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Wednesday, June 19, 2013

I'm Fed Up ... And I've Got Something To Say

People that know me in real life will tell you that I'm pretty calm and collected ..... most of the time. However, I do get a little vocal with my opinions from time to time ... and unfortunately, this is one of those times. I keep seeing this dilemma over and over again, and I'm just fed up - so I'm saying something about it!

I truly believe that most people have good intentions ... but I want to educate some folks on a growing problem. What has got me so riled up, you ask?

Stuff like this:

or this:

Why would anyone have to go to these blogs to get the recipe when it's plastered right there on FB (or other social media) and shared over and over again?! Exactly, they don't have to. Bloggers work hard on these posts ... they pour their hearts and souls into their blogs and spend countless hours planning posts, cooking recipes to share, taking pictures, editing pictures, writing the post, editing the post and promoting the post ... and they are willing to share their hard work with others. I don't think it's too much to ask to be properly credited for our work, our pictures and our recipes. And for the record, bloggers want you to share their work - we just want people to do it the right way!

For some reason, people have this belief that if it's on the internet, no one "owns" it and it's all fair game for whoever wants to take it. I don't know about y'all, but my mom taught me not to take stuff that wasn't mine. She never told me that the rule only applies in certain circumstances ... because it was meant for everything, for the rest of my life. 

Technically speaking, stealing someone else's work can get you in a whole lot of trouble. You may be violating copyright laws and be forced to pay a substantial amount of money for using someone else's work. Remember back in school when we had to write those book reports or term papers? We couldn't plagiarize and we had to cite our sources ...... this is the exact same thing - except on the internet. 

So what do we do? Educate people. Share the proper way to share. If you belong to a page that shares the wrong way, let the administrator know or unlike the page! Don't be an enabler! When you see things you want to share, be sure to give credit and direct people to the original source. If you see a picture that is improperly shared but you want to share it, find the original source - delete all the stuff that'll get you in trouble and share it the right way! I just can't say that enough. Because really, that's all we really want - our stuff and our friend's stuff, to be shared properly

Maybe this seems petty to some people .... but imagine that this was your job, your life and your family that was being stolen from. It would make you mad as you know what. You'd have something to say, too. And that's the point.

I have an example below - I'd love for people to share it .... the more the merrier!



Below you will find both pictures in one picture ...... to make it easier to share!

Right_Wrong Collage2

By the way, be sure to check out those awesome looking Satueed String Beans with Bacon from my foodie friend Sandi over at A New York Foodie.

You can find the Pepperoni & Mozzarella Stuffed Chicken Breasts HERE.

And please, if you feel this post would benefit someone else, share it, pin it, email it .... do whatever to help get the message across. 

You can share it on Facebook from HERE to make it even easier!

I hope you enjoy! Shared at these fun parties!

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  1. Aahhh Jamie - I hear you on this one! It is a shame, and I can totally understand your point. Great post!

    1. Just found your page looking for recipes. I'm not a blogger and didn't know about ones that say "Share to keep it on your wall" now I know and won't do that anymore. Will make sure I bookmark them and then share the blog's link instead. I have seen blogger's say a recipe is their own but I know I have seen it in the past and not on the internet. They should at least say they don't know where the recipe came from (if they don't and are going to be honest) Looking forward to reading more of your recipes and your blog.

    2. Just found your page looking for recipes. I'm not a blogger and didn't know about ones that say "Share to keep it on your wall" now I know and won't do that anymore. Will make sure I bookmark them and then share the blog's link instead. I have seen blogger's say a recipe is their own but I know I have seen it in the past and not on the internet. They should at least say they don't know where the recipe came from (if they don't and are going to be honest) Looking forward to reading more of your recipes and your blog.

  2. You are, of course, right Jamie. I find that those who share incorrectly can be divided into 2 groups: those who know they're harming bloggers, don't care and won't take down our recipes. These people just shock me.

    But I've been in the situation, more than once, when I've found my entire recipe shared instead of a link and I've contacted the page owner and they truly didn't understand. They apologized and took it down.

    I think food bloggers need to stick together. When they find a page that shares our recipes and refuses to take it down, we need to share the name of that page with each other so we all know who to steer our friends away from.

  3. AMEN!! People just don't understand the amount of work we put into these sites. I never understood it until I started doing it. Well Said :)

    Happy Blogging!
    Happy Valley Chow

  4. Thanks so much for writing this post, Jamie! Sharing!

  5. Great post! So true and I am seeing more and more of this, using our Blogger's hard work and final pictures on other forums without proper credit. It really is disgusting!

