  20. tomsimard says:

    Very sad to read this, Mary.
    I hope you get this sorted out soon.

  21. ashokbhatia says:

    Wish you the very best, Mary.

  22. dorannrule says:

    This is horrible Mary. I hope you will get to the bottom of it. And I have a hunch the perpetrators will be flinching when you get through with your research!

  23. Anonymous says:

    This is really horrible Mary. I hope you can get to the bottom of it. I have a hunch the perpetrators will be flinching when you get through with your research.

  24. Mona says:

    I’m so sorry Mary. Once one enters this rabbit hole you can potentially turn it into a part time job searching all the infringement. Good luck and keep us posted on.

    This kinda thing is why I started watermarking my images but truthfully I haven’t done an image search to see how that is working out for me.

    • Mary says:

      You are one to know Mona, thanks for commenting. I’m in the middle of the process have found 24 images out there on others’ sites, now onto the fun part (not). Will be posting my results.

  25. I know how you feel Mary! It happened to me as well! Stealing my designs and have them posted! I contacted Google, gave them the web addresses and they closed down the sites, was a few years ago so I don’t know how they proceed now but you always have to look and search the Internet to see if you find something suspicious, I do that on a regular basis. I tried to use watermarks but it spoiled the whole design so I got other tricks where only I know how and where to look for! It’s sad and frustrating but for now not much is out there to stop this terrible theft! Hopefully you will find a way to get your rights back, my thoughts are with you on that!

    • Mary says:

      Hi Eva, thanks very much. Nice to hear that someone had success dealing with Google and the perpetrators. I’ve found 24 images on other sites and will start the process of contacting them and Google. I’m going to do an update posting to publish my results. Thanks for the encouragement.

  26. Millie Ho says:

    This is terrible, Mary, but something that happens all too often. Your work is yours alone, and only you hold the right to distribute it. Have you used https://www.tineye.com/? It allows you to reverse search images, so it might make the deep-dive searching easier. Let me know what I can do to help! All the best during this difficult time.

  27. I’m so sorry, Mary. It’s just hard to believe that people will do things like that. Blessings, Natalie 🙂

  28. Mary, I don’t blame you for being mad. Stealing art is a very low thing to do, and I’m sorry that it happened to your beautiful work. I’ve heard of books being stolen too.

    Blessings ~ Wendy ❀

  29. Wish you well I guess I should search as well since I am on WordPress too though I do not know how so check 😦

  30. Leanne Cole says:

    This is outrageous Mary, I have you are able to resolve it. I think it is terrible when people think things are just free for the taking.

    • Mary says:

      Thanks Leanne! It’s really too bad, right? Six or Seven hours into this, but enough information that I can move forward. I’ll be doing a subsequent post to talk about findings. Have you had to deal with this issue yet?

      • Leanne Cole says:

        No, I haven’t, every now and then I check images, but so far I’ve never found them anywhere where they shouldn’t be. I am not sure what I would do if I did find them.
        It is shocking, and I think you have every right to be mad, or angry, and I hope you get them. Are you sending them an invoice?

  31. M-R says:

    http://thirtysevenandcounting.wordpress.com/2014/08/14/explanation/
    Read this, talented Mary – it will make you feel a teeny bit better … although Lindy isn’t someone whose living is art …

  32. porcodioart says:

    Gorgeous work. That wave is something else : )

  33. Gallivanta says:

    It is maddening! I suppose some of the sites will remove the images if asked. But they shouldn’t be doing it in the first place. I have no idea if any of my stuff is being copied and misused. I always put a copyright tag and a copyright notice on each post I put together. Probably makes no difference. 😦

    • Mary says:

      Thanks Gallivanta – unfortunately people don’t really read the warning about copyright. So we are left to our own devices to research and find out what’s going on with our work. I’ll be posting an updated post with my findings.

  34. Mary … I don’t blame you for being upset and wanting to stop these thieves. The theft of any creative work is deplorable. It’s your idea, your execution. I do hope that you get this resolved soon.

