Nail bloggers generally follow an unspoken code of conduct. I know there are some variations in how strictly nail bloggers follow these rules – I was pleasantly surprised awhile back when I received an email from Ash-Lilly asking if she could post my Half Moon and Roses picture in her blog because she wanted to do her own version of it.
I started wondering if I had “misbehaved” by not asking for permission from other bloggers when I used their pictures. I always link back to the original post and state clearly that the design is based on someone else’s, and to me, it’s ok as long as you don’t pass off someone else’s idea as your own. Then, on the other extreme, there are those who are incredibly unethical, who just steal pictures and pretend that the pictures and posts belong to them.
This post is being written because today I found a blogger who posted a design very close to mine, and it’s such a special design that I would recognise it anywhere. I also found a design of hers that is identical to one of the designs on the Pink Room nail art board. There was no description of the design or any explanation of sources that inspired her, only pictures of the designs. I know she is/was a student in Pink Room and that she read/reads my blog, so that prompted my suspicion as well. What do you think about this?