So, I've been thinking a lot about theft lately. More specifically, image and content theft online. I've had my images (and sometimes entire blog posts) taken and used without permission many times, and while it's a little irritating, it doesn't send me over the edge most of the time. After all, it's flattering in a way!
But several weeks ago a reader asked about a photo she'd seen on this website, saying that it looked a lot like Paige. It sure does, doesn't it? 'Cause it is her! One of my favorite photos of her, actually, from this post. I contacted the website several times over the last month about it, but they will not respond to me. I've never had that happen before, so I'm not really sure what to do from here.
(UPDATED to add: Mama Mia did respond today with a very sweet apology and they removed Paige's photo. They get their images from photo stock companies so they're looking into what happened. Many thanks to them for being so nice!!)
However. The more I think about it, the more I realize that I don't think I care. (No, haha, this is not me giving you permission to steal my content!) The things that are important to me in life are not photos or tutorials or credit or pride or fame. Sometimes people steal. That stinks. I wish they wouldn't, for their own sake. But none of these things truly belong to me anyway, this world is not my home. And while I'm here I want to spend my life creating and sharing, loving and helping, protecting innocence and spreading positivity. And I don't much care if Instagram wants to pretend that they were the ones who made that ruffled scarf. (Ok, I guess I care a little.) It seems so silly to think of it in context of all the important things in life.
And now that I've said that, I don't want you to think that I think people should be able to steal each other's stuff. I certainly don't. It's wrong!! Or that you shouldn't get upset if people steal your photos. People should never be allowed to take other people's things. And it's especially wrong when it's photos of someone's child. I guess I'm just spilling out my thoughts. It makes me sad that we even have to worry about protecting our things as carefully as we do. Can't we all just live in Candy Land where all is love and happiness and Heather Bailey Prints?? I guess that's not very realistic. :o)
Anyway. Just thoughts.
P.S. While I take a more supine position on this matter, Paige, who is very sensitive to injustice has informed me that if they steal another photo of her, she is going to call the police. May they be warned.