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Journal Entry: Tue Dec 4, 2012, 9:24 AM
Hello all you beautiful people ,

*Sigh* , I just want to get this off my chest . I'm finding a lot of people on dA starting to copy my photographs .. and it's getting kind of annoying . At first I was like 'okay whatever it's gonna stop' . But .. I still find people taking my ideas and making it into their own photographs and taking credit for the idea . To be honest , I really wouldn't mind if people asked my permission beforehand . If you wanted to use my idea or a quote , then just comment on the picture and i'll be happy to let you use it . It may seem like nothing , but i'd really appreciate it when people ask me to use my ideas . Why ? Because it hurts me to come across some peoples pages and see my ideas amongst their gallery , and see them taking credit for it . For me , it's incredibly difficult coming up with different ideas every day , photographing them and editting them .. and having to go to school , work and revise for exams at the same time . Yes , I admit that sometimes I take inspiration from other pictures to create my own , but I always state that the idea or quote in the picture isn't my own .

So again , if you want to use my ideas just please ASK me . I'll most likey say yes , and i'd just really appreciate it , because what if the same happened to you ? You found someone taking your ideas and copying them into different photographs without you knowing . Thank you so much for reading , I love you all , take care ~ Erin .

  • Mood: Nervous
  • Listening to: Call me maybe ~ Carly Rae Jespsen
  • Reading: Lament ~ Maggie Steifvater
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:iconbritlawrence:
BritLawrence Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
I am really familiar with your work, and your style . i stumbled across a gallery i actually thought was yours for a second, it was so similar.  truthfully, when I find things like this : fav.me/d67khgh it actually really bothers me as well. like a lot. i feel for you, girl. it's just... frustrating. these two are TOO close to be a coincidence. i mean i like them both but she could've at least.. ugh i'm just gonna stop haha. You both are great artists with good hearts and intentions but i really wish.. "people" would start giving credit where and when credit is due, that's all. especially when it's really obviously needed.
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ErinBird Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2013  Student Photographer
aw thank you for letting me know about this . I will talk to you more about it in a note (:
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illionore Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2012   Traditional Artist
I'm sorry you have run into that kind of situations =(

I have heard of this before - and some people just don't seem to care somehow. Luckily dA is on your side in this matter. If approaching them politely first doesn't help, you can easily block their access to your galleries. I know, that loses you a (possibly) faithful watcher - but you have to protect yourself, too.

This is one of those things where the world in your sleep is more beautiful than reality when you're awake.
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:iconerinbird:
ErinBird Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2012  Student Photographer
Ah I didn't know that blocking people restricts them from seeing your gallery (: thank you for letting me know . and yes , it is a shame when that happens .
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illionore Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2012   Traditional Artist
Unfortunately, I had to do this once before. Just dug up the FAQ about this again: FAQ #96: Can I block people from my profile page?
I think, now that I'm reading it again, that they can actually still go to your galleries and view them, but everything else is taken away. You're removed from their watches, they can't Fav your deviations anymore, comment, send you PMs, etc. You can read for yourself.
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ErinBird Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2012  Student Photographer
Ah I see :aww: thanks for the link !
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:iconillionore:
illionore Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2012   Traditional Artist
You're welcome.
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scathing-sanity Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2012  Student Photographer
I understand your frustration... When you come across such things you should probably let them know, since it most likely didn't occur to them that it was taking your vision.
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:iconerinbird:
ErinBird Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2012  Student Photographer
Ah yes true (: thanks for commenting .
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BlackAprilBlossom Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2012  Hobbyist
I'm sorry to hear that :( Did you try to talk with the people who done that?
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:iconerinbird:
ErinBird Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2012  Student Photographer
I have done with some , and i'm thankful for the people who apologized :aww:
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:iconblackaprilblossom:
BlackAprilBlossom Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2012  Hobbyist
I'm happy to hear that! I hope for you these things will not happen again.
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TCiaran Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2012
Above all, if not for respect of a good photographer, it's only common curtosy to ask someone when you borrow their things :/
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:iconerinbird:
ErinBird Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2012  Student Photographer
Yes .. true
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slim58 Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2012  Student General Artist
I hate it when people take credit for something that's mine....
What's worse is having a group project in school. I sometimes end up doing all the work, though the people in my group get credit. For doing nothing. It's annoying ><
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:iconerinbird:
ErinBird Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2012  Student Photographer
Ungh that happens in my school too ! It's so unfair .
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:iconslim58:
slim58 Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2012  Student General Artist
I agree.
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Worldboy1 Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2012
horrible!!!!!!!! :icondafuqplz:
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:iconerinbird:
ErinBird Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2012  Student Photographer
:shrug: ah well
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:iconworldboy1:
Worldboy1 Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2012
but is terrible!
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:iconbronzevalim:
BronzeValim Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2012  Student
ah man that must really stink! it's like an essay where you have to do work cited! hope this doesn't happen anymore. :)
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:iconerinbird:
ErinBird Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2012  Student Photographer
Hopefully :aww:
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CookieTheVampire Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2012  Student Photographer
IT sucks people are doing that to you, most people forget to give credit where credit is due
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:iconerinbird:
ErinBird Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2012  Student Photographer
Yes , it sucks a lot
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:iconenteringmymind:
enteringmymind Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'm sorry that this is happening:tears: I hope it stops.
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:iconerinbird:
ErinBird Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2012  Student Photographer
Same here (:
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DarkQueenDreamer Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2012   Traditional Artist
Aw gurl. D: That's awful! Just goes to show how many biters (copycats) there are these days. :P :iconpissedoffplz: The ones who didn't care and didn't apologize got on my nerves- nothing but a bunch of uncreative twits.

