I have a voice....
and I want it to be heard.
I can make a difference.
I can be an advocate for change.
I have a team on my side.
Thoughts have swirled through my mind as I've wondered what to say... how to approach this issue. How to share how violated I have felt. At this time, I choose not to share much, but I will share this:
I want you all to be aware that if you have images/pictures posted publicly ANYWHERE on the internet.... they are not safe from the users on this website - www.polyvore.com. It does not matter if your images are copyrighted, watermarked, etc. - they can clip an image from ANYWHERE the members have access to, and they have. Pictures of babies breastfeeding, pictures of small children, etc - it goes on and on. The original purpose of this website was for fashion building. It has somehow turned into a sick and twisted, strange "role-playing" site. I have spent much time on the phone with employees of Polyvore (they only have 7 employees), hours and hours on the website pouring over and contacting photographers and websites with stolen images, making lists, taking screenshots, documenting phone calls, gathering an army.... person by person. When talking to one of the co-founders of the website he said that "most of the community are assholes." Sorry! I'm not one to use that word.... but we need to know what we are up against. I asked him how he was going to address the issue of innocent children being victimized on his website. His only response was that they didn't have the means to currently address it and that they would have to rely on the community to flag inappropriate behavior. Rely on a community of "assholes"? I guess I can't understand that.
I am grateful for blogpatrol. Grateful that I felt the need to check it and recheck it. Grateful for the HUNDREDS of pages of reports (of IP addresses, what people viewed on my blog, how long they were there, etc.) that they have sent to me to help me in this situation I am in. They have been quick to get me whatever I needed. I have to say this again.... if you do not set your blog to private, you MUST put blogpatrol or some other kind of sitemeter on your blog. You MUST check it! You must watermark the images - that is the only way for me (or anyone else who is helping me) to find other victims.
Currently, there are still stolen pictures of mine on this website. I want them gone.... every single one of them.
You can contact Polyvore. You can ask them to block their users from clipping from your blog or website. Just be aware that there are still ways around it. They can still get your pictures if they want them, even if Polyvore does block your images. There are petitions against Polyvore. Do a little google search and you can find the petitions and their phone number. THEY HAVE GOT TO PUT A STOP TO STEALING PEOPLE'S PICTURES!
ETA: Just because a picture is somewhere on the internet does NOT mean that a member of Polyvore can use the picture. The images are often copyrighted - and therefore should not be used unless given permission by the photographer. I do not intend to have Polyvore closed down. I can see that there is some good in the website. I can also see how many members have not been educated on what is and what isn't allowed. As of today, I can see how they are trying to make some changes. As of today, my pictures are gone.