Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Crossing the Line?

Around 2:20 p.m. 2/14/12, the blog post was removed.  Click here for the cached version.

The popular "Pioneer Woman" blog has quite an eyebrow-raising post dated yesterday.  The post written by Ms. Sanders shows how to make your own anti-Valentine's Day cards.

She chose original "inspiration" cards from Etsy sellers, posted a photo from the sellers shops and then proceeded to give a step-by-step tutorial on how to make each card yourself.  According to discussion on Etsy, the post originally did not credit the Etsy shops.  One of the card sellers has verified in the Etsy forum that Ms. Sanders did not ask for permission when using the Etsy photo.

Now, it is fairly normal for a blogger to use an Etsy photo and say "oh, look at this beautiful bowl I found on Etsy" and having the photo link to the Etsy page where the bowl is listed for sale.  It's quite another thing to give a step-by-step tutorial on how to make the bowl!

Is anyone still thinking "what's the big deal?"  The author didn't just take someone else's idea and copy it for personal use.  She showed everyone else "hey, here's how you make this so you don't have to buy it."  The blog owner, Ree Drummond, has a show on the Food Network.  She has published a cookbook.  Her Pioneer Woman Eacebook page has over 385,000 followers.

What would you think if Martha Stewart saw something on Etsy and had a TV segment with a step-by-step demo of how to make the item, without ever contacting the original designer?


13 comments:

  1. Ouch! I'm hoping Ree didn't have any idea what was going on, but at least she did remove the post. One must wonder if Ms. Sanders has her head in the sand or just plain ignored everything that is plastered all over the web about stealing art. I'm betting she has learned her lesson the hard way by now.

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  2. The post was by Emelie Sanders, listed under her mother's name. Apparently the card creators and other Etsy sellers were writing negative comments on the blog that were getting removed immediately. The mother, Hannah Sanders, removed the post according to information given in the Etsy forum.

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  3. Alice - Apparently Ree was not aware of the post.

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    1. & since she posted it on her blog, shouldn't she have been?

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  4. I wonder how many of the cupcakes going on & on about how clever & cute the cards were would have thought so if the post made it very clear that the cards were stolen from etsy? Something along the lines of.... All designs shown below were stolen from artists on etsy, here is how you can make them.

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  5. Yep, definitely bad judgement situation. Hope Ree makes some adjustments in her quality control.

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  6. Ree doesn't give a flying flip about quality control. She deleted the offending post, buried her head in the sand and pretended this never happened. So typical. No one is surprised though since most of her recipes are lifted from church and community cookbooks which she never attributes. Check out The Marlboro Woman blog for photos and documented evidence of Ree Drummond's plagiarism.

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  7. Thank you all for your comments. I had not seen the Marlboro Woman blog before. That's interesting! I followed and read Ree's blog for a while before I took a break from reading blogs at all. The Marlboro Woman blog is a good, uh, balance!

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    1. The fact that negative comments are immeditely removed is all one needs to know about Ree Drummond.

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  8. Ree knew full well what was going on with Emelie's post since the comments were heavily moderated. There were many comments about her steeling the idea that were never published.

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  9. Too bad that the theft isn't enough to get her blot closed down. If it was shown that no one is above the law perhaps there wouldn't be as many cases of this type of theft occurring.

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