:iconsnuggleplz: Hope things get better. :)
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:iconerinbird:
ErinBird Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2012  Student Photographer
The ones that have apologised are alright , but it's annoying when people ignore my messages about it .. sigh . anyway thanks !
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DarkQueenDreamer Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2012   Traditional Artist
You're welcome! I love love LOVE your work! ^.^
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i-UnKnown Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I also had an idea for a nice quote i found, didn't make a photo yet though..
But the quote isn't mine, it's from a game...
i won't take credit for it, everybody has to know that when they see my art/photo.

It's a shame some people try to take credit for other man's work.. But i guess some people don't even realise that..
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:iconerinbird:
ErinBird Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2012  Student Photographer
Yes , very true and it's a shame
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FuzzyDerp Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
You should have a patrol of people going around and telling them "hey you need to credit ErinBird for this" *shot*
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:iconerinbird:
ErinBird Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2012  Student Photographer
hahahaha :aww:
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JRollendz Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Do you have examples? Because I've seen several photos that are similar to yours that were uploaded before yours, so you need to check the date with it
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:iconerinbird:
ErinBird Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2012  Student Photographer
I do check the date . I wouldn't have made this journal if they were uploaded before myself , but for example , some of the photo's I did in the easter were made by some people in like september and october
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InaAmani Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2012  Student General Artist
Thats really unfair and I feel sad with you :(
Do you write to these people and speak out your thoughts?
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:iconerinbird:
ErinBird Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2012  Student Photographer
Well I've seen it happen .. I think more than 10 times now , when I told some people they were sorry and I was really grateful that they apologised and said they would ask next time . Others didn't care at all .. and some people I couldn't be bothered getting in a mess with them so I just wanted to make this journal
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InaAmani Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2012  Student General Artist
mmmh.. in future there wonīt be a big change I think. There are always some (sorry for the next words) assholes...
But if your problem gets bigger and bigger and more and more people stole your ideas and copy your work you have to act with more ... cruelty...
I know, I sound hard but I think you have to threaten these persons if they donīt stop it...
In the end, you will always have fans behind you, knowing they respect your art and love the inspiration of your art :)
In my eyes its like: Hey, I have to be a good artist, otherwise some persons wouldnt copy my art.
Its a way of there expression to say: I would like to be as good as her. Of course its the wrong way, but I hope you understand the idea behind my words :) (Sometimes I wish I would be American or English, because its so difficult to explain some points of view in a foreign language ..)
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:iconerinbird:
ErinBird Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2012  Student Photographer
Thank you for this (: and your english is fantastic !
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OceanSunset22 Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
That's horrible! I'm so sorry this has happened to such an amazing, inspired person like you ):
it's like writing an essay and not doing the works cited page! >.< and if you know the person will say it;s OK then just ask, it takes 5 seconds people.....
not to mention what they are doing is plagerisim.
Hopefully they will understand now. :heart:
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:iconerinbird:
ErinBird Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2012  Student Photographer
Hopefully (: I wouldn't mind if they asked , but some people don't and it bugs me
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:iconoceansunset22:
OceanSunset22 Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
yeah anything like that bugs me too ):
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:iconmexican-polarbear:
mexican-polarbear Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2012  Student General Artist
I'm sorry! That's horrible. It happens a lot with the type of art you do though, so just keep doing what you love! Hopefully people will start asking you for permission :)
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ErinBird Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2012  Student Photographer
Hopefully and thanks (: i'm happy for people to take inspiration from my ideas , it's just a little annoying when they copy the whole photo and dont ask
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mexican-polarbear Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2012  Student General Artist
Yeah, I know what you mean. Good luck with all that :D
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NintenZero Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Wow, that's horrible... But as they say...
"The farther you step into the light, the greater your shadow becomes."

If you know what I mean~
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fishbowlspace Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2012
Nice quote, is it yours? :D
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:iconnintenzero:
NintenZero Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2012  Student Digital Artist
For the most part yeah. ^^
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fishbowlspace Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2012
It's awesome c:
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:iconnintenzero:
NintenZero Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Thanks!! ;w;
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