According to The Social Media Examiner, “Copyright laws were established not to give the author the right to deny their work to other people, but instead to encourage its creation.”
That sounds great until you see something that you are a part of modified and twisted for someone else’s intent… i.e. a blogger photoshopping a cosplayers image with the head of an actress on it for an article they are being paid to write. That’s the real life situation the cosplayer known as ‘TheStylishGeek‘ found herself in on February 16, 2013 when she came across one of her cosplay photos modified for the site Screen Crush.
” I’m flattered and all, but that’s my body you’re using in that picture and the copyrights belong to http://threemirrors.net. “
A couple of people commented under hers, but seeing as this happened in February and this is now March, i doubt being caught red handed is going to do anything… after all, this is the Internet. People steal and modify images literally ALL of the time.
It can be argued that this falls under fair use, and that there literally is as some would say ‘no harm, no foul.’ But by the simple rules of netiquette that i learned literally in the 8th grade almost 15 years ago, this blogger, Britt Hayes, is both unprofessional, and a coward*. It literally takes no time to send an e-mail, comment on a deviant art, or contact people in some way.
People have used things that I’ve breathed life into before, and it’s flattering when people ask for permission, and stings like hell when people do not. She was literally used for her body. I may not be a woman, but that has to be incredibly degrading.
Outside of flaming a blog, which I do not recommend, there is something you the reader can do to maybe lift up this woman’s spirit. You can vote for her Han Solo cosplay in The Geekie Awards Epic Cosplay Contest over on Facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/TheGeekieAwards?v=app_448952861833126&rest=1
*Yes, I know how ironic it is to say someone is unprofessional, and in the same sentence accuse them of being a coward.