With that being said, I ask that my words not be misconstrued or taken out of context. I do not want these words to be criticized on social networks. I am well aware of all the “talk” that has been going on concerning this. Even if my name was never mentioned, we are not dumb to the fact that I screwed up. For this, I apologize, to everyone. I hurt people’s feelings by such a petty act of ignorance.
Now, my story:
I received the most precious gift from a friend. She wanted to gift me a lovely new design for my blog. And that is exactly what I received.
One evening while I was trying to prepare a blog post I realized that I didn’t have all of the font graphics that I needed to complete the post. My designer was incredibly busy, so I decided that while I wait, I could see what was available at Google Images for me to use in the meantime.
After a very short time of searching I found the word graphics I was looking for and all in the same font. Yay! I thought. This would be perfect until the others arrived. After finding the fonts, I then searched for block-quotes. There were hundreds and hundreds of them so I chose maybe four or five and decided I would then put them into a draft and practice working with them. Once I had it looking good, I did a quick copy and paste into the post I had made.
Approximately two weeks go by and I received a very concerned email from my designer. (This was on Jan. 22nd). Apparently, someone went to her and was claiming that the images that were in my blog post belonged to someone else and they wanted them taken out. The message that was sent was brief and not very detailed, which left me confused but still I did as she asked and removed the "said stolen" images. After doing so, I assumed the craziness was over. Welp, I was so very wrong. The supposed owner of the graphics in question was now accusing me of replacing the first "stolen" image with ANOTHER stolen image.
I found it best to pull my blog until I could get it all taken care of and fixed, and approved by the other party involved. My intentions were only to make my blog post look better. My actions were done out of lack of knowledge. I sincerely apologize to the blogger that these were taken from and I did remove all images as soon as I was notified.
This has stirred up so much hate and animosity towards me. If someone would have contacted me from the very beginning and asked me to take them down, I gladly would have. I’m left extremely embarrassed and didn’t mean to hurt the owner in any way.
I go to Google Images often, just like so many others do. Until this matter arose I had no idea that using those images were not legal. I also would like to stress again that if the owner of the graphics would've just asked me to take them down in the very beginning of this mess, I certainly would have. Nonetheless, the outcome has already been decided. I am basically being judged and given a guilty verdict without my story even being heard. Also, due to the mega drama and negativity surrounding me and the situation the blog tour involved in the mentioned post has been canceled.
I'm just hoping people will understand that I'm not this crazy, malicious person. Bottom line, under rules of copyright or trademark usage, she should have given me notice to cease and desist - if she wanted to be legal about it. Instead she is making me look like an evil, vicious individual that has no respect for others.
I fixed the issue in question as soon as it was brought to my attention, yet I am still getting tons of backlash and being like I've done nothing to rectify the situation. (Yes, even if my name is not mentioned in the owners post about me). The talk isn't just about the issue at hand, but me as a person, my credibility, my intentions, and what I represent as a whole. I really don't understand why I am still being harassed when I've corrected my mistake as soon as I learned of it. There is nothing else that I could possibly do.
I have shared my story with you, from my point of view. Now, I ask that you please take everything into consideration before judging me too harshly.