Not a card today but a post on the Stamp Out Stamp Theft Wall of Shame that I felt compelled to share with my followers. I know this is a controversial issue but education is often a sure way to gain understanding so I am sharing the SOST post below.
For those unaware, the Stamp Out Stamp Theft Facebook group is a closed group. Anyone can request to join and you can do so HERE. The group is over 600 strong and is "dedicated to crafters and artists that are serious about combating the intellectual property rights violations that are so rampant in our field." The group makes sure any possible infringements discussed are backed up with screenshots, links, or side by side images! This group confronts those who not only copy the work of other artists and claim it as their own, but also deals with "pinners" on Pinterest and Facebook sites that illegally "share" digital images that are not "free" to share.
The artists are very disgusted and sad. It is a wonder to me that they continue to produce such beautiful images for us! I don't know that I would want to continue if day after day I saw my hard work pinned and shared and copied all over the internet! I am sure that is not what they had in mind when they sat down at the drawing table!
Sadly a Wall of Shame was created as an outgrowth of Stamp Out Stamp Theft to expose those who after being shown side by side evidence of the copyrighted images against their images, and after being respectfully asked to remove the images in violation, continue to sell and/or misrepresent these images as their own original ideas and illustrations. Please read the entire post and view the side by side images. I urge you to share this link with other crafters.