Most of us know John Chow and the fact that he made himself a name by developing his personal brand around the sentence “root of all evil”. Well, he didn’t steal that name and even if he doesn’t advertise it anymore it looks like he has no problem ripping off other people work without asking for permission.
If you are a regular visitor of Dukeo.com you probably know about the “Who is” post series which features some big names in the internet industry. For those of you who don’t know the post series, these post are biographical posts and include a caricature that I get done by a professional artist.
These caricatures have a price: around $100 each. And John Chow copied 3 of them on his website in this post, without asking for any permission or even dropping me a word by email, Facebook or Twitter. Basically he just ripped me off for $300 work I got done FOR Dukeo.
The funny thing is that, in his great generosity, he did include a link at the end of his post: “Caricatures by Dukeo.com”. Come on John, I know you are not stupid, and you know as I do that this link doesn’t imply that these caricatures were made FOR dukeo.com.
This reminds me of the obvious intended confusion John did put in one of his post during Affiliate Summit West about the “Affiliate Summit Pinnacle Awards for Best Blogger”. In that post John was saying how honored he was to be holding the award (even though he was not the one who won it). And the confusion was so obvious that at least half of the people who commented on the post thought he had won it!
I’m going to conclude this rant by saying that these caricatures were reproduced WITHOUT any permission from the owner of Dukeo.com!
John Chow, Remove my caricatures from your website, or change the caption to this (including links):
As I am a nice guy, I’ll even make an easy code-box for you to copy-paste:
Caricatures made by <a href="http://dukeo.com">Dukeo</a> for his "<a href="http://dukeo.com/who-is/">Who is</a>" post series which features: <a href="http://dukeo.com/who-is-john-chow/">John Chow</a>, <a href="http://dukeo.com/who-is-zac-johnson/">Zac Johnson</a> and <a href="http://dukeo.com/who-is-jonathan-volk/">Jonathan Volk</a> among others.
John, you’re not new in the game, I’m pretty sure you know the rules regarding image copyrights. Being an A-list blogger doesn’t mean you can do whatever you want with other people’s work. And next time you want to use some material from my website, ask for permission beforehand!
What do you think? Let me know in the comments below!