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Kinky Weave Companies Stealing Pictures of Popular Naturals For Advertising

Avatar • Feb 24, 2014

Popular Instagram naturals Leanora (SunShine_726) and Beedoelv have had their photos stolen and used in an ad for “virgin Mongolian” extensions sold by a Chinese company.

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The ad features photos ripped from Instagram (you can see the originals here and here) and deceptively portrayed as weave.

So far, the ladies have been unsuccessful in getting the seller to take the photos down. You can get more details on the situation here.

A big SMH to this! Ladies, have you ever dealt with theft of your natural hair photos?

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Missc
Missc
6 years ago

…yes…which is why I am no longer on Facebook O_o

Tia
Tia
6 years ago

This is horrible! It’s like you have to put a watermark on every picture to avoid things from being misused.

Lily
Lily
6 years ago

I feel like Chinese sellers do that on ALL of their products. I remember I was buying a beanie from eBay, and I ran across the same image multiple time from different sellers. After some research I found out that all of the Chinese retailers had stolen the same image from a different website in order to market their products. It was so ridiculous.

imani
imani
6 years ago

This is why I don’t post pics on my FB page& why I ask my sis to stop putting up photos of us/ me on FB! she doesn’t get my issue with privacy.I have ONE profile pic& that’s it! How is it legal to use ur likeness without permission of financial compensation??id gather other victims & launch a mutlimillion dollar suit against them & any hair company using my likeness without my permission.they don’t want 2 pay for hair models so they resort to theft& stealing?AND false advertising with no disclaimer that the hair pictured is not actual their product!… Read more »

Teafie
Teafie
6 years ago
Reply to  imani

It’s not legal. It can either be defined as appropriation (stealing someone’s likeness or brand to promote something else) or false advertising. It’s 100% illegal. But this is another country and their rules might be different…

Alisa
Alisa
6 years ago

This is ridiculous and offensive to the original owners of these pictures. This information should be spread around on all of the social networking sites, and we should boycott making purchases from companies that engage in this type of behavior and demand that they remove these pictures from their sites and apologize!

Naturalbeauty
Naturalbeauty
6 years ago

I’d love to see them bring a lawsuit and win millions in addition to a percentage of each pack of hair sold for life.

timber24
timber24
6 years ago

Surely there are laws against false advertising? Bait and switch tactics?

Credit should be given where it is due.

But in the name of money, what’s that?

Dananana
Dananana
6 years ago

Are they attempting to take action against the sellers in China or the distributors/importers in the US? If they want anything to come of this, they should do the latter.…China has its own rules, namely that there are none when it comes to commercial applications.

Shanna
6 years ago

Very simple fix.…watermark all your photos. There are plenty of programs on the web that are free(for a limited time). If you are a frequent pic sharer, then invest in a watermark software.

Teelove
Teelove
6 years ago
Reply to  Shanna

just watermark the pics it’s no way you can track down that Chinese seller and sue them from America sorry but they shouldn’t waste money trying to pursue it they could have found there pics anywhere Pinterest and tumblr are full of other people’s unwatermarked pictures

Gabbi
Gabbi
6 years ago

Do people know that once you post a picture on Instgram it now belongs to Instagram and they can do what they want? Its in the contract you agreed to when you signed up for the website. The only person that technically can sue is instgram.

SuzyQ
SuzyQ
6 years ago

seems like they can take them to small claims court.

Felicia
6 years ago

Companies all over the internet have been doing this and it is NOT acceptable! I’ve seen bloggers, vloggers, stylists, and even celebrities complain about their pictures being used for advertisement by cheap companies that would rather steal someone’s images than create their own. Watermark your images ladies.

-Felicia
lotussaturday.com

Legallynatural2
Legallynatural2
6 years ago

No you cant take them to any court or any sort of class action suit, you loose rights to your stuff when you post it to FB, Instagram or etc. You have no privacy nor ownership so If you want to stay private then don’t post. Just sayin!

