If I Were The Presiding Judge Over "cake Laws"

Decorating By __Jamie__ Updated 16 Sep 2009 , 3:28am by indydebi

__Jamie__ Posted 14 Sep 2009 , 11:09pm
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....my first ruling would be to ban decorators from posting stock (purchased-not their own work) photos (flawless, Lambeth style, perfectly pristine, not a fondant fold or smeared dot to be seen) on their sites to pass off as their own work. icon_mad.gif

It's almost worse than outright ripping off photos from other decorators.

That's all. Very frustrating to see this. You may now return to your regularly scheduled programming. icon_cool.gif

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CountryCakery4 Posted 14 Sep 2009 , 11:34pm
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Stock photos? Who does that? icon_surprised.gif Isn't that what ethics are for? icon_confused.gif (It's OK, sometimes I prefer naivete over realism. It keeps me from getting too cynical icon_lol.gif )

maryjsgirl Posted 14 Sep 2009 , 11:36pm
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Floral shops do this too. It kind of reminds me of fast food restaurants. You see this huge wonking burger on the commercial and when you actually get it...well... thumbsdown.gif

__Jamie__ Posted 14 Sep 2009 , 11:39pm
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Originally Posted by CountryCakery4

Stock photos? Who does that? icon_surprised.gif Isn't that what ethics are for? icon_confused.gif (It's OK, sometimes I prefer naivete over realism. It keeps me from getting too cynical icon_lol.gif )




Unfortunately, it is done. If I say much more someone will take offense, for sure. icon_rolleyes.gif I don't think anyone I'm thinking of hangs out here, so....

I mean, really. Get some dummies, practice, and post your pics. Mine were atrocious when I started out, but it's called work work work and get better! Sheesh, I'm not even close to where I want be, but doubt I'd ever have the nerve to post a picture of a cake practically off of the cover of Martha Stewart Weddings (not the mag, the big awesome book with the Lambeth monstrosity on the cover) and insinuate that you can do it. Especially when the onnnnnnne pic of yours that you do have posted....probably would qualify for a refund in my book. thumbsdown.gif

__Jamie__ Posted 14 Sep 2009 , 11:40pm
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Floral shops do this too. It kind of reminds me of fast food restaurants. You see this huge wonking burger on the commercial and when you actually get it...well... thumbsdown.gif




Yeah, and that usually works out in the customer's favor, ya know? Just go back in the next day and get a refund?

That doesn't quite work out in the wedding cake world. You don't get a "do over". icon_sad.gif

LaBellaFlor Posted 15 Sep 2009 , 12:49am
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People buy stock pictures?!?!? icon_lol.gif Thats just unbelievable to me. What in the heck do they think is going to happen when they are asked to make the cake?! icon_confused.gif

__Jamie__ Posted 15 Sep 2009 , 1:03am
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http://www.istockphoto.com/file_search.php?text=wedding+cake&action=file

Just look at all of them. Yours for as low as 37 cents! icon_biggrin.gificon_biggrin.gificon_biggrin.gif

indydebi Posted 15 Sep 2009 , 1:09am
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I used to get so frustrated at hubby because he was always telling people, "The pictures on her site are HER foods and cakes. She made ALL of that." I'd tell him he didn't have to say that because everyone uses their own pics; that it was a GIVEN those were my cakes/foods.

He told me that car dealerships use stock photos, that's why he told everyone at the dealership that. Shortly after this conversation, we came across a website that obviously used stock photos, plus ironically about that time there were a few threads here about phony cake photos.

I was floored.

I mean, it never ever crossed my mind to put photos up that weren't mine, so I couldn't imagine someone who would. I. Never. Imagined.

I guess I still have a little of the naive country girl left in me, huh. icon_redface.gif

Sh1McDonald Posted 15 Sep 2009 , 1:23am
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I'm very puzzled at why one would do this. What happens when the bride orders her dream cake and the decorator can't do it?

