Monday, July 6, 2009

Bonanzle Says There is Nothing They Can Do?

A few weeks ago there was someone that had "used" someone else's code to build Bonanzle templates. When this is someone that does this for a living and another comes along and "uses" someone else's code this in my book is theft.

Anyone that does code has a unique way of doing it and they know their own code, not to mention there is always or for the most part, things that are in the code that are really not needed to make the code work. It is just their style of code.

When this was brought to the attention of Bonanzle support, nothing was done. It was OK with them, there is nothing we can do.

This happened to me, however it wasn't a code, it was only a picture. Now let me tell you this is NOT a picture that I would have stolen from someone, it is far from being a good one. However, it is mine and it was my time that went into taking it.

I too contacted support about it. The reply that I received from them was pretty much, if it's not copyrighted then, we can't do anything.

Not exactly the answer I thought I would get, but it was an answer.

So, if you are selling you really need to watermark your pictures. I have added another picture with the original picture that is watermarked, "stolen from BrightestBlessings". Did I think I would ever do something like this? NOT in a million years! However, I use one stock picture and the rest of them I take. I use my time to take them, my time to up load them to my computer and my time to name each of them. Do I consider this stolen property? Yes I do.

If you do not want anyone using your pictures, watermark them, this might not stop a thief, however, it may make it a little harder for them to "grab" your pictures and use so easily.


  1. Yep thats so true. Nothing is sacred to those who wish to take what is not theirs

  2. I remember when this particular incident happened with the HTML code and I can completely understand where the original designer is coming from. I design my own templates as well and I can't tell you how many times I have seen them, or pieces of them, used on other people's websites or listings. I've had it happen with pictures too. Any picture that I take I watermark. I personally think the image looks better without the watermark but at least with this form of protection I know most people aren't going to try to steal it. Or if they do, they at least had to work for it. :)


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