If you find someone is selling your design and finished item, what would you do?
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I happened to come across the following shop and found that this seller has selling my design (the crochet pattern) and finished items since early 2011. She has advertising my "popcorn beanie" as her own on other social networking sites as well for a quite long time. I would really appreciate if someone could tell me where to report this. As my English is my second language, I would want to avoid direct contact with the seller especially when I am dealing with something like this!!
Any help will be greatly appreciated, Yoshie
Posted at 6:02 pm Jun 17, 2012 EDT
you shouldn't even be worrying about it. Honestly it doesn't look like your work. you have a gorgeous design. Infact i'm going to favorite your store because i love hats like that and want to buy one but that lady's one is kinda hideous (just being brutally honest) to me and it's cheap 5 dollars!! ? I sure wouldn't buy it. HERS DOESN'T COMPARE!!! i'm upset at you that you even thought that lady's ugly had can hold up to your gorgeous designs! come on. Again just being brutally honest. I freakin love your store I am so buying a hat soon :)
Posted at 12:12 am Jun 18, 2012 EDT
I probably should not bring this thread up but I would like to leave my very last comment. First of all, I would like to apologize for leaving the actual link of the shop. I’ve later realized that was really offensive and I should never have done that.
However, I would like to at least mention that Ive gone through a lot of trials and errors to finally come up with this pattern! This hat used to be a plain visor beanie I designed for a newborn when I was pregnant with my first child. I’ve taken few years and made several changes a little bit at a time as my child has grown. One time I’ve made the brim too big but this mistake lead me to come up with the idea to fold up the sides with a button. I’ve added popcorn stitches later and etc… I’ve started selling the pattern both kids and adult size in early 2010 so my design has already been widely spread online. I see more and more people doing “folding the brim sides up” however, I’ve never seen anyone selling such identical designed hat before.
I even found one of her social networking site where she post “free” popcorn beanie pattern. Except that some parts have been rephrased, I’ve confirmed that it is the same pattern that I’ve originally created. She posted this as free on elsewhere and she sells it for $5 on etsy at the same time. Very confusing!! I wish that I am smart enough to handle this person wisely. But I just don’t have much time and effort to put into. So I am going to switch my attention back to my work. I’ve already reported her to etsy. I am sorry again for bringing my personal incident here and thank you so much for your reply!
Posted at 12:52 am Jun 18, 2012 EDT
Their are blatant copycats on etsy, and much hasn't been done about it. Maybe try getting a copyright or something legal like that, otherwise its really your word against her non existent word. You really have nothing to worry about really, but i know how you are feeling.
Posted at 1:07 am Jun 18, 2012 EDT