Mother Finds That They Stole Her Children’s Photos And Photoshopped Them Into Another Family

Photo: Jennifer Borget

Photo: Jennifer Borget

Jennifer Borget’s hobby is one that is fun and easy to do. She blogs about her family’s life and its almost like her own personal diary that anyone can read. Her children are really cute, and this was the target of some internet trolls, who stole her kids’ picture and photoshopped them into a Olivia Pope and Fitzgerald Grant selfie.

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The picture was brought to her attention by one of her friends that found the image on a Scandal fan page. After months of trying to do something about the issue, Borget posted an essay on the subject:

Image: Thrivegorgeous

Image: Thrivegorgeous

It’s more than a little disconcerting. People ask how I am not losing my mind over this, and the truth is, I have. I’ve tracked down and contacted numerous websites and asked for my family’s photos to be removed. I’ve sent a dozen cease and desist letters. Most came down without a response. Some came down with a profuse apology.

At times I’ve cried and considered shutting it all down. I know some people want to victim-blame and say it’s my fault for putting it all out there, but that’s completely ridiculous. I’m not asking for people to steal my photos. You wouldn’t steal from a parenting magazine; don’t steal from me.

But I pull myself back up and remind myself to not let a little bad overshadow all the good that’s come from my blog and sharing my story.

I’ve reached out to other bloggers who have fought similar battles, and I’ve shared some of my frustrations with my husband, who is much less patient than I am. He has a good sense of humor if a meme featuring our faces is funny, but he isn’t thrilled to see our images in capacities outside my blog. My daughter is still too young to really understand (definitely too young to know who Olivia Pope is), but as she gets older, I will really need to reevaluate and to discuss with her how much of her image we want to continue to share.

Image: FlickrHIvemind

Image: FlickrHIvemind

To people who love grabbing photos off the Internet, I understand you may have come across the photo in a random Google search, but that doesn’t mean the image isn’t attached to a real person and a family and is a stock model for a meme. Not only is it wrong, but it’s illegal and could end up costing you a lot of money.

If you love a photo and want to share it, just ask permission. Chances are, if you’re wanting to use one of my photographs in a blog post and link back to me, I’ll probably give you the A-OK. It’s not OK to use someone else’s photographs without explicit permission.

And to parenting bloggers with cute kids, consider this your warning. This is one of the downsides.

Article: Yahoo Parenting