Consider dropping speakers Jasmine Star and Doug Gordon, known plagiarizers, from your convention in Spring 2014.
  • Petitioned Lauren Wendle

This petition was delivered to:

Vice President, Publisher
Lauren Wendle
Managing Director
John McGeary
Director WPPI
Jason Groupp
Emerald Expositions, Inc.

Consider dropping speakers Jasmine Star and Doug Gordon, known plagiarizers, from your convention in Spring 2014.

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      Photographers with Ethics

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October 2013

Victory

From Petition Organizer: The higher ups at WPPI - Wedding and Portrait Photographers International - listened to our petition and took the following action: The speakers in question, Doug Gordon and Jasmine Star, decided it was in their best interest not to speak at next year's convention.

UPDATE:10/11/13 Jason Groupp issued the following statement:

http://blog.wppionline.com/2013/10/weve-listened-jasmine-star-and-doug-gordon-wppi-2014-update/

Jasmine Star and Doug Gordon will not be speaking at this year's convention. Thank you for your participation and signing this petition. Sadly, it worked.

UPDATE: 10/10/13 4:00 PM PST: WPPI is listening: http://blog.wppionline.com/2013/10/were-listening/

Please keep signing this, emailing, twittering, commenting and sharing this in your networks. Every time you sign, the above listed recipients get an email. They're listening, all right!

*10/9/13*:

Recently it has come to light on the Photo Stealers Blog that Doug Gordon (http://stopstealingphotos.tumblr.com/post/55742970716/doug-gordon) and Jasmine Star (real name: Jasmine Estrella Juarez De la Torre http://stopstealingphotos.tumblr.com/post/62349882928/jasmine-star) have plagiarized quite brazenly and continuously on their blogs, twitter feeds and Facebook pages.

We as photographers do not accept any excuses for people stealing our photos, so why would we think it is okay to steal words?  WPPI is supposed to be a professional organization, and as such has the responsibility to make a statement about whether plagiarizing is acceptable in our industry. That WPPI would have these people speak at their conference is a dark time for the wedding and portrait industry as a whole. It seems that WPPI has spoken by allowing these two photographers to speak at next years conference. The message is clear: we don't mind if professional photographers steal so long as they bring their audience to our trade show and conference. Money talks. So why should we as photographers continue to support an unethical organization like WPPI? It is not just WPPI: "In 2013, WPPI became part of the Professional Photo Group, which includes PDN, Rangefinder, PhotoServe, PhotoSource, IPN, PhotoPlus and Outdoor Photo Expo.  This group covers all platforms for professional photographers, including conferences and trade shows, contests and competitions, social networking, trade publications and more.Consider dropping speakers Jasmine Star and Doug Gordon, known plagiarizers, from your convention in Spring 2014.

To:
Lauren Wendle, Vice President, Publisher
John McGeary, Managing Director
Jason Groupp, Director WPPI
Emerald Expositions, Inc.
Consider dropping speakers Jasmine Star and Doug Gordon, known plagiarizers, from your convention in Spring 2014.

Sincerely,
[Your name]

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    1. WPPI listened: Jasmine Star and Doug Gordon will not be speaking!

      Jason Groupp has issued the following statement: http://blog.wppionline.com/2013/10/weve-listened-jasmine-star-and-doug-gordon-wppi-2014-update/

      Jasmine Star and Doug Gordon will not be speaking at this year's convention. Thank you for your participation and signing this petition. Sadly it came to us starting a petition, and it worked.

      We've listened: Jasmine Star and Doug Gordon WPPI 2014 Update

      There's been some long days in my career, days that I thought would never end, like the 16 hour wedding, or the time groomsmen got into a fist fight and accidently punched me in the face, or the time I sprained my ankle walking backwards shooting the recession.

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    • Jonathan Riley MATLOCK, UNITED KINGDOM
      • about 1 year ago

      Theft is theft and they should know better. Remove them from all public speaking and teaching.

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    • Gina Oh ARROYO GRANDE, CA
      • about 1 year ago

      Honesty matters, in all aspects of one's life.

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    • David Cumming SEATTLE, WA
      • about 1 year ago

      Honesty and Integrity are STILL IMPORTANT!

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    • Simone Hanckel AUSTRALIA
      • about 1 year ago

      I'm tired of seeing people with no actual experience, a good spiel and a bunch of sycophantic followers get air-time at events like WPPI. Especially when their ethics are questionable. You have the chance to make a stand about this, be the voice of the Wedding and Portrait photographers around the world and admit that this behaviour is unacceptable.

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    • motti bembaron VAUDREUIL-DORION, CANADA
      • about 1 year ago

      Don't you think it's important?

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