Very recently I became aware of posts from Pico Perfect and Picostyle that are being re-posted on cute_pauline's blog. Since credit has not been given to the original authors, cute_pauline is claiming the posts as her own - whether she realizes it or not. This is plagiarism.
In talking about the situation with sweet_mom, she asked that I write a post about intellectual property for those who read the Pico Perfect blog to make them aware of the issue (See: Ahoy, mateys. Beware of internet piracy.).
At this point I am posting my view of the situation because cute_pauline doesn't seem to take it seriously. I tried to talk to her in a civil way about it, so she would hopefully come to understand why it's not acceptable.
I was hoping she would change the posts she has re-published to include links to the original posts. cute_pauline chose to not listen. I even asked her to email us at firstname.lastname@example.org so I could discuss it with her (her Pico profile did not allow me to send her a letter). cute_pauline said she would right away, but has chosen not to communicate (a week later ... I'm still waiting).
I have no patience for lies and theft since my bullsh*t tolerance level dropped, so, I'm calling her out on her theft of content from other blogs.
There's nothing "cute" about stealing other people's content.
As of last Friday I filed a Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) against cute_pauline by clicking the Report Abuse button on the top bar of her Blogger.com blog. As part of the DMCA process, a copy of the DMCA claim was automatically forwarded to cute_pauline at the email address she registered her blog with. Since she probably chose to ignore it ... this is what happened:
This is what you'll see now if you visit her blog.
Posts that cute_pauline stole:
Better info menu and more Gachas
- Originally posted on Picostyle; January 13, 2011
- Excerpts posted on cute_pauline's Ameba Pico blog; January 15, 2011
- Originally posted on Pico Perfect; January 3, 2011
- Re-posted on cute_pauline's Ameba Pico blog; January 8, 2011
- Originally posted on Picostyle; December 7, 2010
- Re-posted on cute_pauline's Ameba Pico blog; December 8, 2010
- Originally posted on Picostyle; October 12, 2010
- Re-posted on cute_pauline's Ameba Pico blog; December 8, 2010
Conversation with cute_pauline:
On January 14, 2011, I left a room post in cute_pauline's room, since I am not able to send her a letter or contact her in any other way. Not long after, I received a notification that cute_pauline was in my room, so, I went there to talk to her. She seemed more concerned with getting my room guest (whose name hasbeen removed to protect anonymity) and I to follow her blog and drum up traffic.
--- You have moved to Catero | The C@ House
(19:05) cute_pauline: hi
(19:05) Catero: pauline
(19:05) Catero: hey
(19:05) Catero: we need to talk
(19:05) cute_pauline: plz follow my blo
(19:05) cute_pauline: blog*
(19:05) Catero: i do
(19:05) cute_pauline: w8
(19:05) cute_pauline: hayley's online
(19:05) Catero: ok
(19:06) Catero: hey [Another Pico (name removed)]
(19:06) Another Pico (name removed); : hey
(19:06) Catero: every time i see you, you look different
(19:06) cute_pauline: yes
(19:06) Another Pico (name removed); : i know
(19:06) Another Pico (name removed); : wait
(19:06) cute_pauline: 2 guys
(19:06) cute_pauline: plz follow my blog
(19:06) Catero: i do, pauline
(19:06) cute_pauline: k
(19:07) Catero: i need to talk to ou
(19:07) cute_pauline: [Another Pico (name removed)] follow my blog too
(19:07) Another Pico (name removed); : me too
(19:07) Catero: you
(19:07) Catero: about your blog
(19:07) Another Pico (name removed); : i did
(19:07) Catero: can you email email@example.com, plz, pauline?
(19:07) Catero: can i can talk to you thru email
(19:08) cute_pauline: plz take a picture
(19:08) cute_pauline: and add my blog
(19:08) cute_pauline: to picostyle
(19:08) Catero: isn't it already added to picostyle?
(19:08) cute_pauline: take a pic
(19:09) Catero: do ... you say please often?
