Dear Pirate — Why???
Now, I may ask you to register for my site to download my kits … but my freebies are free for all. Why do you find it necessary to post my freebies under your user id for download from sites such as http://www.lightpic.net??? Some say I should feel privileged that my work is good enough to be “pirated” … o.k. … I refuse to swear (on my blog) … but the initials of what I want to say regarding this statement is B.S.
Because I do ask you to be a registered member of my blog to download my kits, I now know you are a registered user. I will eventually figure out who you are and will share your name with the world. You should be ashamed of yourself, but I know you aren’t. My years spent working in leading edge computer and web technologies (I started using HTML before the first book was published) gives me a pretty good idea of the type of person you are.
To the rest of you, who are not pirates, all I can ask is that you not use sites such as http://www.lightpic.net and others who provide a platform for the pirates of this world. They are the creeps who provide downloads of items (scrap kits and other copyrighted files) that are the property of others, for free, without the individual at least getting credit or financial compensation for creating the content.
In my case, I already provide all my items for free, so it’s mostly an irritant; however, these people provide downloads of content that a designer (copyright owner) only earns pennys on the dollar when you purchase it legitimately. Those pennys are often the designer’s only source of income. When you download this sort of content without paying for it, you are no better than the pirates that make this content available … you are a thief.
Enough ranting … preaching … whatever … for now. I need to redirect my thoughts towards the hundreds of you who would never do this and, in addition, leave wonderfully, supporting comments that truly make my day. I currently have 490 registered users and I’m sure that 489 of you are legit. Please help me to keep it this way.
However, if you see anything that I provide for download from a site other than my blog (unless I’ve mentioned it … like the current Designer Darling Contest), please let me know. In fact, if you see anything by others posted on these illegitimate sites, let me know. I am somewhat fortunate that I’m retired AND have the skills/knowledge/time to deal with this kind of stuff … and I will. I only need your help. Just picture that dog that gets hold of something that it refuses to let go of … that’s me … especially when I’m … not happy (actually, the initials are P.O.)