Dee
Dee
6 years ago

You don’t lose your rights to your pictures when you upload them to Facebook or Instagram, that was very quickly removed from their privacy policy and “clarified” on their blog because it is illegal. The problem isn’t Instagram, it’s that these sellers are overseas and it’s hard enforcing it. Their best bet is to contact the actual sites the seller has their pictures listed on.

Love JAH
Love JAH
6 years ago

I’m trying to figure out if it was my face, would I be outraged and upset…I keep coming up with, nope, not one bit. Thanks for the exposure. As many times as I see and am guilty of reposting pics of ladies with gorgeous hair, I can’t see how there is a major difference. (Outside of them profiting from using my image/likeness) in this case when it’s shuffled around Facebook, you don’t get a pay day either…#kanyeShrug

Dee
Dee
6 years ago
Reply to  Love JAH

Reposting a picture is not the same as stealing a picture for a product so that you can give the impression that the people in the pictures used the product and the picture is the end result. It’s fraudulent and the only exposure you would be getting is that you’re a liar and you use weave to look the way you claim to look naturally. They’re making money off of their faces and it’s illegal.

AllyCat
AllyCat
6 years ago

They may not be saying that this picture is of the weave but rather this picture represents the texture of the weave. People should stop putting their pictures and videos out there and then getting mad when there is money or a hillarious GIF made. Its free domain not copyrighted.

Tyler
6 years ago

Oh hecks no! I would have a lawsuit out before they could blink! No sir!

Tyler
http://www.onelittleblackdress.com

Sabrina Antoinnette < link to instagram profile

This is just wrong on so many levels. So, apparently it’s okay to steal content from consumers, but definitely a lawsuit driven war when a consumer EVER tries to take content from a corporation?

**excuse me if I am wrong***

O_O => Speechless.

Jasmine
Jasmine
6 years ago

This company was using Nikki Mae’s and Diimpluz(youtube) photos.

Mai
Mai
6 years ago

You can actually can sue someone if they do this regardless of if it’s posted on facebook or instagram. BUT, in this case, you would sue the seller, but unless they have a lot of money and time to go through the process of finding that person in China and extraditing them to the US, there isn’t really much they can do.

Candise
Candise
6 years ago

Which is why I don’t even put my pics up on FB!

lauryn
lauryn
6 years ago

Not saying what the company did is right, but (1) This is nothing new, and (2) Know your rights (or lack thereof).

People love to say what’s legal or illegal, but most don’t even know what’s in those privacy statements you click ‘yes’ on after having scrolled to the bottom without reading.

Missy
Missy
6 years ago
Reply to  lauryn

Unless I misunderstood what was said, I could have sworn there was an announcement stated that as if blah blah date, companies can now use people’s instagram pics free of charge and without their consent. Though it can happen on any site, but this is the reason why I didn’t create one.

Karen
Karen
6 years ago
Reply to  lauryn

How do you know the product is what they say it is, if the picture is not a true representation of the product? Then the problem become yours. I won’t do business with a company that. LIES!!!!

Chel
Chel
6 years ago
Reply to  lauryn

Yup! Facebook (which owns Instagram) has a policy that allows them to use your photos that you post however they wish too (mainly advertising purposes). When you sign up for Facebook they don’t hide the fact that they are allowed usage of you photos. That’s why I hardly post selfies.

liones14
liones14
6 years ago

… who cares?

Monica Kay
6 years ago
Reply to  liones14

I think you would care if it happened to be your picture.

Monica Kay
6 years ago

And so it goes. Some people will swipe pictures of anything. I had to report a retailer on amazon for swiping my images of a similar product on ebay. It was just a neoprene lunch tote but I was still ticked. Of course watermarking is one solution but image theft is related to copyright infringement and should be reported to the consumer service unit of AliBaba immediately.

SamtheDiva
SamtheDiva
6 years ago

This actually really irritates me because I’ve also seen youtubers who do weave tutorials photos stolen. It’s all false advertising and that is not the hair you get, and it may not even be truly comparable.

