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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

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Posted by on Dec 10, 2013 in Calls for submissions, News | 0 comments

NEWS! I’m working with Velvet Books on a series of erotica anthologies

NEWS! I’m working with Velvet Books on a series of erotica anthologies

Velvet booksI’m so thrilled to let you all know that I’ve been approached by Velvet Books to work on a series of anthologies with them.  

Last month I finally had time to make it up to London to meet with the team and thrash out the details and I have to say it is looking like a very exciting project.  I first met the team behind Velvet Books when they came to Eroticon 2013 and were delighted when they wanted to publish the conference anthology.  While the Velvet Team have a solid commercial, design and marketing presence they were in need of someone to hook them up with writers – perhaps they were a bit shy of all the brains behind the steaming hot erotica that is being written at the moment?  And so they asked me to be their front woman to kick start their anthologies collections.

With the call for submissions for Eroticon 2013 anthology, Southbank Seduction, ending soon, and boy-oh-boy do we have some fantastic contributions already, it is time for another call for submissions, this time for the Raising the Curtain, an anthology of theatrical erotica!

I love this theme, I trained as a dancer and there is something magical about being backstage – I’m sure it is a fertile ground for erotic inspiration!

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curtain craig hatfieldCall for submissions : Raising the Curtain :  An anthology of erotica inspired by the theatre.

What goes on behind the velvet curtains of the theatre? 

Is there more drama backstage than onstage? 

Does the sexual tension between the stars of the show get x-rated once the curtain drops and the audience has left?

We’re looking for erotica stories inspired by the drama of the theatre both on and offstage, from amateur dramatics to the high glamour of Broadway or the West End.

We have a strong preference for stories that have female characters and female pleasure as their focal point and have well developed characters and narratives.  Although all work will be considered on merit.

Anthology submission guidelines:

  • Submissions must be 3,000 to 5,000 word erotica stories and be original and your own work.
  • Submissions are open to all writers.
  • Deadline is 31st March 2014 for publication in summer 2014.
  • Payment will be £50 per accepted story.
  • The anthology will be edited by Ruby Kiddell, author of the BDSM novella Normal, editor of the Eroticon 2012 anthology Dirty Thoughts from the Back of the Room and the organiser of the Eroticon conferences for sex bloggers and erotica writers.
  • Please send your story as a word document formatted to 10pt Arial, double spaced to  or submit via our “Write for Velvet” page
  • Please include “Raising the Curtain” and the title of the story in the email subject line.
  • Please include your legal name, your pseudonym, email address and any social media or website links on the first page of your submission.
  • The anthology will be published by Velvet Books, all sexual activity must be consensual and legal.
  • Rights – 5 years worldwide exclusive audio, ebook and print.
  • We will consider previously published work as long as it is out of contract, please indicate details in your cover note.

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Image credit: Craig Hatfield via Flickr

Thanks for reading,

Ruby x

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Posted by on Sep 30, 2012 in Blog, News | 0 comments

Finding a new home

Finding a new home

Writing has taken a back seat for me for the last few months, life is always busy and sometimes, when you get out of the habit of something it makes it all the harder to get back into it.

I do miss writing but curiously when I made a concerted effort to write every day, working towards a story goal, rather than writing on a whim on the blog, it felt lonelier.  One of the wonderful things about writing on the blog and something that, for me, also serves to motivate and create the impetus to write, is the feedback of comments and chat on social media.  I guess the knack is to write offline, hit my word-count and then share just enough to keep you all coming back for more.

Another reason for the hiatus has been the closing of my old publisher, though I’m delighted to say that I’ve found a home with a new publisher and Normal will be re-released soon along with my contributions to an anthology of micro fiction.  I’m looking to the future, I’m dusting off my works in progress and exercising my writing muscles, I invite you along for the ride.

Photo credit: Chris Makarsky via Flickr

Thanks for reading,

Ruby x

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Posted by on Jun 27, 2012 in Blog, News | 1 comment

Not here, there or anywhere

It’s been a while, but I’m still here, though not blogging or writing much.

I guess I’ve got writer’s block of some fashion.  I feel as if I’m in a game of brinksmanship with the universe, I’m not sure who is going to blink first.  I’m falling prey to the social media maelstrom which makes you believe everyone is doing bigger and better and more boldly than you are, when in fact they too are individuals tip tapping away on a keyboard.

I feel like the only erotica writer in the world that isn’t riding the shirt-tales of 50 Shades of Grey, in fact I’m almost in reverse, given that with the closing of my publisher neither of my books are available at the moment.  But there are plans, I just have to hold my nerve, be patient and trust in those that I know I can trust.

And so I’m going to ask you to be patient too.  If you like what you’ve read before, stick with me, you’ll like what I’ve got simmering inside waiting to get out into the world.

Thanks for reading,

Ruby x

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Posted by on May 14, 2012 in Blog, News | 5 comments

Cybher conference: innovative and inspirational

I met Sian To, the organiser, last year and have kept in touch on and off via Twitter and email throughout the year.  In that time she has been kind enough to lend me her brain to pick when I was creating Eroticon and asked me to speak on a panel about sex blogging for her, I’d like to think we’re friends, but I’m still learning about her and from her and I hope that continues for a long time.

I’ve been to several conferences in 2011 and Cybher was far above any of them in terms of content, how it was delivered and all round quality and attention to detail.  At various conferences last year I felt I was PR fodder or that I was sitting through sessions that were extended adverts for someone’s business. I want to go to conferences and learn,  be inspired and even if the content is familiar to me have it reaffirm my ideas and inspire me forward.

I want a conference to be challenging, inspiring and fun in equal measure.  It’s a lot to ask but not too much to expect, Sian and her team pulled it off.  Cybher felt relevant, contemporary and current.  There were some glitches and parts where my interest or energy waned but they didn’t overwhelm my positive experience of the day.

Here is my day in Thank Yous:

Thank you to Annie at Love All Blogs for asking me the question:

“I worry that if I write about sex then I’ll just be adding to the exploitative sex industry” (or words to that effect)

I understand where she’s coming from here, but if you don’t have authentic voices that represent themselves talking about sex then you’re leaving the field open to the traditional voices that will portray the sex they want and approve of and not the sex you have.  My blog and my work setting up Eroticon is a part of the sex industry, I am not willing to let other people I don’t respect speak for me on this or any other matter.

Thank you to Sam and Leanne at The High Tea Cast for making podcasting seem dazzlingly easy.  It made me want to get to grips with podcasting, but it also made me want a Mac so I could have the “pretty” sound editing programme not boring old Audacity.  A related thank you to Ryan Duggins for being a good sport –  you can find out why here.

Thank you to Mario from Someone Once Told Me.  You’ll have to wait and see the quote I chose for my SOTMpic.

Thank you to Cathy Presland for letting me ask so many questions.

Thank you to Lori Smith for sharing the stage with me and for letting me ramble on, sorry if I got a bit carried away.

Thank you to everyone that came to the erotic blogging session and talked to me throughout the day.  What I long to read are blogs that spoke about every part of a person’s life, including sex and sexuality.  I’m going to try over on my personal blog to speak more openly and lead by example.

Finally, thank you to Sian and her team, Cybher made me want to do more, better.

To read more about the day and the experiences that other people had head over to the conference site and browse through the blogs in the post conference link up.

 

 

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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