Dear Fans and Friends,
Today I am writing to address a serious topic. Over the years we have come across different situations of our digi's being given away to other people. This of course completely violates our angel policy and copyrights to our images, which means it is illegal. I do try to be fair and I do try to resolve these issues to the best of my ability but these days it gets harder and harder to be able to keep control of this with so many public forums becoming so popular. For example, Pinterest. I have thought long and hard about these problems and It's been very hard for me to come to a decision on what to do as I am one that tried very hard not to punish the masses for actions of the few but it has really effected SSD and its business. I don't want to stop doing digi's all together as I personally love digi's, and I was one of the first digi stamp artists out there before the idea caught like wildfire, and that is what I want to hold true to because I do believe in it. But to offer digital products it takes trust i entrust to you my fans and friends who purchase the images to do right by them and by me and by the copyrights attached to the images. To use them for personal use only and not share them as our policies state. So the decision I have come to, for the present time at least, IS that I will still offer digital stamps, but I will start banning the IP addresses of any parties that I find out have been sharing my images. My store allows me to do this and you will no longer be allowed to purchase any of our products ever again in the future. I will also be discontinuing FFF our Fabulous Freebie Fridays over at Papercraft planet, as these seem to be the ones with the most issues we have found. I don't know if it is because they are mostly discontinued images that people think the same policies no longer apply, or if it is because they are the most desired because they cant get them anymore in the store, or if it is because they were only offered for the specified date and some people didn't feel that was long enough, whatever the case may be I do have to put an end to this at this time. I will still offer occasional freebies either through the blog, facebook or paper craft planet. and our angel policies and copyrights will still apply at those times as well but they will be fewer and further between than every week as we have been doing.
So I ask you my friends and fans please do the right thing do not share any of your digi's that you have either purchased or given, they are for you and your own personal use only. If we all stay on the same page then maybe I can change things back later in the future. or if things continue then we will have to discontinue all digitals and move to other means. I hope you can understand that I do not mean to punish those who have not participated in these acts but i have to protect my art and protect my store and protect my copyright.
Owner and Artist of Sassy Studio Designs