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It’s no secret that image theft has been increasing between crafters lately – especially Silhouette Cameo and Cricut small business owners. Today, I want to share what is okay to do with someone else’s photo – and what isn’t.
What you can do with someone else’s photo:
- Post it on a social media site with credit to the photographer/or business owner of the image. If you can include a link, that is even better! If you can’t find the source of the image, say that you can’t find the source or do not post it.
- Pin it (save it) on Pinterest with a link back to the where you found the image online.
- Save it for your own use to use as inspiration. (Don’t copy it, be inspired by it.)
- Contact the owner of the photo and ask for permission to use their photo.
What you cannot do with another crafter’s photo:
- Advertise it as your own photo.
- Use someone else’s photo to sell the same product.
- Example: “I can make this for you for $XX.”
- Example: “I sell these.”
- Use another crafter’s photo to ask your customers if they are interested in buying a similar product from you.
- Use another crafter’s photo in a collage of things you make.
- You are not allowed to crop or block out another crafter’s watermark to try and pass it off as yours.
If you are ever in doubt about using a photo, simply ask yourself: “Did I take this photo?” If not, you cannot use it to sell something unless you get permission from the owner of the photo.
So, why can’t you do these things? First, it’s bad business. You should use photos of things you make to sell rather than profiting off the work of another crafter. Second, it’s copyright infringement and you could possibly be sued because it is illegal.
Help spread the word with the images below. Pin them on Pinterest, share them on Facebook, Tweet them, put them on Instagram, and plaster them across the groups that you are a member of. I truly believe that crafters take the photos of others because they don’t know that they shouldn’t.
Since 2015, Christine Schinagl has been helping crafters start and run craft businesses through her blog, Cutting for Business. As a Silhouette and Cricut crafter herself, she has a unique take on what works and what doesn’t work in the craft business world. She also teaches a course on creating digital SVG designs, available at How to Design SVGs.