  6. Love this Jamie! Going to Pin right now and share on our page.

    Not Your Average Super Moms!

  7. I TOTALLY understand you!!
    It's a BIG problem
    Believe me I also find some of my recipes on other people's blog with no credit.
    And just a few days ago I found one of my photos (with my signature on it!!) on someone's blog, as a part of her recipe.

  8. Thanks so much for speaking out. Many of us have come across these facebook pages that are sharing these recipes, they have triple the amount of followers than the rest of us and many do not even have a blog. I'm sharing this on my page as well and hope that the word gets out to them. I did hear, through the grapevine, that one of those pages is no longer available. Let's hope the others will get the message.

    Joanne/Winelady Cooks

  9. Wow, I thought adding a signature on the photos would discourage people from using them. I obviously have a lot to learn. What do we do to keep this from happening?

  10. Excellent rant :) Sharing! Properly, of course :)

  11. Thanks for this Jamie! I initially read it hoping I wasn't breaking the rues.....glad to find out I am not! I shared it on my Facebook page to help spread the word! Thanks again. Have a blessed week! Ruth

  12. 100% right there with you! Not only recipes but other projects sometimes have the all directions right there! Mostly it's non bloggers who do it I think because they don't know any better. Gonna pin this post and maybe the offenders will read it.

  13. Great post, Jamie!! Sharing (the right way!!!) on my Facebook page!

  14. Right with you on this Jamie. Cheers

  15. I hate when people have a recipe without a link to the origins of the recipe. They say to share to keep it on your page so you can find it again. I will not do that, it doesn't seem right.
    But I do know a blogger who encourages people to do that with her recipes. I am not sure why she has started doing that. That is only encouraging others to do the same with any recipe.
    I really appreciate all the work you Foodies put into a recipe and sharing it, especially with a Pinterest link so I can save it and find it again. Thank you!!!!

  16. Great post, can understand your feelings on this...love the look of those beans by the way:)

  17. You said it girl! I have a cousin that shares stuff that way ALL THE TIME and I'm always like - dude! That's on my blog!! Could you puh-lezze share it in a way that actually makes sense for bloggers?!?

  18. I have to be honest, when you said you were riled up, I thought..what does she have against green beans..LOL :) Awesome post..love it lady!
    Erin @ Table for Seven

  19. Very nice and succinct! Cynthia @What A Girl Eats.

  20. Psst. Mentioned this post on my blog today! :) It's here: http://anyonitanibbles.blogspot.co.uk/2013/09/DIY-stunning-titled-photos-walkthrough-tutorial.html

  21. Wow! I had never thought of someone doing something like that. Isn't there a site that actually helps to copyright what bloggers write? I thought I'd seen one before and will have to search to find it. I'm so sorry that actually happened to you. Best of luck and love the recipe by the way. I'd never thought of adding bacon with the string beans. I have gotta try that!

  22. Hello, I was posting recipes on RWOP (Philadelphia Cream Cheese) and this is the one big issue I had with this site. I had a friend who kindly explained under someone's posted recipe and photo that was posted as their own, that they had indeed copied it and a couple of people took the photos down but the recipes are there forever I think. On the community blog I posted COPYRIGHT AND ATTRIBUTION plus the DMCA on there and tried to explain it. Some were okay and thanked me where others were not so kind. I have quit posting my recipes there and have started my own website. I tried a couple of blogs on blogspot but I am lost to say the least so I got my domain www.secretsfrommyapron and I am using wordpress but I don't have a clue as to what I am doing. I do know that I would not want my pics or recipes to show up as someone else. Not that they would I am practicing taking photos so some of mine are very amateur to say the least. I would appreciate any help you can give me.

    1. Hi Bea! It is a rampant problem on the internet, unfortunately. I would suggest watermarking your pictures - not that it necessarily stops people, but it might deter some. You will probably have to file DMCA's on occasion to have your stuff removed. Some people truly don't realize what they're doing is wrong - and once they realize it, are happy to remove our content. Some people ..... well, you know how they are. Those are the ones that usually require more drastic measures. You can also report them to the web hosting company for copyright infringement and sometimes, that'll work on getting content removed. Unfortunately, there is no easy answer. You just have to be diligent without being obsessive (it'll drive you crazy!).


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