Well, today got interesting.
Erin from This Mom Shops sent me a link of my daughter on a Chinese based wholesale company website that is using my daughter as a sample for their products- pictures that were stolen from my blog.
While I realize I accept an amount of risk with Charlotte online, it infuriates me to no end that a company, a company not even in the US, has taken my personal photo, WATERMARKED IT AS THEIRS, right clicked protected it, and is using it to demonstrate their products.
I get it. She is beautiful and you love her photos. So do I. ON MY BLOG. I’m so mad about this I cant even concentrate enough to write a good blog post.
The irony involved is that she isn’t wearing their products, she is modeling products from Three Peas Co. in a review blog post I did with them last year. They should absolutely consider a lawsuit for someone making money off of their products and trying to pass them off as their own.
After pulling myself out of shock, I got on this companies website and talked to someone on “live chat”.
This is the conversation:
This is where they stopped responding to me.
I’m going to file a copyright infringement with Alibaba.com and then I am not sure where to go from there.
I wanted to make sure I shared this publicly as a reminder to watermark EVERY photo of your child, which I will be doing from this point on, and even with that, there is still an inherent risk of them ending up online -or even in an ad- that you didn’t authorize.