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Posted by on Jun 12, 2014 in News | 3 comments

Stealing – still not sexy! More on copyright infringement

Following on from last night’s post about the illegal use of my images I thought I’d share with you the email exchange that I had with the culprit.

What pisses me off here is the sheer brass balls of the denial along with the rudeness of it.  I couldn’t give a toss if she’s heard of me or not, there are a lot of people writing erotica and sex, what annoys me is the lie that she created the overall image from stock photography and that she’d put the black borders on it. If you have a look at the infographic I posted yesterday it is easy enough to see that she just cropped out my name on the top of the image and squeezed in her copy below it – and she couldn’t even be bothered to match the font (Josefin Slab if you’re wondering)

So here you go, the denial and my, response.

Response to my request via comments that she take down the image>

I think you are referring to the picture that says BDSM IS My Normal. I actually found the picture of the woman with her hands tied behind her back on a royalty free site using msn search. I put the picture together with the wording on a black background. Now, as far as copyrights. I checked Google image search, along with a few other search engines and found no references to there being any violations. The cover on your book is the same picture of the woman’s body, but that is all. I have never actually even heard of you, nor read your books. 

There are no violations as the picture has been altered tremendously and that constitutes a new work of art, as stated in the universal copyright code laws. 
But, if you can prove the image is yours, that you indeed made it, I shall remove it from my blog post. 
Hmm can I prove that an image I took of myself is infact mine, you bet my sweet arse I can!
From me to she…
Here is the original image on my website from 2011. http://eroticnotebook.co.uk/bdsm/normal-erotic-ebook-release
 If you did find the image on a royalty free site it would have been the  book cover with my name on it, as I’ve never released the original image, only the book cover.  You didn’t add the black background, you cropped my image and added additional copy to it along with your  name and URL.  You didn’t even bother to change the file name before you loaded it to your site.
 And so you know, a royalty free image isn’t the same as a copyright free image. The first means you don’t have to pay for it but it will still be the intellectual property of the creator the second means you can use it without credit.
Please remove my image from your website, please also remove it from your Pinterest board.

For anyone that is confused as this lady is about what does and doesn’t constitute copyright and intellectual property violations it is pretty straightforward.

The creator of a piece of intellectual property such as a written work, an image or similar holds the copyright on it from the moment it is created. Before computers writers were told to post a copy of their manuscript to themselves and keep it unopened to prove that they’d written it (the idea being the post mark and date would show a time stamp).

As soon as you create something, you hold the copyright. If you put it on line, you hold the copyright. You hold the copyright until you decide to give it away or sell it.

Yes, yes I do realise that putting our content on line does make it easy for people to use it without our consent, yes I do realise that lots of people don’t know they are doing something wrong because they either don’t know about copyright or they misunderstand it.  But the fact remains, what I put up in this space belongs to me until such time I grant anyone else the permission to use it.

If you want to use my work, be nice and ask. I might say no, I might say yes, but if you steal it I will will act to protect myself and my intellectual property.

Thanks for reading,

Ruby x

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Posted by on Jun 11, 2014 in News | 0 comments

Copyright infringement is never cool especially when it’s my arse you’re infringing

Copyright infringement is never cool especially when it’s my arse you’re infringing

I had hoped to get back to blogging with something more jolly, or at least more filthy, than this blog post, but instead I’m talking about copyright infringement of my arse.

I was checking out tumblr today and spotted an image that was very familiar. Familiar because it was an image of me, well, my arse.

It was the image I created for the original publication of my ebook Normal, when it was republished with Burning Book Press we went back to the original image and created a new cover. But that image, my image, of me, is something I’m proud of.  I was taken aback to see it doctored to be an inspirational type quote image and even more taken aback that the person who had done it had added their name and URL to the image and then syndicated it across tumblr and Pinterest as well as hosting it on their blog.

With a little digging I found the post on the blog and downloaded it – you know what – that image was taken directly from my website – I know this because the image uploads have exactly the same name and the image was created in 2013 – after the book cover had been switched to the new version with the new publisher. So the image is under copyright and IP protection.

See for yourself…

Ruby Kiddell Normal bdsm image

If you see the “BDSM is my Normal” image, please don’t reshare it, please delete it or report it.

Please do share and reblog this post. I work hard on my writing and my images and to support the sex blogging and erotica writing community. Stealing content is not cool!

Thanks for reading,

Ruby x

If you enjoyed my writing you can find more of my erotic fiction stories on Amazon.co.uk and Amazon.com, don't be shy leave a review!

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