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First I would like to thank you for your kind words. It was and still is a very painful learning experience. I now know I need to read terms and services at places I sign up much better. I had no idea that you couldn't use something that you didn't create 100%. I thought as long as I wasn't taking the fabric and selling it on etsy or ebay or wherever it was okay. I never knew who the original designer was. I do agree with you on the whole inspired by others situation. I'm a photographer and I read probably 200 photographer blogs a day. Getting inspiration, ideas, etc. I see the same poses or the same ideas over and over each day..BUT each photographer style is different. I could go to 5 different photographers sites/blogs right now and show you the exact same pose/idea BUT because each photographer's style is different, especially the post processing, then it's their "own." I want to thank you for your words... seriously they mean alot to me. Out of the 100+ emails/messages I got about 6 positive emails and then this. It means a lot to me. I was very upset yesterday with the way the people were attacking me. I think more than anything it wasn't some random chatroom or facebook it was a community of artists who I thought understood that people make mistakes. I understand if they wanted to come here and talk about the situation, but personally attacking me on my website and blog is really wrong. I was very upset that Spoonflower left my link up so long. They did eventually take it down but it didn't matter because someone left a comment on this with the link anyways. So people are still sending me things. I also wished spoonflower would have gave me the opportunity to explain the situation before posting this EVERYWHERE. I know what I did was wrong NOW..but at the time I didn't understand. I just received an email from spoonflower saying you stole this...etc. I didn't understand. When I clicked the link that took me to the designers blog I was like..OH!!! I HAD NO IDEA! And before I could send an email to spoonflower explaining the situation my name had already been drug thru the mud. Again, thank you for explaining the copyright thing. I seriously have no idea of any copyright rules, and i'm a photographer. Perhaps thats something I need to look over sometime. Thanks, xoxo Melissa
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Thank you. By the emails and messages I've gotten on my website/blog/email you would think I was Michael Vick killing those pore innocent dogs or some serial killer. I apologized, I didn't know that I was doing something wrong, I didn't know that I couldn't use someone elses design, even thought I didn't know it was someone elses design. As soon as spoonflower contacted me...I contacted spoonflower back, apologizing. I contacted the designer, and apologized, and then contacted this blog and apologized to everyone here. I've done everything I can do. But I'm still getting the hate mail, so apparently thats not enough.
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- I do understand it's just as bad. When mentioning livejournal I was just trying to explain that there was NO WAY of me knowing where it came from. I had no idea.. and like I said earlier when I saved it to my computer and eventually uploaded it on spoonflower for fabric I never had any intentions of anything bad. I just thought it was okay to upload a design and print out fabric.. I never knew that it had to be YOUR design. My cousin just started at IU as a freshman this year. I wanted to get my aunt a custom made IU purse for christmas. So I was planning on taking an the IU logo and repeating it onto fabric and then uploading that to spoonflower. Would I have gotten this much grief from all of you if I would have done that? I mean it's the same thing right...but I'm attacking a big school and not a indie artist..or whatever you guys call it. I'm just so tired of everyone pointing fingers at me..instead of wasting your time coming on here and bashing me and sending me the hate mail and all the dirty words why don't you look thru spoonflower and see who else is doing it.. AND..they're probably doing it on purpose... They spoonflower account is probably full of 4 or 5 different designs from all over. I HAD 1 design! I ordered 1 yard from it! I had 1 purse made! My intentions were not malicious!!!
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I never said it was my "orignal design." I said that I took a snipet of the design that someone had on their livejournal and repeated the fabric (copy + paste) until it was a large enough pattern that I could use as a background on my livejournal. once i decided it would look cool on fabric i took the image that i had repeated and uploaded it to spoonflower as a "repeat fabric." accept my apology, don't accept my apology. it really doesn't matter to me anymore.. I have apologized to the two people that were most effected by it and as long as they forgive me for a completely honest mistake than thats the best I can do. I have been in tears today over this and i'm to the point now that I'm over it. I hate seeing my name be dragged thru the mud and ruckus and everything else. I don't know you...so I don't care what you think of me. I will say I'm glad that you emailed me today and I was able to email you back so that you understood where I was coming from. There were other spoonflower members that wouldn't put their email or name on it but would call me terrible, hurtful words. I only wish people felt this strong about the environment, animal rights, etc. and instead of pointing fingers at me, someone who honestly didn't mean any harm by this and made a mistake, would turn their dirty words towards someone who is hurting animals, killing people, hurting the environment...etc. I know that stealing is a terrible crime but i did not realize i was stealing someones work.