LaBellaFlor Posted 15 Sep 2009 , 1:26am
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-icon_surprised.gif What the @*#&?!?!? I would have never thought!

Indy I don't think it's the country girl left in you, cause I'm a city girl through & through. I think it's just the integrity in all of us.

__Jamie__ Posted 15 Sep 2009 , 1:49am
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Look at how many dang pictures there are. All drop dead GORGEOUS cakes. That many people seriously signed the rights away to their creations? It amazes me. I stopped looking after page 12....of 32!

LaBellaFlor Posted 15 Sep 2009 , 1:59am
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You know I am the worse for taking pictures of my work, the absolute worst! I know I definetly need to up my pictures. I could aslo do some of those cakes with no problem, BUT I still would NEVER use someone else's picture! And you know I was looking at a site & the pictures just looked so from a magazine, just too staged. Now I know where they got them from! thumbsdown.gif

DefyGravity Posted 15 Sep 2009 , 2:00am
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Originally Posted by LaBellaFlor

People buy stock pictures?!?!? icon_lol.gif Thats just unbelievable to me. What in the heck do they think is going to happen when they are asked to make the cake?! icon_confused.gif




It'll probably end up like this!
http://cakewrecks.blogspot.com/2008/09/i-think-ive-just-been-punkd.html

playingwithsugar Posted 15 Sep 2009 , 2:08am
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Yes, I've seen more than a few Wilton pics, pristine edges and all, on other people's websites.

Theresa icon_smile.gif

CakeMommyTX Posted 15 Sep 2009 , 2:28am
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hahaha I totally recognized one of those cakes and sure enough I checked out the website where I saw it and there it is front and center, but....click on the photos tab and it's cake wreck central! icon_surprised.gif
I mean come on if you are going to lure customers in with an awesome stock pic the least you can do is commit and post all stock photos! icon_wink.gif
LMAO, I want to call and order the stock cake and see what they say ! icon_lol.gif

Loucinda Posted 15 Sep 2009 , 12:16pm
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I'll never forget the day I realized that people BOUGHT gumpaste flowers for their cakes too - I always wondered HOW do they get such perfect flowers (when some of the cakes were not so great.....) Then someone POSTED that she used purchased gumpaste flowers.....DUH. boy was that an eye opener for me!

Stock pics are not good - not honest at all, but it sure beats those that steal others pics and claim them as their own. icon_mad.gif

Mensch Posted 15 Sep 2009 , 12:26pm
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And please, if you have gone to all the trouble and expense of purchasing all those stock photos, please don't add a pic of your own cake at the bottom. You know, the one done all in Wilton stars.

Bluehue Posted 15 Sep 2009 , 12:53pm
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My face hurts from laughing at the Tiffany Box in the Cake Wreck site -Thanks DefyGravity ..... icon_wink.gificon_cry.gif


I guess it is a good thing then that you see a bit of my dinning room table or work bench in most of my cake pics - icon_redface.gificon_redface.gificon_redface.gif

Someone copied my Yellow Gerbera Cupcake photo off this website and posted it on their overseas website and called it their Orange Daisy icon_eek.gificon_cry.gificon_cry.gificon_cry.gificon_cry.giftapedshut.gificon_mad.gificon_cry.gificon_cry.gificon_cry.gif

Then i found out and lets just say - its not on their website anymore
Bluehue went Ballistic that day - thumbs_up.gif
Not a pretty Bluehue at all - *insert evil laugh*

__Jamie__ Posted 15 Sep 2009 , 2:14pm
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Originally Posted by Mensch

And please, if you have gone to all the trouble and expense of purchasing all those stock photos, please don't add a pic of your own cake at the bottom. You know, the one done all in Wilton stars.




Funny thing....that's very nearly what was done!

LaBellaFlor Posted 15 Sep 2009 , 2:20pm
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Originally Posted by Mensch

And please, if you have gone to all the trouble and expense of purchasing all those stock photos, please don't add a pic of your own cake at the bottom. You know, the one done all in Wilton stars.






