NickMom, MotherFunny? Nah, More Like MotherRipOff

So the social media and bloggy world is all a’twitter. On the Twitters, the facebooks, blogs and even major sites like Babble.

“Why?”

Thanks for asking! I’ll tell you. Because they are stealing and not playing well with others. NickMom needs a serious time out. I’m talking do not pass go, do not collect $200, go sit on the naughty mat.

Lemme play catch up for those of you who want to know the full back story.

Once upon a time, there was this awesome website called HowtobeaDad.com They post hilarious stuff for moms and dads alike. Original videos, funny things their wives say, and, the most hilarious original images. Like Godzilla v. Baby and an infographic on skid marks. Yes, you read that right. I dare you not to spit your drink all over the computer screen while reading. I’m pretty sure Charlie and Andy are responsible for at least one of the three laptops I’ve ruined with drinks. ;)

So, all of a sudden NickMom.com has an image eerily similar to the Godzilla v. Baby. Inspiration? Rip off? Either way, when confronted they said they took the image down (after a ton of HTBAD followers probably ripped into them) and tweeted to the boys “Can we still be friends?”

I’m not joking. How condescending is that?!

Okay, I’m kinda bored rehashing the entire backstory so make sure to read ResourcefulMommy.com’s timeline of events, her contact back and forth and how the response thus far has been something I’d equate to a grown-up patting a child on the head and saying, “oh you silly girls, they are just playing around.”

Then read Type-A Mom’s take on things as she is one of the many whom have had their trademarks, copyrights, etc. infringed on. With a “parody” of depicting Type-A Moms in a bad light. Hey! I’m Type A, doesn’t mean I’m an a$$hole like they made the “parody mom” out to be. #rude.

Chewy v NickMom. Back off our Images.

Copyrighted bitches! That means you, NickMom, cannot steal this. Ya Heard?!

You back? Okay then. Now I’m gonna tell you how I feel. Not as a blogger, as, so far, I can’t tell that they’ve stolen any images from me like they have with MamaDweeb and NotJustaHousewife and countless others. But… as a mom.

How you you feel if you are just minding your own business on facebook, stalking ex-boyfriends, spying on girls you hated in high school and chatting with family you regretting “friending” and all of a sudden, a funny site you “like” posts an image of your kid/family/dog/whatever and strips your copyright watermark (if you had one) and slaps their logo on it?

Me? I’d be pissed. Yes, we are a world that loves to post, share, instagram, pin, tweet, etc on a minutely basis, but that doesn’t give a site run by a large corporation like Viacom, branded by a very well known kids channel Nickelodeon, the right to essentially steal your pictures and make money off of them by way of ads on their site.

What would tick me off even more? If I called them out on is and they did the proverbial pat on the head, “oops! My bad, got caught!” and then turned around and did the SAME THING the very next day to another unsuspecting mom.

Shame on you. *finger pointing and shaking with a scowl on my face*

Like I said. Looks like someone needs a time-out. I really hope main stream media catches on to this and makes an example of them. Just because images are cached on google, doesn’t mean they are free reign.

*steps off soap box*

 

 

Emily

Fueled by coffee and wine. Wife to a doc, mom to three boys (one with Autism), a puppy and a tortoise. I knit, I get crafty, I tweet.

Comments

  1. Chalyn Coleman says

    You should check out their Facebook page parents are outraged. They are liars plain and simple. I hope NickMom blows up in their face!

  2. Dawn says

    Thank you for sharing regarding NickMom. I was shocked to learn the backstory and am so glad you shared their disgraceful behavior. As a result, I have unsubscribed from NickMom and contacted Stoller Traffic, which shared a post about NickMom on Sept. 15. I have enclosed my email as a follow up.
    Thanks!

    Dear Stroller Traffic Team,

    I am a regular reader of Stroller Traffic and appreciate the content of your emails and “scoops”. Recently you posted about a new site “NickMom” and encouraged people to check it out. I had already subscribed and agree, the content is very funny. However, only a few days later I read two separate postings on blogs giving several examples of this corporate entity stealing content and images from other sites, stripping watermarks and posting the content as their own. As if this isn’t bad enough, the stolen images include those of individual blogger’s own children who are now on a huge worldwide site WITHOUT THEIR CONSENT.

    I have always felt the quality of Stroller Traffic’s posts has been great, but if you don’t know the backstory of what is going on with NickMom, I urge you to read the links below and consider WITHDRAWING your support for this unethical site. Not only does NickMom NOT follow the criteria of high quality products and sites you consistently endorse, their behavior is a serious and blatant disregard for many individuals work online in other formats.

    http://coloradomoms.com/featured/nickmom-motherfunny-nah-more-like-mother-rip-off/

    http://resourcefulmommy.com/10259/hands-off-our-content/

    Thank you in advance for your consideration.

  3. Emily N says

    Does this remind anyone else of the whole spat between TheOatmeal.com and FunnyJunk from earlier this year? Maybe they don’t remember the smackdown that FunnyJunk received?

  4. says

    They’ve said they’ll take down copyrighted content if the owner asks them to. That’s not good enough. That’s like saying “I’ll break into your house, but don’t worry, I’ll give back your stuff if you realize that it’s gone.” Furthermore, their apologies mean nothing. Saying you’re sorry means nothing if you keep doing it over and over again. If NickMom was sincere, they would apologize and immediately take down all content that they didn’t generate or that they didn’t get permission from the copyright owners to post. And, no, finding some already stolen content on Tumblr or Reddit with the watermark already stripped doesn’t make it ok to post.

    If this were someone’s personal blog, you might excuse this by saying that the person is just ignorant of copyright laws. However, a big corporation like Nickelodeon? They should know better. One wonders just how forgiving they’d be if a blogger kept posted a Dora episode on their blog, apologized, took it down, and then posted another one.

    NickMom no swiping!

  5. says

    That photo is hilarious!!! I love it! Watch out, Nick Mom might steal it saying “10 funniest images making fun of us.” *sigh*

    Seriously, I am waiting patiently for them to release an official statement on this issue. I want to hear them say they are putting policies in place to protect the IP of mom bloggers. Waiting, Waiting……….

  6. says

    I think even more than seeing my photo used, and feeling it was stolen from me, what would make me the angriest, is the whole safety issue. If I share a photo online, I decide who to share it with. Granted if it’s on my blog it’s public, but *I* make that decision, as a parent. I’m not giving companies permission to use the photo. I have not signed a model release for my kid. As a mom, I NEVER allow others to use photos of my children. I don’t sell stock images that show their faces. I make sure the photographers who take our photos and the photographers at events we attend know I don’t want my kid’s pictures used in advertizing. (My husband works with the local police dept… I know too much about crazy.)
    NickMoms, if you want to use photos of children, go buy a stock image. The people in those images have signed release forms and the sellers have the rights to the images and they’ll sell those rights to you so you can use them on your site without upsetting any moms or endangering any children.

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