Remember the time someone impersonated me on a forum?

Or the time someone impersonated me on a social network?

(Let’s not even mention all those times I’ve popped up modelling shoes and makeup on other people’s eBay accounts. Whoops, just did!)

Can you even BELIEVE that would happen again, readers? Because I didn’t. I figured I’d already been impersonated more than most people are in a lifetime, so my run of bad luck was surely over. But no. Because this morning, one of my readers (thanks, Anna!) emailed me to tell me about this blog:

“What are we supposed to be looking at here?” you’re wondering. I mean, it’s the blog of someone called Libby, not Amber. So what’s the big deal? Well, just scroll down the sidebar, and…

Oh, damn, my secret’s out. All this time I’ve been letting you all call me “Amber” and claiming to be a “writer” of sorts. But the gig’s up, folks: actually my name is Libby – sorry, “libby” – and I’m just a regular girl who doesn’t know how to use capital letters or apostrophes!

See that “slideshow”? If you click it, it changes to another photo:

Aaaand, it’s also me! And obviously I am JUST THRILLED to be associated with the complete inability to spell even basic words like “friends”, because that’ll be REALLY good for my professional reputation! Just wait until you see “my” first post!

Now, I know many of you will think it’s mean of me to be making fun of this blog, but to be honest, when you steal my photos and try to pass them off as your own, all bets are off. Because when you place photos of me next to this inane text speak, (The words, “my name is libby” directly underneath two photos of me obviously creates the impression that I’m the one writing the blog) you’re making me look like an illiterate. And I’m perfectly capable of doing that myself, thanks.

So I left “myself” a comment:

Somehow I very much doubt it’ll be approved…

P.S. Just to address the advice I always get when I post about these issues: yes, I watermark my images – or at least, I have done so ever since the first time this happened. Unfortunately it doesn’t stop people doing this because, as you can see, one of “Libby’s” photos is a close-crop of my face and the other was a banner on this site: I’d have to place the watermark over my face to stop people being able to crop it out. And no, right-click disable doesn’t make the slightest difference either: it can be worked around in two seconds with “print screen” or the “scissors” tool in Windows 7.

  1. Why do people do this? If you’re uncertain about how you look, just don’t put a picture on your blog then, “libby”, instead of using someone else’s picture. Really sad, actually…

    1. I know, it makes no sense to me: I mean, even if someone complimented the photos, it would be ME they were complimenting, not her, so where’s the satisfaction in that? And if her blog became popular, she would just be exposed as an even bigger fraud…

    1. I think it’s more likely to have been the blog hosts than her – quite a few of my friends reported it, so they probably just removed the images. I’ll be interested to see if she has the guts to apologise – probably not.

      Thanks again for letting me know about it 🙂

          1. I’m not sure she’s figured out how to approve comments. It looks like all those “sorrryyyy”s were posted as replies. She’s just generally clueless, isn’t she?

    1. Lol! I know! She could at least have given me that!

      Actually, I’ve also just noticed that she has Google Adsense on her site too, so not only is she stealing my photo, she’s hoping to make some money. I should send her an invoice..

  2. If you’re going to pretend to be someone else, why not at least use pictures that are in the creative commons, that people allow others to use? (Not that I’m advocating doing that, but there’s just no logic here.) I guess it’s a compliment in a twisted kind of way, but I’m sure it’s one you could do without!

  3. yikes, this is pretty bad form!
    I’m sorry to see this, it has happened to my artwork more times than i care to recall. I am also quite used to people cropping out my watermarks. They often use my images as their icon then even add me as a contact on twitter, facebook, etc.

    Regardless, you re one of a kind, and i highly doubt anyone who reads your blog would mistake this crap for your own.

    I don’t blame you for retaliating.

  4. Phew – I am glad that the administrators took this down. The DMCA take down notices are usually pretty effective when lodged if you haven’t got enough people to complain en masse.

    Can I use you as an example in a talk that I am doing on Legal Issues in Blogging next week Amber?

    1. Yes, of course, I’d be happy for you to – I really think people need to be more aware of these kinds of issues: I mean, you wouldn’t decide to start a magazine or newspaper without finding out what you were legally allowed to publish, but for some reason people seem to think that online publishing is exempt from the law. I’ve also just had a reader email me a link to two eBay auctions where the seller was using photos of my shoes (with my feet in them) to try and sell a pair of shoes. I enquired where I should send the invoice for use of my copyrighted images, and she very quickly took them down!

  5. You have the face that launched a thousand thefts! … of your face. 😛 I’m amazed that this keeps happening to you. But it looks like it’s all sorted out now (i.e. deleeeeted! :P)

  6. Hi, amber
    I am also Libby, but I wanted to point out that I am not this creepy person who stole your pics! I also tend to spell my name with a capital “L”. 🙂
    Anyway, I love all your blogs and would never steal anything from them!!

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