This is a post that I didn’t think I’d have to write.
Because seriously, we’re adults, do we really have to be told that STEALING IS WRONG?
But I’m getting ahead of myself.
Here’s the story.
Earlier this week, I posted swatches of Chanel Graphite and Chanel Quartz, from Chanel’s Fall 2011 collection.
I was lucky enough to get the bottles early and I swatched them immediately because one, I was excited about them and two, I know a lot of polish fans have been waiting to see them.
There aren’t many photos of these colors online yet – I’ve only seen a couple (including the one-finger swatches of nail queen Sophy Robson who I love).
Today, I Googled “Chanel Graphite swatch” in hopes of seeing more swatches and comparisons of the color (yes, I am a huge Chanel fan). The first two results led to my blog and the third one was a link to AllGlam.com.
Excited to see new swatches of Graphite, I clicked on the link. I scrolled down and saw a photo of Chanel Quartz and Graphite. I thought, “Hey, wait a minute, this looks familiar.”
And when I checked my blog, I realized I was right. It was familiar. Why? Because it was my photo.
AllGlam.com had stolen my photo, added a black background, adjusted the color levels, slapped on their watermark and uploaded it to their website.
I felt my blood beginning to boil.
And it didn’t end there.
I scrolled down and saw my swatches of Graphite and Quartz.
My swatches of Graphite and Quartz were covered with their watermarks and on their website as if they owned them.
My swatch of Chanel Graphite on my website:
My swatch of Chanel Graphite on their website:
My swatch of Chanel Quartz on my website:
My swatch of Chanel Quartz on their website:
Notice that they say “swatch on nails.” Of course they need to say that. They can’t put “swatch on my nails” because they’re MY freaking nails.
At this point, I was fuming.
I posted a very polite comment on their website.
But after I clicked on “submit,” I got the “comment awaiting moderation” message. I’m pretty sure it wouldn’t see the light of day.
I also posted a message on AllGlam.com’s Contact Us page and received a customer service ticket in my e-mail, nothing else. Then I vented on the nail board. And I vented on Twitter. And Facebook. And I filed complaints with Google and AllGlam.com’s web host.
I am furious. I know some people will think, “God, they’re just photos of your nails.” But seriously, I feel robbed.
I have no problems with people reposting my photos – as long as they ask for my permission and provide a link back to my site.
But that’s not what AllGlam.com did. They stole my photos and passed them off as their own.
I think it’s sick that they stole my photos. I think it’s foul that they put their watermark on my pictures. And I think it’s disgusting that they think they can get away with it.
And in the ten months their website has been up, they have been getting away with it. I’ve seen numerous posts from people who say that the people behind AllGlam.com have stolen their content and have not replied to their e-mail.
Unlike AllGlam.com, Polish Police is not ad-driven. I do not have a single advertisement on my website. I run this website because I love nail polish. I have not made a single cent from it – not one. I do this because I am passionate about it, because I love connecting with other polish fans, because I want to share my love for polish with others, because it’s fun.
But being stolen from is not fun.
It’s sickening that the people behind AllGlam.com think they can milk this passion for their benefit. And I refuse to let them get away with it.
To whoever is behind AllGlam.com, take my photos down or trust me, I will find you. In fact, I already know where you are.
This is a wake up call for me (and possibly other bloggers). I never wanted to do this but it looks like it’s time to start watermarking my photos.
Now back to regular programming.
AllGlam.com has really made a habit of posting stolen content. Most of its posts are either press releases or stolen photos.
Here are some.
And there’s a lot more.
Eugenia, who runs Ommorphia Beauty Bar, a blog that I just love, posted about this craziness. It’s such a beautifully written post – I swear, I got goosebumps while reading it.
Thank you, Eugenia, for the compassion, for sharing my passion and for knowing exactly how I feel.
We must unite against evil.
Last night, I was exchanging e-mails with Marie-Helene, a French blogger whose photos have also been swiped by the evil AllGlam. We were both very frustrated about what happened and we spent many minutes filing complaints online.
Today, Marie-Helene sent me a message saying that she has received a message telling her that the post containing her photos has been removed from evil AllGlam. But, Marie-Helen added, my photos of Chanel Quartz and Graphite were still on the site.
“What did you do?” I asked her. Did Marie-Helene have special powers? Did she hypnotize evil AllGlam into submission?
“Nothing special,” she said. “I just used this form.”
So I did what Marie-Helene did. I used the form. The magical, magical form. And, not even an hour later, I received a wonderful e-mail from Hostgator.com, the unfortunate web host of evil AllGlam.
I’m writing to inform you that the content listed in your DMCA complaint has been taken offline. Please let us know if there are any further issues.
I checked evil AllGlam and yes, the post had disappeared.
In less than an hour.
In less than an hour, I kid you not. You rock, Marie-Helen. You rock, Hostgator.com. You suck, evil AllGlam.
If AllGlam has stolen from you, use the form. If you know anyone AllGlam has stolen from, ask them to use the form. It works.
Good – 1, Evil – 0.