Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Unscrupulous People and Dishonest Sites...

For the last few years I've enjoyed distributing most of my patterns free of charge to my readers. It has brought a lot of joy and satisfaction to my life knowing that there are people who appreciate my hard work in coming up with a fun and unique pattern and a set of instructions that people can understand and follow. There have been some that have taken advantage of my copyright policies in the past -- using items from my patterns and instructions to promote their own businesses, but for the most part I've been grateful that people have been respectful of my wishes to honor my copyrighted materials.

Recently, however, I've come upon some sites that have scraped entire blog posts from my blog and my patterns from Google.docs. These awful sites gather the "best" content from popular blogsites and display it on their website. It's a violation of copyrights, but that doesn't seem to "bother them" until they are caught. The process of having your blog content removed from one of these sites is often laborious. I imagine this violation is sure to continue and get worse with time.

As a result I've taken a couple of my "special" patterns out of Google docs and am selling them in my Etsy store or giving them away free of charge by having you email me for the pattern. In the future I will still create many free patterns that will be available to my readers, but they will only be available by emailing me for the pattern (instead of posting them on the web in Google.docs or directly onto one of my posts). This process of answering emails takes a good deal of my time, but I don't want my patterns stolen and placed on other websites, so it's worth the extra time and effort to me.

I have to admit, I'm frustrated with people who blatantly steal what isn't theirs. 


Update: Thanks to all who commented and sent me emails of encouragement. Go here (to the bottom of the post) for an update.

25 comments:

Southern Gal said...

Oh, I'm so sorry you're having to deal with this. We live in a sinful world and must deal with it. You are handling it well. I'm glad you will continue to gift us with your talents.

Chris said...

What a shame!! So sorry to hear that this has happened. Thanks for going the extra mile and continuing to offer your patterns via email! You are very kind to serve others this way!! :)

imagrandma2five said...

It is a shame that people are so dishonest. Some think that once it's on the internet it's free for all. Ditto what Chris said, and thanks so much for continuing to offer your patterns.

kisa said...

this is so awful. sorry :(

amynr said...

That is so sad! I am sorry to hear that people are doing that to you! :(

Nancy said...

I don't understand individuals who have the need to abuse the system. It makes no sense to me. I'm glad that your discovery has not stopped you from sharing your patterns.

Kathleen O'Grady said...

Very sorry to hear this, I don't understand how people can do such things. I was on a blog yesterday that came up saying all the contents had been stolen, I can't remember the exact wording but I left it and came back thinking it was just a little quirk but it wasn't, the entire contents of the blog had been stolen, very sad.
I hope that you won't have anymore issues with dishonest people.

Kellie said...

So sorry to hear this. :( Believe me.. what goes around comes around.

Suzie White said...

Suzanne, I am sorry this has happened to you. I am an artist and always worry about copyright issues. I know it is very frustrating, especially when you have been so kind to share your patterns for free. Good luck and thanks for everything.

Hinna said...

Oh that really bites. :o(

~Carla~ said...

Not fair & not right!! :( I don't blame you at all!!!

DeeDee said...

It just isn't right.. always some one who has to wreck a good thing... I don't blame you one bit... I am glad it was brought to your attention so it can be stopped... sorry you had to deal with it thou.. hugs.

cara said...

So sorry you have to deal with this! We appreciate you sharing your talent with us!!

VickiT said...

I really can't stand those who do that type of thing. It's terribly frustrating to read about it happening and even worse I'm sure for those like you who had it happen to them.

Patti said...

I am also saddened to hear of this kind of behaviour. What happens to them when they are found to be a fraudulent site? Are the names of these sites posted somewhere? Those of us who love and appreciate the efforts put into a pattern and tutorial, would like to avoid them for sure!

Stella said...

First let me say thank you for sharing your talents with us. I'm so sorry that there are unscrupulous people in the world who would resort to outright stealing. Thanks for allowing us to email you for a pattern.

Cindy said...

I am so sorry you are having to deal with this. I really enjoy your patterns. Cindy

Nana said...

You are the 3rd blogger who has shared this story in their blogs. It makes me so sad to think there are people out their who are so dishonest and don't mind stealing what isn't theirs. I'm so sorry you are one of those who they've lifted items from.
I LOVE your blog and I love that you share your talents with those of us who read your blog. I will always follow you, no matter what ever you have to do.
It brings back many memories of when I was a tole painter teaching classes. The only way you could get my original pattern was to take the class. One of my friends found that very pattern made up and being sold in a craft boutique. And they hadn't taken the class. Frustrating! That friend told her she could be in big trouble and she took the products out of her booth. At least for tht day:0) I wasn't too happy.
I really understand how you feel.
Good luck and do whatever you need to do to protect yourself and your original products!

VR said...

That's terrible! I've seen a lot of that lately! I do love your patterns and ideas! Thank you for sharing! It has made this teach-myself sewer a little more competent! And my girls LOVE your bunnies and chicks!

Crafty Girls said...

Your work is just too beautiful! Maybe look at it as a form of flattery, otherwise it will eat you up! And, am I understanding right...people just copy your blog post on their blog and claim it as their own? How do you find out if this has been done? I haven't blogged in some time, but would like to start again, and thought maybe I would look around the internet to see if this has been done to myself or my blogger friends. Thanks...and don't get too discouraged!

vexa said...

I'm sory to hear that. Your tutorials are great!

Rebecca and Cody said...

I am so sorry! It is hard when other people what to take advantage of your talent and hard work. Some of us still appreciate all you do! Thank you!

mimi said...

I love getting your plaque attacks. I am sorry that dishonesty seems to be the rule sometimes.

Lisa M said...

I have been away for a while and am only catching up with your blog today. I really must say how disgusted I am for you that people steal your hard work. I have always been grateful for the free patterns and emailing you direct is easy on my part if I want to receive something for free. Thank you for still being willing to take the time and supply them via email.
Also, just to let you know that some of us are still honest, recently our hard drive crashed and we were unable to retrieve some things (mainly some pdf patterns I had purchased voa stores and etsy). As I don't share these with friends, I found my absolute favourite had disappeared. Rather than go without it, I have repurchased it and have decided that I will print a copy of it and my other pdf patterns in case this should ever happen again. I did this because the woman who designed the pattern is not a multi national, mega rich corporation (not that that should come into it), but a small designer trying to get her work out there. Like what happened to you, it comes down to respect for people - some have it, some don't. Again, thank you for keeping the faith that most of us do the right thing. (Sorry for the long post).

Tammy Carter said...

Hi Suzanne,

So sorry this happened to you. I also have an Etsy store and have had the same thing happen to me, copying my designs and even use the same fabric and sell it.

Because of it, I rarely post any of my things on social media or blogs anymore. It is sad, but it happens.

I have really enjoyed your site and love to see what other crafter's come up with.