Yolanda Renee
6 years ago

The same thing happened to me on the same website. One of my curlfriends told me about it on my twitter page. I was shocked! I didn’t even try to get them to take it down. I knew it would be a waste.

Cynthia
Cynthia
6 years ago
Reply to  Yolanda Renee

Yolanda!! I loved your bantu knot out video on youtube, and your daughters are adorableeee!!!!

Deedeemaha
Deedeemaha
6 years ago

It seems to fall under false advertising.

D.
D.
6 years ago

Possibly you can make your page private and block or refuse to add any sketchy page. But with the Instagram fame comes serious risks.

jocelyn
jocelyn
6 years ago

This is the creepy thing about Facebook and instagram that you skip in the terms and conditions, once you post your picture its public domain. Its fucked up.

Mayaah
Mayaah
6 years ago

A hair compagny products used 2 of my picture for selling her products on her facebook page she lied to so many people. Cause I had a great growth with castor oil. The funny thing is she used my pictures then asked if she could use it to sell her products I said no cause I didn’t used her products. She used my pictures anyway she still follows me on Instagram I didn’t told her about the fact that I saw that she used my pictures on instagram now I watermark all my pictures. she will understand herself. since I… Read more »

Dorian
6 years ago
Reply to  Mayaah

Watermarking is one of the best ways to protect images, and I hadn’t thought about that. Thanks for the heads up.

Monica Kay
6 years ago
Reply to  Mayaah

You can also send a DMCA takedown request.

Karen
Karen
6 years ago

How do you know the product is what they say it is if they post false representations??? Then the problem becomes yours because you made the purchase based on what you thought was truth and fact. Ask, why they did not use their product to create the picture? Hmmm. Maybe it does not look the same. Be and educated consumer. Be blessed

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Maggie A
6 years ago

I would just tell me to compensate me with the product they are selling lol.

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Maggie A
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ElleBella2011
ElleBella2011
6 years ago

These companies have been doing this to us for ages. If you want this starlets hair buy this one or that one. They never show the product on a clients head i.e. these products are made by companies were we (black people) don’t reside, so they use the next best thing. Which raises the question why are we not make this product and selling it to your community. Hummmmm.

sandy
sandy
6 years ago

This swiping of pictures proliferate on the net. Pinterest is one of the primary places(even though they have rules saying that you need permission to use copyright photos) that this happens. I also see it on sites like Tumblr and even many websites and blogs. If you use anything it needs to be under creative commons or you need to ask permission. Look at facebook for example: how many people do you know who use the avatars of famous people? I think some of the companies are exploiting people; they probably know that many don’t know their rights. And to… Read more »

Dee Dee
Dee Dee
6 years ago

Not only human hair but Diet companies are taking photo’s of people who keep journeys and they take their pictures they haven’t used the diet products!

there should be a law against this

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Audra
Audra
6 years ago

Instagram’s policy still allows for your data and photo’s to be used in ads if you follow the company. Instagram says…“[Y]ou hereby agree that Instagram may place such advertising and promotions on the Service or on, about, or in conjunction with your Content. The manner, mode and extent of such advertising and promotions are subject to change without specific notice to you.” NOT SAYING THESE LADIES FOLLOWED THE KINKY WEAVE COMPANY ON INSTRAGRAM OR FB. JUST A WARNING!!!

Kelly
Kelly
6 years ago

Yes, watermarks on the photos would help, not posting photos would help on social networks, but we all know many women are not going to do that. Besides, Black women’s images of their long, thick natural hair has inspired and helped many of us with our hair. If that’s the case, then no Black woman should have photos on this site! If you post any photos publicly, they are vulnerable to this type of thing. That said, I actually think that some of us are the bigger problem. Black people have more power than we think we do. Too many Black… Read more »

Mika
Mika
6 years ago

This is exactly why I don’t trust Instagram, Facebook, twitter etc. Once you put your pics on their servers they own them. They can use them or sell them to whoever they like.

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