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Okay. So I understand that because we are a fairly popular sailing blog people are going to get "inspired" and get "ideas" from us from time to time. I see it all over the place, in other websites, in fellow sailor's blogs. We've seen people create very similar blog posts, use exact phrases and covered topics that we have. None of this is that big of a deal and, though it is obvious to me, it's very hard to pin point and say "Hey! You got that idea from us!". I peruse the web from time to time to keep a pulse on this and admit that I too have been inspired by others. They say that there are no "original ideas", that we are all "sharing" and being inspired by one another - which I agree with completely....to a point. But to take MY image, that I created and remove OUR web address and add your own? Well, that is actually stealing and that makes me angry. Really angry.
This particular occurrence involved a Facebook Photo I posted and was brought to my attention yesterday by a fellow blogger. I couldn't believe it when I saw it: my photo, my creation, my work - with someone else taking credit for it. I felt violated; my face got hot and my pulse quickened. "How could they?!" I thought out loud. While the notion of 'intellectual property' is still relatively new and there's a lot of gray area around it*, there was no question: this guy had stolen my stuff! I got very angry and "mean Brittany" showed up. I took to the company's page and demanded they remove it. They did, and apologized profusely for the debacle. I give them a lot of credit for taking responsibility and rectifying the situation. Other's might not have. They also promised me a beer when we meet up. See how easy sailor's are appeased? Give us a drink and we're all good!
I write this not to throw a tantrum, but as a reminder to all of you who use the internet to be creative: be careful and copyright your content and images. And to those of you who are taking ideas/posts/photos from us and others? Give credit where credit is due. Ask permission and link back to our site and/or Facebook Page! It's as simple as that (for me at least).
I always have a quotation for everything - it saves original thinking.
-Dorothy L. Sayers