Post # 1
I’m posting this as a warning to other brides – sorry if this is a bit of a rant. Still can’t believe this happened!
Yesterday, I received a PM from another user on this site who was concerned about something she found online. I am so thankful she brought this to my attention!
An online dress replicating site (DHGate) stole my personal photos from this site and is currently using them to try and sell custom/replica versions of a dress I am wearing. They didnt even crop my head out of the pic to make it less obvious! I have seen on many replica sites, companies using the original designers model pictures but this is the first I’ve seen of them using someones personal photos.
Here is the link to the ad on their site:
Here is the thread where they stole it from:
Thankfully this isn’t my dress(I switched a few months ago due to dress regret). I was never worried about posting photos online and having people see me in a wedding dress if it came up in a google search etc – but I never would have expected a replica dress site to steal my photos.
I am so mad this sleazy company felt it was okay to try and profit off my personal photos! I have contacted the comapny and demanded they remove them or face legal action. So we’ll see how this plays out.
Post # 3
@SupermansSweetheart: This has reminded me I think this has happened before, like a couple of years ago to another bee
Post # 4
Sorry to hear that, it sucks.
Just be aware tho, if it is an Off-shore Company (ie China)… there is very little you’ll be actually able achieve thru threatening with legal action.
Which is exactly WHY there are unscrupulous companies out there doing this kind of thing…
Because they can (and do) get away with it.
Post # 5
@CatyLady: So frustrating! I emailed them last night and told them they had 72 hours to acknowledge my email and remove the photos. I think I was more then generous in that time frame.
Post # 6
@SupermansSweetheart: Too right you were, hope they listen and take it down, it makes you feel vulnerable doesn’t it
Post # 7
@CatyLady: Very much so! I was just trying to figure out who the seller is and it looks they have done this to a bunch of other people! Tons of photos of other brides in dresses at bridal salons!
Post # 8
I’m not surprised. Once something is online, it’s not really yours anymore. But, what you can do is leave your own watermark on your pictures like I’ve seen over at the purse forum. Example:
you can see how user “ame” protects her images.
Post # 9
@BlondeMissMolly: can I ask what that does? having your watermark?
Post # 10
@soontobemrsm11: well for one it would discourage many people from using it since it’s distracting to the purpose of advertising a dress, plus it makes it obvious that that image belongs to someone else so people would be less likely to use it in a way that isn’t agreed upon.
Think about it like this: if you were selling a knock off dress and you found an image in a google search that was unaltered, you might think it’s a great promo picture. But if you found a picture with someone’s name/watermark on it, you might feel like that looks stupid/unprofessional to try and rip it off.
Post # 11
It’s really unfortunate. I was actually googling my dress yesterday, and saw that one of the china shops was using photos of at least two different ‘bees!
Post # 12
Ugh! I’m so sorry this happened to you! It’s also a weird picture to choose, since you’re holding the neckline down to make it a sweetheart. I’d be really confused about what the neckline looked like if I was shopping their site. I’m not personally opposed to dress replicas, but this is just really shitty of them. 🙁
Post # 13
@carrotstick: I don’t mind the idea of replica dresses either, in fact I almost went that route. My issue is with the seller on DHgate stealing personal pics and using them to try and profit – and it’s creepy!
They keep telling me it’s been removed but It hasn’t :S
Post # 14
Wow. You should contact DHGate directly if the seller isn’t being responsive.
Post # 15
The same thing happened to me within this past month. I messaged them, and DHGate. DHGate didnt undertsand me, and tried to get me to fill out trademark paperwork (that didn’t apply to my situation) and after three messages to the seller, the finally replied back “it’s sold out. sorry.” and marked it as sold. I was so angry, but whatever, I can’t do anything now.