  35. you might find some useful info here.. he is tireless in research y sharing actual cases…

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  36. i am so glad that i am at a cybercafe and was able to load and read the entire post.  i suspected what it was about when i scanned the inbox and saw this title.

    go get em!    check pinterest too, and that is why i dislike pinterest, because people innocently showcase your image and then someone else right clicks it and it is out of your control so fast….

    if they were selling your image than you can really really sue for infringement and bust them big time… it is a huge sin to make money from someone elses work especially when you have deliberately removed the copyright-data…

    gotta get home before dark but will be back online wed night from my favorite little hostal in town.   

    z

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    • Mary says:

      Thanks Z! Once again we are dealing with the situation, does it not amaze you? Anyways I’ve found 24 of my images out on others’ sites (10 more sites than what’s mentioned above, and yes, Pintrest was one of them). Now I’m just starting to contact them for removable. I’ll be posting an update soon of my results and how to do searches to find images as well. This takes up a whole lot of time doesn’t it – could of had my painting done, but it is that important to get on with it and deal with the situation.

      • every so often i see an image and think, ‘this really wasn’t about lisa.. this post was about ….’ and it was written to help someone else, and i think, ‘it isnot worth the battle…’

        sometimes it is someone very innocent who does not understand a creative person’s need to stay on top of awol images and corral them back home…. it is tiring, isn’t it?

        with horrid internet, i cannot even keep up with answering emails and comments, and i don’t have time or connection to explore infringement leads…

  37. Painting for Joy says:

    Reblogged this on Painting for Joy and commented:
    Please stop stealing our hard earned artwork!!!

  38. Painting for Joy says:

    This is disgusting!! I wish they would make the right click menu unavailable. You must put a watermark on all art posted online. That way if you find the image elsewhere and your watermark has been removed you can prove they are negligent for tampering with your image. I am seriously considering making mine huge across the images even though it will take away from the look of the image. But they leave us no choice!!

    I looked at the image on imgarcade.com and it does say Oil pastels by Mary below the image, but it still doesn’t excuse the fact that they didn’t ask your permission. The same thing happened to me a few years ago when I was doing watercolors and a blogger stole my image and used it to illustrate his blog post. I called him out on it on the comment section and he never did it again. I don’t know what we can do about this, but you can certainly threaten them with a copyright lawsuit.

    I will reblog this post on my blog Mary and tweet about it as well. I wonder if we artists online could somehow band together and make some loud noises – maybe get a petition going to send to these people to stop stealing images. Maybe if we send them a long enough list they will get the hint?

    • Mary says:

      Thanks very much Rhonda and really appreciate your comments – very sorry you’ve had to deal with the same issue, just glad you were able to resolve it. It’s frustrating and a complete waste of time having to deal with this. 24 of my images are on others’ sites – 10 additional sites besides the ones already mentioned, now I’m at the stage of contacting them. I’ll be posting an update with results and information on how to do a search. You have a good idea about artists banding together to deal with the situation, I did find a site that rats them out publicly that was started in 2012 – it’s a long listing and incredible detailed account of occurrences. Thanks again!

      • Painting for Joy says:

        I just can’t stand this kind of stuff. Do you think a strongly worded letter from a lawyer emailed to the sites might help? All this hacking and stealing makes me want to not be on the internet, but I wouldn’t be able to try and sell my work otherwise; so this is a serious dilemma. Maybe we can put up a post an invite discussion and have a sort of forum to brainstorm ideas?

  39. What kind of no-brain, lowlife worms have to crawl so low? This totally pisses me off! I went to these two sites to check them out. The first one does have a “contact us” page where you can tell them they have infringed copyright and have your stuff removed. They seem the kind of dim bulbs that just collect everything from everywhere The second site was all in Spanish and selling mostly gadgets. There’s a boating scene where the ocean background looks suspiciously like one of your paintings…maybe they downloaded it from the first site, figuring it was free, and in the public domain.It’s the old story of parasites sucking the lifeblood of others.
    I truly understand your rage, and need for vindication. But if you take too much time sparring with vermin, you’ll have no energy left to do what is more important: paint oil pastels. Maybe you need to re-think how and what you freely share. I can’t help on that score, but my thoughts, love and encouragement are with you, as I’m sure are those of many here in blogsville.

    • Mary says:

      Hi Cynthia – thanks so much for your incredible support and encouragement. I’ve been to these two sites and will be contacting them later this week. I’ve found 24 of my images on others’ sites (the two mentioned above, plus 10 other sites). So I’ll be positing an update on what I’ve found, the results and how to do searches. Seven hours into the process, I’d have my painting completed by now, urghhh! Yes, I’m giving some thought on what I’ll share going forward – really not sure how to mentally resolve what I should do vs. what I want to do. Thank you, means a lot.