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Brenda - Thank you so much for explaining it to me like this. I honestly understand much better now. I mean I do understand copyright and stealing and all that...considering I am a photographer. I just wasn't seeing this aspect of it I guess. Once again, Thank You! Melissa
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I'm not exactly sure of the date. I'm pretty sure it was atleast 2 years go. I've had my laptop since December of 2007. And the image is on my desktop which I haven't really used since 12/07 after receiving my laptop. I'm not exact on the date. When I decided to use the design for fabric I did log onto my desktop to email the image to my laptop. Believe me, don't believe me. That's fine. I don't have to prove anything to you. The two people that was most effected by this which was Stephen of Spoonflower and Yasmine were both apologized to. I mean don't you think if I was doing this on purpose and actually trying to somehow get pleasure or make a dollar from this my account would have been full of peoples work and designs?? but it wasn't. it had 1 design. which was this one. because it was an accident.
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I am not happy with any of this.. traffic, attention, etc. I wish that spoonflower would have just deleted everything...and never mentioned one thing. But they didn't..and now I have to live with that. It was a mistake. I wasn't aware that this was someones design. I apologized.
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Thanks for sending me the hurtful words. I apologized to the parties that I effected and I've apologized to the members of spoonflower. I made a mistake. People make mistakes. Luckily, this mistake was found and fixed before any major damage was done. I didn't kill someone, I made a mistake by not thinking about what I was doing. The good thing out of all of this is spoonflower is more aware of these types of situations and the designer of the image is getting 5 free yards of fabric.. And on top of it all her awesome work is now being shared with more people than it was before.
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Brenda - When I saved the livejournal icon to my computer, edited it, and uploaded it to spoonflower. I was only using it for personal use. I wanted tree fabric to make a purse/reusable bag. I IN NO WAY was trying to make money off of it. If I would have known that it was actually someones design who was selling it as fabric I would have just ordered the fabric from her in the first place. I had no idea... I will use this experience to help educate others. Thank you!
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Thank you for your kind words. I hate that I caused such a problem and I wish I could take it all back. But..if this brings the orignal designer lots of new fans and new business than I am happy that this fabric is shared with so many. It's a wonderful design. Thank you!
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Thank you for reminding me. I did go thru facebook and delete everything but I forgot about twitter. I went thru and its all gone. Thanks again!
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sent an email to stephen and an email to the design creater but now I'd like to post this to the members of spoonflower. I apologize for all of this. I was NOT AWARE this was someones design. Over 2 years ago I found a livejournal icon with this design on it. I loved it so much that I wanted to make it into a livejournal background. So I saved the image to my computer and opened it in paint shop pro. There I spent hours repeating and retouching it to make it look the best it could. A few months ago I came across spoonflower and decided that the tree image would look amazing in a reusable shopping bag/purse. So I uploaded it to spoonflower and ordered me some fabric. I had NO IDEA this was someones design and hardwork. When I was contacted by spoonflower telling me it had been chosen to be in the christmas fabric contest I was soo excited. I love this tree design SO MUCH so I was so glad that I could share it on spoonflower for others to enjoy too. I still had no idea this was someones design. When I received the email earlier today from Stephen telling me that it was someones design and that my account was deleted from spoonflower and that they were going to be putting it on the blog that I had stole it. I was so confused. I obviously misunderstood the whole thing. I wasn't aware this was someone elses design. I just thought it was some livejournal icon that they had got from who knows where and I didn't know I couldn't use it. I wasn't trying to make a single dollar off of any of this. I just really loved the fabric and wanted others to enjoy it too. I have a purse made out of this fabric that I carry around everyday and I love it. I had NO IDEA I was doing anything wrong. I sent Stephen/Spoonflower an apology letter. I understand why I'm not receiving my 5 free yards of fabric and I understand why I'm suspended from the site. I am hurt though because it truely was a misunderstanding. I have an etsy shop and I design things.. I know that stealing is not right. I didn't know I was stealing. I started a photography business this year after getting laid off from my job and I know how important it is to be original and be yourself. I want to apologize to all the member of spoonflower. But I am asking all the members of spoonflower to please understand that I made a mistake. An honest mistake. I'm also asking that you may not be able to forget what I did but please forgive me for what I did. I am also asking to please stop sending me hate mail and leaving mean comments on my blog. Please respect me that I made a mistake and that i've learned from it. I asked Stephen to please remove my website from the spoonflower blog. But I'm not sure if it is going to be removed or not. but I'm asking you from one person to another please don't post mean and hurtful things on my website and business blog. I am trying to make a living like everyone else and this could seriously hurt my photography career. I am asking you to please understand that people make mistakes. I am very sorry. If you read my personal blog or my twitter or my facebook...you would see that I'm a very honest and trustful person. I would NEVER do this on purpose. Once again I apologize to all the spoonflower members. I know the damage is done and there is nothing I can do to fix this. I apologized to Jasmine and explained to her that this was NOT INTENTIONALLY. Please don't cause anymore damage by bashing me on my website like the above person did. She got on there and left hateful and hurtful words but didn't leave her name and email for me to email her and explain the situation. So I'm posting it here for everyone to see. I'm so sorry. xoxo, Melissa
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