Letter to The Craft Club (and to all others "sharing" images on Pinterest and elsewhere)
As I said, I'm sure you hadn't considered that this type of "sharing" might be a criminal act, but the law does see it that way. Even more importantly in my opinion, is that it's so morally wrong -- and I would think, by your talk of "care packages" and "troops" and "mother's day" you would agree with me.
Think about it. Every image that you pass around on Pinterest or in a group like this, or via email is then passed around again by the people who get it free from you. Pretty soon -- and I am telling you this from my own depressing experiences this year -- nobody needs to buy the stamp anymore because it's available for FREE thanks to you. Some of what "USED TO BE" my most popular images (including the one you have in your album here) no longer sell in my shop. My income has dropped more than 30% this year. Can you imagine if someone suddenly cut off 1/3 of your income? Would you be able to pay your rent? Feed your children?
Now look at the huge collection of Magnolia "digis" you say are from your personal collection. I've seen those all over Pinterest, so I'm pretty sure you mean you collected them from Pinterest and did not scan in the stamped images yourself. Now the thing is that Magnolia does not create digital images at all, so someone (or many someones) have scanned in all their stamped images and are sharing them as digis. EVERY SINGLE digital Magnolia image you see or share is STOLEN. A customer may not make their own "digi" from a rubber stamp. If you want the digital version, buy it from the store. If the company doesn't make digital stamps, you are just out of luck -- just as you'd be out of luck if a book you wanted only came in hardback and wasn't available for your e-reader. (Or maybe you could write to the company and suggest they sell some of their images in digital form.)
Digital stamps -- even ones given as "freebies" are not allowed to be shared except by the artists themselves. It is NOT OKAY to share a freebie on Pinterest or anywhere else. Stealing an image from an artist is "as bad" as shoplifting, and even more harmful as then our work is copied and shared by countless others thanks to that first illegal share.
Let me repeat -- there should not be a SINGLE ONE of my, or any other stamp companies' unwatermarked (neither colored nor black and white) stamp images either posted, sent or shared online by crafters. Anywhere. PERIOD.
Is that so hard to understand?
So, my dear, I hope you take my words to heart - and I mean that. Because until all crafters (no matter how nice they are in real life) realize that art is NOT FREE --and until they stop sharing and stop using images they haven't paid for -- crafters like you are personally responsible for destroying the businesses of already struggling artists. It's not fair to the artists, and it's not fair to our "real" fans who do pay for the art they love and want to use.
Good for you MO!