  40. cmartzloff says:

    I’m sorry to hear this too Mary. It’s unfortunate and not everyone operates with integrity. I recently had a small painting stolen from a cafe. I decided that I was going to look at it as a compliment. That doesn’t make it right or just but it was something out of my control and it’s not going to keep me from painting.

    I applaud your efforts to seek justice. Your work is beautiful!

    • Mary says:

      Thank you so much Catherine – appreciate your thoughts. You have such a wonderful collection of paintings on your site, you might want to consider checking to see if they are floating around. In my research I’ve found 24 of my images on others’ sites, now I’ll be going to deal with it. I’ll posting an update soon with my results and how to do your own search. Thanks again!

  41. It’s really upsetting when this happens and unfortunately it happens a lot! It’s the new era of internet, the era of ‘steal and get away with it’. FB does it for example to whatever you upload. They own it and may use it as they please for publicity reasons. But FB is not the issue here. Us artists, I’m afraid, have no means of protecting ourselves from situations like these. We rely on the good will of people who will respect our copyright notices and nothing more. A popular case is Paul Taggart’s recent issue with You Tube. http://www.artworkshopwithpaul.com/youtube.asp
    The only way we could ever be safe would be not to upload any original work…
    I’m very very sorry to hear that, Mary and very very mad especially as it happened to you. I hope you find a way to claim your rights and maybe even make them pay! 😉
    Here’s an article Donna, a good friend, has written on the issue: http://gardenwalkgardentalk.com/2012/06/29/it-had-to-happen-sometime-beeware-fellow-petunias/

    • Mary says:

      Hi Marina, thanks for your thoughtful comments. I went over to Donna’s site and one thing led me to another, but got some good information and direction using Google Reverse Image – found 24 of my images on others’ sites, and now will start dealing with the issue. So how much fun is it, not to upload any original work – if we don’t stand up for ourselves the greatest connection tool is virtually worthless. It’s really sad that we have to spend our time policing our work, but it is what it is. This was a very worthy read – thanks for sharing! Will be posting my results.

      • I had no idea about the Google Reverse Image. I am tempted to try it…
        Looking forward to some good news on this, Mary!!!

        • Mary says:

          Hi Marina, I searched every photograph of my paintings that are on my blog (those up under my header categories). Found 24 images being using on other sites and found too numerous to count on Pinterest. I’ve documented each and now I’ll be going through the process of contacting the sites and google.

          Go to Google, search images, on content line click onto little camera icon at end of line – here is where you would type in your URL of the image. Go to one of your posts, lay mouse over an image and right-click then select “Copy Image Link” and go back to Google line waiting for you to type and paste your copy of the image link into the space and hit search.

          My painting that I use as logo for my blog – has 4 pages of places it is being used (includes Pinterest). Then I had to go into each source it was being used in to see how they were using it and to each Pinterest source and find who else might have Pinned my photograph of a painting.
          You’ll be surprised, at least I was. Spent seven hours on this so far, have learned a lot and in the end I’ll be making some changes to my blog.
          Let me know how it goes.

          • I will make some time tomorrow to try it out. This is great information, Mary. Thanks so much. To be honest as soon as I landed on G.R.I. I got intimidated and very soon left the page! Now I know what to do, thanks to you! 😉 Again, good luck with this!

  42. I’m very sorry to hear this happening to you. I have heard of this before though. You would think that if your name or watermark was on an item it would deter people from stealing them for their use! Amazes me.

    • Mary says:

      Hi Elizabeth, hearing so much about this happening I kind of half expected that I’d be dealing with it at some point. Could you tell it still bothered me though ~

  43. can you also report it to wordpress? a pox on their house. (the robbers not wordpress) 😦

    • Mary says:

      Thanks Gentlestitches – nice to meet you. Once I’ve completed my research I’ll probably let wordpress know, this situation is beyond what WP can do to protect their members.

  44. Mary, I am so sorry to hear about this. This is so terrible and I don’t understand why people do these things. Good for you for calling the out on it. Good luck with your research and keep me informed. Best of luck to you.

  45. sefeniak says:

    I am so sorry to hear and read about this Mary. Good luck with your research and the fight. Does no one have any scruples these days? Take care.

  46. OMG that is horrible!! I sure don’t blame you for being mad!!!!

  47. Lee says:

    PLANET EARTH NEWSLETTER blog supports you. This blog post has been re-blogged to my site. .

  48. Mary says:

    Thank you Lee!

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