Prometheus Creations’ owner Irine Abbot admitted today that she used one of Eve Kazan’s allegedly infringing snapshots in her company’s marketplace listings – without Kazan’s permission – only days before filing her DMCA against the blogger. Abbot modified the all rights reserved image and uploaded it to use in her Second Life Marketplace listing.
“I admit, I used the photos for the MP listing, out of rage mostly after I saw (them in) the post,” said Abbot, “and then I calmed down and realized it was stupid and took them down.”
Abbot admitted her own infringement of copyright of Kazan’s work, immediately following a comment Kazan left on Monday’s blog post, where she claims “i made an AR to LL because Irene didn’t tell me she was using my photographs. And then the pics was removed, i have never said to Irene i was unhappy to see my pics on her product. Did she removed herself the pics or LL did, i dont know, but if i’m remembering well, i did my AR before talking to Irene.”
Abbot added: “They were up for less than an hour actually, not one day, not a couple, and certainly not 13 months like (Kazan’s) blog post. Never got an AR notice from LL about them.”
Kazan said she is revealing this information now, in response to wide-ranging criticisms she received claiming that if she had only complied with Abbot’s initial requests to adjust her snapshots by crediting Abbot’s brand, she might have avoided the DMCA claim.
Abbot herself said: “If you had shown a minimum amount of understanding, and willingness to cooperate with me in solving this, none of this would have happened. Instead you completely dismissed my request, muted me, and literally forced my hand.”
Kazan said: “She stole my photos since couple of days maybe more without to ask me, and she’s asking me to remove my photographs of my blog ? that was exactly my way to think at this point. And her request was so new to me, i have thought it was just a threat. And after i have answered her to not remove my photos, she has sent me a long legal message, the same i have recieved (sic) by wordpress.”
Attempts to reach out to Kazan for further comment were unsuccessful. WordPress continues to block the photos on Kazan’s blog post.