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I wanted to talk about the whole Revlon/Sinful Colors Nail Polish debacle. Here is the Change.org Petition about it. And here is the reddit article about it. Also a blog called Nailed It has a good article about it. Other stories by the Bloggers themselves have been taken down until the situation has been rectified. What basically happened is that 2 independent nail polish bloggers (from outside the US) had their images allegedly stolen by a firm that made marketing material for a nail polish company called Sinful Colors. The marketing material gave no credit to the bloggers whose images were used, removed watermarks from the original images, misrepresented their own brand by using images of nails that were not painted with Sinful Colors polish and misrepresented the nail art techniques by saying a swirled design could be accomplished via extra polish and a toothpick when the actual image of the nail art clearly shows it was a nail art stamp (like a Konad stamp) used for the design. There was a big uproar in the beauty and polish blog-o-sphere. There were complaints posted on Revlon's Facebook page (because Revlon is the parent company of Sinful Colors) and many bloggers voiced their disappointment and anger with the 2 companies for such obvious copyright infringement. I even posted about it on my Facebook page. Revlon has issued an apology via Facebook and claims they are in contact with the 2 bloggers whose images were allegedly stolen. Their apology was:
Dear Revlon fans --- We are aware of the issue regarding SinfulColors and are taking steps to resolve this unacceptable error. We deeply respect the rights of our blogger friends and are taking the following measures:
1. We have reached out to the bloggers, Jeanette and Mary, to apologize and quickly resolve the issue.
2. We are correcting any materials featuring the bloggers’ images as soon as possible.
3. We are putting additional measures in place to prevent this from happening again.
Please accept our heartfelt apology and know that we are doing everything we can to make things right.
That's nice..at least they addressed the concern since they are the parent company of Sinful Colors. Revlon itself had nothing to do with creating the marketing materials. But what has bothered me the most about this issue is the number of people making statements on the Revlon Facebook page saying:
(Names and Profile photos have been hidden to protect the ignorant)
That's what is really bothering me...well that and the missing comma from Mrs. Purple's statement. This idea that it's "no big deal", that, "this stuff happens all the time", that "hey, the bloggers are getting free publicity", that taking images off the internet that aren't copyrighted isn't illegal and that we should all "get a life". These people and the mo-rons that liked their comments are truly puzzling to me. It is NOT alright, it IS a big deal and those images were protected under copyright laws regardless of having a fancy © symbol or a watermark on them. This kind of apathy towards outright illegal actions makes me worry for the future. This, "well it didn't happen to me" or the "Everyone is doing it anyway" attitude is the reason that so many things in the world are broken. Just because it didn't happen to you, doesn't mean it won't affect you. When did it become every "man for himself"? What happened to community? Those that retort with, "This kind of thing happens all the time." makes no sense to me. Murder happens all the time, does that make it OK? Should we stop prosecuting people for murder because it's so common? Bank Robberies happen all the time. Should we stop jailing the thieves because, well, it's gonna happen anyway? Of course not! That's NOT how this world should be. It makes me sad that there are people out there that think a bloggers photos are "free" and that bloggers should be happy for the traffic. I can't pay my mortgage with unique page views from my blog. Most importantly, when you photoshop out the watermarks and don't credit the bloggers in the first place how is it supposed to drive traffic to their blogs?
I really don't know where I'm going with this other than to say how deeply saddened I am that there are people out there that think it's no big deal and that just don't care. Perhaps I had unrealistic expectations of people understanding that this kind of thing is wrong. Perhaps it is "every man for himself." That would explain the ridiculous sense of entitlement I see by people on the internet. It would explain the increasing inability to accept personal responsibility for ones own actions. When did we as a society become so disconnected from empathy and compassion?