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Oh Victoria. So sorry for what you’re going through. It is simply criminal what this company is doing.

Your plan for the future, though, sounds absolutely terrific. Count me in.

Hope you get some much needed downtime this weekend. Take care.

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Thank you so much, CeCe. You've been so supportive from the beginning and I so appreciate it. You have a lovely weekend, too! xx

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What a cynical and predatory business model. It doesn’t seek a constructive remedy to a live complaint from the creator; it’s just a money-grabbing scheme. I’m really sorry this is happening. I know you are always diligent about crediting others when possible.

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Thank you so much. It is indeed, predatory and awful. Thank you so much for noting my diligence on crediting! It's always been a priority of mine. x

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Feb 17, 2023Liked by SFGirlByBay

This sounds so stressful Victoria. Also frustrating. I'm so sorry this is happening.

I'm all in on your future plans - personally I love studio and home tours from artists and designers so this is right up my alley.

xo - M

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It has been, Martha, but I'm moving on. I'd love to share your studio and your work, too, if you'd ever be interested. I'm so glad you like the new plan! xo

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Feb 17, 2023Liked by SFGirlByBay

Hi I think that sounds like a very positive way forward and I’m so sad that you have been subjected to this it’s unbelievable - I will be subscribing to your substack from next month as I love your work and find it so inspiring always . Sparking much much joy here in Cape Town so thank you x jeanne

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Thank you so much, Jeanne! It's been eating away at me for months so it's just time to move on. I so appreciate your subscription - all the way from Cape Town. I love knowing your reading all the way over 'there'. xo

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Feb 17, 2023Liked by SFGirlByBay

uuuuggghhh.... It so pisses me off when small business, in your case, posting colorful, joyful and inspiring images and content get taken advantage by "predatory" companies on the hunt to make money. sorry, but fuck them.

Onward! Your followers love you and will continue to be inspired by your adventures and your finds. so very sorry you have to deal with this shit. breathe and take a long walk in beautiful Laguna Beach

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Thank you, Dianne! Frances and I went for our morning walk on the beach and it does indeed help! Thanks so much for having my back! x

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Feb 17, 2023Liked by SFGirlByBay

Faaahhhhhkkkkkk! This makes me so angry. It sounds like pure extortion. I wish I was a lawyer, I would volunteer to represent you in a heartbeat. I am guessing you will get a few volunteers. In the meantime...is there anything else we (collectively) can do to? Smear campaigns of said Company on Social? Better Business Bureau calls? Letters to Senators or Representatives? I don't want the assholes to win. Let's fight!

Okay, I am done with my rant. I really do share your frustration.

Your biggest Fan,

Mary Jo

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Exactly my word. F&%k! I think they are too big a company to stir the pot up too much, but I do appreciate the heart of your suggestions. Sadly, they will only come down harder on me and other bloggers. Thank you, Mary Jo!

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How ghastly!! I am so sorry that this is happening to you. As the Roman’s say, Daje! (& the Venetians say Duri i Banchi) 😘✨

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It is ghastly! ;)

I had to look those phrases up and love them both. Thank you so much, Gillian!! x

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i am FLUMMOXED by this horrible episode in yours and others creative life. it’s an awfully greedy thing The They do feeding off everything around them. the weight of it is absolutely felt through your sharing about it. i would not characterize this as personal:

it is absolutely professional and creative genocide.

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I am flummoxed, too!

I guess I take this blog very personally, so although it is my business, it's been my life for 17 years and I have so much time and love invested in it, that I look at it very personally. But yeah, it does feel like a creative genocide. If it were an artist coming after me it would be different, but this just benefits 'the man'. ;)

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i hear you on the love of your work. totally get it . well,you have lots of witness!!

i’m grateful you had courage to share the story. i think there are a whole lot of marbles on our collective dance floor lately. somehow we gotta find the metaphysical sweet spot doing everything possible to keep these spaces human and humane.

i do appreciate your curations.

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Feb 17, 2023Liked by SFGirlByBay

I'm so sorry to hear that you are going through this, Victoria. Delighted to continue to support your creative vision. It is the lovely pause in my day that I always look forward to.

