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Topic: Do NOT buy from Opelika Sewing!!!  (Read 3768 times)
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« Reply #10 on: February 08, 2010 05:48:29 AM »

If you hotlinked an image from somewhere else, that is more than frowned upon.  It is stealing bandwidth, something that costs money.  Always upload images you are going to use to your own site or image hosting account.  And I mean always.

Uploading images to your computer and reposting them can be stealing as well.  Unless the images are clearly marked plublic domain, you have the copyright holders/owners permision too do so, or they are your original images, it's best not to download them and repost. 


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« Reply #11 on: February 08, 2010 07:20:38 AM »

Exactly so.  Make your own images or ask for permission to use existing ones.

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« Reply #12 on: February 08, 2010 07:27:54 AM »

I think what the whole point of the original posters problem was the way they handled it. I am pretty sure she realizes that she should not have used it, as it has been reiterrated for her if she hasnt. But the image was one from Singers website as she stated in her post, it was an image that the Ophelia company took from Singers website in the first place. So not saying that makes it right but why get their panties in such a bunch over an image that was not theirs in the first place. I understand the whole bandwith and stealing it and so and so but the fact that they are supposed to be a professional company and they are engaging in online bullying basically is just sad.

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« Reply #13 on: February 08, 2010 01:45:50 PM »

Whether Ophelika's reaction was justified or not is up for debate, but in either case, I don't think I'll ever buy from Ophelika. I live outside the US and with the added cost of int'l shopping + added risk of something going awry during the process, I can't afford to deal with a company that conducts itself so unprofessionally.

I used to work in a situation where I had to deal with frustrating clients from time to time. When I was justifiably angry or annoyed, everyone would support me--boss, coworkers, etc.--but if I had ever dealt with my anger through mocking the client, or some underhanded, anonymous way, I would have been fired. Not because I was wrong to get angry, but wrong to react in a way that would have made the company look like it was run by fifth graders.

I have to agree with you - I don't think I'd ever do business with this company if I found myself in a position to do so.  While what the OP did was initially wrong (hotlinking), the immature and petty behavior of the company's representative would make me wonder if I would receive professional service from them myself - especially if something went awry.

It is possible that the company has Singer's permission to use their photograph.  Many times when you carry a company's product, they allow you to use their stock images.  Regardless, Opelika has no legal standing when it comes to protecting the picture (except for the hotlinking) - if Singer, the copyright holder, wants to pursue the OP, they would be the only ones who could force her to take it down.

However, calling the kettle black is still probably justified, because I'm pretty sure Bill Murray isn't getting any royalties for that picture that was posted on the OP's blog.

Did the OP check and see if they had replaced the picture on the website with the Murray picture or if they had changed the web address so it wouldn't publish to their own site?  That would be hilarious to see, randomly, and would also warn customers of the crazy... Tongue
« Reply #14 on: February 08, 2010 02:08:47 PM »

You don't need to replace the original picture to do that.  There is a technique used to avoid hotlinking that makes it possible that, whenever somebody tries to hotlink one of your images, there is a redirection and what comes out on display is another image, chosen by the owner of the original picture.  This is what I am trying to implement in my own website, although I am not sure I want to put something like that...  and definitely I wouldn't chase infractors until they got tired of life!  I don't have that sort of time in my hands for wasting!

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« Reply #15 on: February 08, 2010 02:12:07 PM »

I had hotlinked the image, so it was in their right to ask me to take it down. But there was no reason for them to harass me, call me names, and be so rude.

They kept harassing me, so I was forced to block them from my email account and my blog. Hopefully they'll leave me alone, and hopefully they'll never treat someone as badly as they did me!


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