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Date: 6/11/11 10:34 PM

I have a Facebook account and have "liked" the Vogue, Butterick, and Mccall's pattern pages. Every few days each of the pages features something that a sewing blogger has sewn. For a while I thought that perhaps the bloggers submitted their pictures to be featured, until my own pictures showed up in my news feed under the Butterick page.

I have been featured twice now; the first time they never asked about using my pictures and the second time someone left a comment on my blog saying they had used my pictures, after I had already seen them on the Facebook page. I'm not trying to sound negative, but it seems to me that a commercial company should, you know, ask before they swipe my pictures off my blog. I would probably say yes if they asked, but it just seems a bit odd to me that I don't find out until after the fact. Just to be clear, they do leave a link to your blog under the pictures.

Also, since I have a Facebook and have "liked" the pages, I usually find out rather quickly when they've used my pics. However, since they never ask I think it would be reasonable to assume that some sewing bloggers have been featured and don't even know it.

Am I just being paranoid and a "negative Nancy" or does anyone else find it a bit odd that they use the pictures without permission? I understand that it generates a little bit of blog traffic, nothing spectacular, but I guess I just would like a heads up that they put my pictures out there. Should I start watermarking my pictures?

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Date: 6/11/11 10:40 PM

Whoa, seriously? I know putting pics on a blog makes them subject to being taken, but I'm more than a bit surprised that a commercial place is doing that. I mean, I suppose I shouldn't be, but my naivete keeps kicking in....

I tried to figure out how to watermark my pics a couple of weeks ago, but wasn't successful. I think I'll try again.

Sorry this happened to you - it could be considered an honor, but frankly, I would not feel honored; I would just be pissed.

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Date: 6/11/11 10:49 PM

I'm with you - it would bug me. I would also probably say yes, but the correct (and legal) thing to do is to ask for and receive permission, especially since the pattern companies are essentially using your photos for their advertising.

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Date: 6/11/11 10:50 PM

Yes, I have heard of this. I won't "friend" or "like" anyone who isn't somewhat known to me already. There was a discussion recently about something similar to this:
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Date: 6/11/11 10:57 PM

Yes it happened to me. They did leave a comment mentioning I was featured on their Facebook page but I didn't like not being asked first. Like others I probably would have been flattered and said yes, but the way it was done didn't sit well with me. Like someone coming into my wardrobe, borrowing my jacket to show someone else how well made it was, but not telling me until after the fact. It's only flattering if you are asked first.

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Date: 6/11/11 11:04 PM

Just for clarification, you don't have to "like" their page for your pictures to show up on it. I don't have my last name on any sewing sites that I've joined, nor on my blog, so they have no way of knowing if I was a fan of their page.

I don't know if you can see the pages if you don't have a FB account but here are the links to the pages if you'd like to see what I'm talking about.
Butterick FB

McCalls FB

Vogue FB

I have noticed that some people who are featured comment under their photos, but I prefer to not use my full name on all of my sewing sites so I don't want to comment on the pictures since it would show my full FB profile name.

I just wish they'd ask first.

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Date: 6/11/11 11:32 PM

Could this be one of those things that they feel they own the results since you used their pattern?
I do agree that they should ask first.

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Date: 6/11/11 11:56 PM

I've been tagged twice on the Vogue site, and I agree, they should ask first, what's more, they should send us some patterns for being tagged... and fabricsince we are helping them merchandise their patterns.... or a position in their company... cause I wouldn't mind that job at all. Pattern tester.

I would be most happy with that.


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Date: 6/12/11 0:24 AM

Hmm, pattern tester, I think I'd like that too. I'd definitely settle for some free patterns though. :]

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Date: 6/12/11 8:48 AM

I agree it would be all nice and legal if they asked first, just in case I want to say No...

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