Be well. ~ JoAnn

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Thank you so much, JoAnn. I really treasure your support. xx

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OMG. This is crazy. I’m so sorry you’re going through this. It also kind of freaks me out and makes me want to delete any old blog posts from back in the day! I’m excited for your new direction. Always with you 100%! ❤️

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Thank you, Melanie. It is crazy. It's so sad to me that people can be this greedy with their creativity. Just dreaming up schemes instead of things for good.

Onward! xoxo

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Victoria, I'm so sorry to hear you are going through this. Your blog has been such a source of inspiration from the very beginning, and to think someone is doing this to you (a person who has always shared photographers and artist's work - mine included -with such thoughtfulness and respect) is heartbreaking. I'll continue to be a reader and subscriber, and if the posts are fewer than usual that just means I'll get to treasure them that much more.

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Hi Jen, thank you so much for this comment. It really warmed my heart to know that artists like you know that my intention is always to support the work of artists with respect. You are so kind to say so. What a lovely way of looking at my 'plan of action'. xoxo

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Wow! So many questions-like in the state of CA can you be sued retroactively (is there a statute of limitations) for this, espeically since the images no longer exist online? Is there a possible way to gather up the other design bloggers to possibly stop this predatory practice. I mean I had a blog for sometime and had never thought, since it's down, this could happen but possibly I am missing something? Also, we see the use of imagery to enhance people's instagram feeds, will these company go after them as well?

I am so bummed you would have to lay out ANY money AT ALL, I feel as if you were being bullied, since you have been SO good about sourcing imagery to the best of your ability, for YEARS!! I would never have the patience and determination that you have exhibited. On that note, I am an artist, with a big ole studio, feel free to use any of my imagery, just sayin' ;)

Hang in there! We appreciate what you do!

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Thank you, Monica. It's been challenging for sure. And expensive.

I honestly don't know a lot of the answers to your questions. One blogger I know well went up against her accusers and lost and so she also had to pay their lawyers' fees and her own. So I think we have a lot to lose. And yes companies and lawyers may come after Instagrammers for sharing their images, too. It seems to be a new and predatory business model. :(

Thanks so much for all the support!

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Feb 19, 2023Liked by SFGirlByBay

Wow! That is insanity. Do you know if this just has to do with design photos or in general? How horrible and gross to do this to people as well. I wish we as consumers could file complaints or something. I’m so on board for your next step but also angry for you.

I used to blog as well and my old blog is still up for people to peruse if they like, so I’m thinking about that as well. Just wow.

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I think it pertains to all kinds of images, but I work in design, so that's mostly what I've heard about. Thanks so much for having my back! It is very anger-inducing but we're moving on! :)

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Hi Victoria,

This made me so angry to read what you’re going through, so I can imagine how you feel. So frustrating! 🤬

But don’t worry, I think you have a strong community of followers around you, here to stay!!

Good luck and have a nice weekend ❤️

Armelle

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Thank you for having my back, Armelle. It means a lot to hear all this support from you and others here. I very much appreciate it! xo

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Feb 17, 2023Liked by SFGirlByBay

I remain a happy subscriber!

I wonder: should abandoned old blogs that have photos that are potentially ‘owned’ be deleted permanently?

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Thank you so much, Susan!

You know, I can't answer that but it's a definite possibility. I think what they've done here is let an intern go to town doing reverse google image searches and come up with lists and lists of potential offenders. The list of images they send me was long and often duplicated, so who ever made the list was not very thorough. And many of the images I had permissions for, so I was able to remove them from their claim.

It's super scary, mean and heartless. So whether bloggers take down their old posts or not remains to be seen. I hate that it may happen, but it may be the horribly safe thing to do.

Thanks so much for your support! x

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Feb 17, 2023Liked by SFGirlByBay

OMG….this is awful, I’m so sorry you have been selected by these assholes!! So frightening and stressful, honestly just criminal. I’m totally with ya, I’m in 100%❤️

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Thank you, Suzanne!! I'm so grateful to hear that! xo

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Feb 17, 2023Liked by SFGirlByBay

all the best to you, Victoria! Sorry you are dealing with such hell! We are here for you wherever you decide to go! xo

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Thanks so much, Beth! I am so happy to know that! xx

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