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« Reply #10 on: December 12, 2008 12:34:35 PM »

Do you know anyone who's a lawyer? Maybe a polite "cease & desist" letter on an attorney's letterhead would compel them to do the right thing. And cc Etsy. It wouldn't really gain you anything, but if I could afford a small lawyer's fee I'd do it as a matter of principal. We all have the right to protect our intellectual property, even if we choose to share it freely instead of selling it. Good luck.
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« Reply #11 on: December 13, 2008 11:17:44 AM »

Do you know anyone who's a lawyer? Maybe a polite "cease & desist" letter on an attorney's letterhead would compel them to do the right thing. And cc Etsy. It wouldn't really gain you anything, but if I could afford a small lawyer's fee I'd do it as a matter of principal. We all have the right to protect our intellectual property, even if we choose to share it freely instead of selling it. Good luck.

I used to work for lawyers for 15 years up until about 2 years ago!!  That's the reason why I'm reluctant to put in a claim as I know what a grey area copyright law is and the consequences if it turns out I am wrong....

However, I may consider calling my old boss!!  Grin
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« Reply #12 on: December 21, 2008 03:16:18 AM »

Hi queenofdiy - I am so sorry for you about this issue. This site has given me so much inspiration and I have experienced such fun and sense of accomplishment from all the things I've made from here (your shopping bag included!!). I have a great deal of fun just reading and looking. The fun and excitement I have had has been due to the amazing talent and creativity of people like yourself and your wonderful generosity in sharing that with others. Thank you! I think we would all understand your "no more tutes for me" stance. We'll miss 'em, but understand!!!!!!

I found the etsy seller's comment interesting re the notion that you were the breaking the copyright of the designer of plastic grocery bags - did she not consider she was and would be even more in the wrong as she is profiting from it?Huh? My some people are strange!!!!!

Also I'm a bit of a believer in "what goes around comes around" or karma or whatever - perhaps sales may be not quite what the etsy seller had hoped - messages spread amazingly quickly in cyberspace or better still hopefully her conscience may come to the fore.
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« Reply #13 on: December 21, 2008 06:40:51 PM »

I am soooo sorry to hear about your bad experience with someone stealing your tutorial.  I appreciate them so much and would hate to see you give up because of someone else's stupid act of deception.  They are the best ones I have ever seen.  Please don't leave us!!!
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« Reply #14 on: December 22, 2008 01:08:20 PM »

Also I'm a bit of a believer in "what goes around comes around" or karma or whatever - perhaps sales may be not quite what the etsy seller had hoped - messages spread amazingly quickly in cyberspace or better still hopefully her conscience may come to the fore.

Me too!!!  That is partly the reason I did not pursue the matter further (and also financially), so I'll let Karma take its course.  Wink

Perhaps I'll get over it and probably learn to put a strong disclaimer in my tutorials in future....
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« Reply #15 on: January 28, 2009 04:37:56 PM »

I know that this is a late post, but I had to put in my nickel's worth.

I put up a tute on Craftster and I found MY tute on instructables with some guy's name on it.  I called him on it and it was removed, but nobody believed that it was mine, even though it was my hands in the pictures, and not his.

I was told that I had no recourse, because he added words to my tutorial, thereby changing it to his.

If you decide to put up another tute, put a signature on your pics.
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« Reply #16 on: January 28, 2009 07:26:51 PM »

Thanks pinokeeo.  I don't think this person  has used my pictures however has created a new tutorial but I believe the words/steps are similar in context.  I guess really nothing can be done - it just makes me mad that I've worked out the pattern, written a tutorial, offered it for free, then someone taking that tutorial (even if it is slightly changed into their own words/pictures) and selling it.  I am thinking of putting the tutorial on Etsy for free but I can see potential problems with that:

1.  If it's offered for sale for 'free' there is room for the buyer (who may be the seller of a similar tutorial) to 'buy' the item and leave negative feedback; and
2.  One of Etsy's rules is that you can't redirect the buyer to another location.

I think I'll let this one ride and chalk it up to experience. 

I've received lots of positive comments supporting me and so I am choosing to leave the tutorials I have already done available on Craftster.  I just hope word gets out on Etsy for buyers to be wary of 'tutorials and patterns' that you may find free elsewhere, such as this wonderful community that is Craftster who are willing to share for free.

Oh, by the way, keep your eyes peeled everyone - I have another cosmetic bag tutorial on the way (see, I'm almost over it!!!)  Wink

 Grin

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« Reply #17 on: January 29, 2009 02:44:52 PM »

Oh, I'm so glad to read that queenofdiy!  I've been very inspired by your tutorials, as I know many, many others have been.  I'm so glad you are keeping and adding to them, I'm looking forward to the new one!
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« Reply #18 on: January 30, 2009 04:10:23 AM »

OK.  So I caved in.....here's the new tute!!!  Roll Eyes Roll Eyes Roll Eyes

https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=289785.0

But I added a nasty warning!!
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« Reply #19 on: January 30, 2009 06:44:31 AM »

Atta girl!! Cheesy
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