(19:09) cute_pauline: yes
(19:09) Catero: when you ask someone to do something you should say it with a please
(19:09) cute_pauline: u'll post the picture
(19:09) Catero: no
(19:09) cute_pauline: in the new post
(19:09) cute_pauline: [Another Pico (name removed)]?
(19:09) cute_pauline: gtg
(19:10) Another Pico (name removed); : huh
(19:10) cute_pauline: bye!
(19:10) Another Pico (name removed); : sorry afk
(19:10) Catero: pauline
(19:10) Catero: email us
(19:10) Catero: UGH
cute_pauline leaves my room.
(19:10) Another Pico (name removed); : why?
(19:10) Another Pico (name removed); : whats wrong?
Seconds later, cute_pauline comes back to my room, says for a couple of minutes, then leaves when I ask her about the posts on her blog.
(19:10) Catero: [Another Pico (name removed)], can you plz give me a minute
(19:10) Catero: to talk to pauline?
(19:10) Another Pico (name removed); : k
(19:10) Catero: thx
(19:10) Another Pico (name removed); : i'll be afk
(19:10) Catero: lol ok
(19:11) Catero: pauline, do you have a few minutes to talk?
(19:11) cute_pauline: yes
(19:11) Catero: i noticed that on your blog ...
(19:11) Catero: there are some posts that you have taken from other blogs
(19:11) cute_pauline: changed the name
(19:11) Catero: like picostyle
(19:11) Catero: yes?
(19:11) cute_pauline: w8
(19:11) cute_pauline: bye!
(19:12) cute_pauline: gtg
(19:12) Catero: i am reporting you
Poof! cute_pauline was gone again.
What some of Pico's bloggers are saying about content theft:
Pico has many bloggers and blog enthusiasts. Here are some thoughts from others on the subject.
[♥]Breezy[♥] of Pop Pico:
As bloggers, we try to make our content as original and unique as possible. We work very hard to make our blogs stand out and make an impression. So how do you think we feel when our hard work is copied to give someone else credit? Make your own material.
If you do, you'll be respected more, and you can be proud of yourself for your own originality.
Peggy Hill of Picostyle:
I'm always happy to see new bloggers out there getting inspired by my entries on Picostyle. I totally understand getting excited about something someone else has written and thinking you might want to write about that too! I do that as well but there's a difference between taking something and making it your own, giving it your own "spin"... versus someone who just takes someone else's work and posts it as their own.
If you want to repost something that was written by another blogger it's really important that you ask them if that's okay first and credit them.
I would be totally flattered if someone wanted to repost my own entries on their own blog but it makes me a little sad when someone just steals my work.
sweet_mom of Pico Perfect:
I thought she [cute_pauline] was my friend; she seemed so nice and sweet to me. I'm disappointed and saddened by her actions.
What do you think? Share your insights and opinions in comments.
What to do if someone has stolen your online content:*
Sometimes the person may have used your work, not realizing that they have done something that is illegal. Though what they have done may make you steaming mad, try to keep your cool.
If your work has been posted to someone's user account on an online service:
Sites that you sign up for a user account on - like Ameba Pico or Pigg, Blogger.com, deviantART, Facebook, Flickr, Photobucket, etc - have Terms of Service rules that you agree to follow when you sign up to use the service. These rules are also designed to protect you in situations where you are being harassed or your work has been stolen.
Check the web site service that the stolen content is on for a link or button that allows you to report stolen content that someone has uploaded to their account. Sometimes, you can click the Contact link to tell the people who run the site about your stolen work.
For example, when you view a blog hosted on Blogger.com, there's a bar at the top you can use to Report Abuse.
If your work has been posted to someone's personal web site:
When someone has their own web site (example: www.mypicolife.com) they have purchased their web space and address from a hosting service. You will have to find out who their hosting service is and contact them with your evidence (example: screen shots or links of your content creation/upload dates versus the "offender's").
You can find out any web site's hosting service/registrar, but looking up the site's domain using a WHO IS site, like who.is.
Remember! ... Either way, you will have to prove that you own the original work.
* Originally posted on Pico Perfect blog
Learn more about online content theft and protecting your work:
Creative Commons License web site
Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) c/o Wikipedia
IP Kids web site
World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO)