I would like to thank all those who have taken the time to email about "copy cat" images. It is something that we have to deal with more often than we would like. The market is so saturated its hard to come up with something original, I understand that , often things are close without any bad intention, but its another thing to take a stamp desing and re draw or just copy it and claim it as your own, we once had a UK digi site where the woman just re drew our stamps, badly, and sold them on. This does not only happen to us but many of the other stamp companies, we try to protect the a hard work of our artist buts its so hard when someone breaks the rules and totally ignores you.
Sadly its mostly found on digi sites beacuse they have very little costs, some people are not beyond buying one image and then re selling it many times over, as there is no hope for these people, I can only hope that crafters are smart enough to see them for what they are, thieves, and stay well away from them as it would reflect badly on an honest crafter to be seen to use STOLEN/COPIED images.
I have in the past named and shamed those who do things on ebay, not only selling stamped images but CD roms of stamped images, this is so wrong and deserved a good slap.
WARNING: If you did not draw it, do not claim it as your own and try to make money out of someone else's work.
ALL stamp companies have policies, please read them carefully.
on a lighter note.............
Its true, they are kicking me out of the house of sugar, I am to strap my desk to my back, put my computer in my pocket and clear out of the office I visit on occasion. As I work more from home these days and with the weather causing lots of problems especially regarding keeping warm, we have had a chat about it and I am clearing space so that classes can move back from the shop floor to the "class room".
Its much easier to keep a room warm and cosy for classes than trying to get the heat to stay in the shop and not fly out the door. We are also on the look out for a new local tutor/Demonstrator/shop DT super crafter to fill demand for classes and to make wonderful sample for the store. If you are local and have nothing else to do on a weekend LOL drop me a line with a link to your blog to see your work or pop into the shop and see Kate.
*****Today, Saturday I am playing "farmers wife" and stuck in the kitchen making soup and other warm and filling foods for a group of all male shooters who drink far more than they eat. Once I feed them all I will make my escape because the quality of conversation is far too much for me to take even if its only once a year!
I hope your weekend hold something more exciting than mine. Take care and stay warm.