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cylstrial Posted 15 Sep 2009 , 5:19pm
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Originally Posted by __Jamie__

http://www.istockphoto.com/file_search.php?text=wedding+cake&action=file

Just look at all of them. Yours for as low as 37 cents! icon_biggrin.gificon_biggrin.gificon_biggrin.gif




Wow! I had no idea! That is seriously sick and wrong!

ccr03 Posted 15 Sep 2009 , 5:26pm
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Yeah, in a local newspaper, one of hte ads featured cake photos from Wilton and "CAkes to Celebrate" book! I recognized them right away & told my family about them! Unbelievable!

melmar02 Posted 15 Sep 2009 , 5:31pm
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Bluehue - how did you find out your pic was on someone else's site? It seems like you would have to search all day to see if someone was ripping off your photos.

I don't have to worry about this yet, because I'm still not very good. But I'd sure like to know for future reference!

Thanks!

__Jamie__ Posted 15 Sep 2009 , 5:33pm
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Everyone who is concerned about protecting their photos should go to www.picnik.com and watermark them! It's free and looks snazzy. Even though persistent thieves will photoshop your watermark right off and even (gasp!) add their own, it's a good deterrant for the lazier ones. icon_biggrin.gif

diane706 Posted 15 Sep 2009 , 6:23pm
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Originally Posted by Mensch

And please, if you have gone to all the trouble and expense of purchasing all those stock photos, please don't add a pic of your own cake at the bottom. You know, the one done all in Wilton stars.





HeeHeeHee... Good point Mensch!!!
Jamie, can the watermark can be photoshopped off of the picture even if it's dead center on the pic without compromising the integrity of the pic itself??? It would take a person with a serious lack of conscience to steal pics and claim them as their own! Some people.... AAAAHHHH!!
Happy caking everybody icon_biggrin.gif

__Jamie__ Posted 15 Sep 2009 , 6:24pm
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Originally Posted by diane706

Quote:
Originally Posted by Mensch

And please, if you have gone to all the trouble and expense of purchasing all those stock photos, please don't add a pic of your own cake at the bottom. You know, the one done all in Wilton stars.




HeeHeeHee... Good point Mensch!!!
Jamie, can the watermark can be photoshopped off of the picture even if it's dead center on the pic without compromising the integrity of the pic itself??? It would take a person with a serious lack of conscience to steal pics and claim them as their own! Some people.... AAAAHHHH!!
Happy caking everybody icon_biggrin.gif




Someone who is good with photoshop can, even not good with photoshop. It's just a matter of blacking out and filling back in with surrounding colors. It ain't hard!

timhenk Posted 16 Sep 2009 , 1:38am
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Funny, my wife actually suggested that I put stock photos on my website rather than making dummies, and I told her "NO WAY!" I couldn't imagine doing that. Not a chance in he!!...

madgeowens Posted 16 Sep 2009 , 1:58am
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All those photos have the words "stock photos" or something right over them so how can you use them? Are you saying someone in cc is doing that? I am sorry.....I am trying to play catch up here and figure out what your talking about....not doing too well ...is that what you are saying? What would be the point? or are you saying they are using these in a business? Again, to what end...if it comes out looking bad...would not take long for the word to get out....I never ever get dirty jokes either hehehe

CountryCakery4 Posted 16 Sep 2009 , 2:15am
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Madge, it would seem (as hard as it might be to imagine) that some people actually think it is OK to use these photos to promote their business on their website. ie: they buy a stock photo (which removes the watermark) and post it on a website in which they offer their services as a cake decorator. A person surfing their site would think it was their work! icon_mad.gif And from what I've read, it would also seem that there might be one or two CC'ers who have done this. But I'm sure it's got to be pretty rare around here. HTH

madgeowens Posted 16 Sep 2009 , 2:29am
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ahhhhhhhhhhhh.....now I get it..........thank you.....you can tell mine are not stock pics hahahahaha.......

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