Wednesday, July 18, 2007


An admittedly very well done copy of my crocodile design found on Etsy.


Blogger Jamie Meares said...

oh wow, there's no mistaking that one.

i'm sorry - that sucks =(

1:07 PM  
Blogger Rachael Herbert said...

again... this really sucks!

1:13 PM  
Anonymous Valerie said...

Just curious, but do you ever contact the seller and/or Etsy in a case like this?

1:55 PM  
Blogger M. Patrizio said...

Hi Valerie,

I contacted the seller. She told me it was commissioned by another etsy member. Which in my eyes makes it 2 insults instead of one. I don't think Etsy can really do anything about it, it has already been sold.

I contacted the commissioner as well and told her it is NOT OKAY to have other people's work reproduced.

2:05 PM  
Blogger Jill said...

That makes my blood boil.

3:12 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yours is so much nicer ... the fake one just looks angry, as if it knew its whole existence was based on deceit - who knew softies were so insightful?!

4:23 PM  
Blogger My Little Corner said...

So sorry to hear that. Always a risk isn't it. Very crappy for you.

11:35 AM  
Anonymous jessica said...

That REALLY REALLY sucks! Good for you for contacting both parties!

12:31 PM  
Blogger lsaspacey said...

So was it made for a lot less money? Because why didn't they just contact you to make them one? That really sucks, sorry.

11:51 AM  
Blogger M. Patrizio said...

No, it was just slightly less. They didn't know who I was till I angrily e-mailed them about this. The person who commissioned it found my photos somewhere on the internet and asked the etsy member to copy it. They both didn't know who made it.

12:00 PM  
Blogger filambulle said...

You really should put your name or pseudo or webadress onto your pictures. It could save you from some of those bad adventures.

5:17 PM  
Blogger krissy said...

that's shocking and really terrible! lately i've been so frightened of having my stuff copied that i've been scared away from putting stuff in my etsy store. i've just seen a few too many blatent examples of copying. i know copying can happen anyway but etsy just seems to be a breeding ground for this sort of thing lately. i'm so sorry this happened to you. thanks for telling us about it though.

7:21 PM  
Blogger M. Patrizio said...

Hi Krissy,

I agree with you about the breeding ground. If you even mention copyright infringement in the Etsy forum you get attacked with hostile comments claiming that no one is original. It just seems like everyone (in the forums) is so desperate to make money that if they see that something is selling they go out and try to replicate it. I'm not talking about being inspired by say color combos or materials and wanting to try them out (I do this all the time). I'm talking about flat-out stitch for stitch rip-offs.

When I get a chance I will open my own separate shop.

12:25 AM  
Blogger VisualVotary said...

Gah I'm sorry, I've been wondering so much about copyrights and the legality and illegality of sharing, etc. etc. I'm going to post a link to your issue on mine.

11:44 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

oh my!!! i really love,love,love all your creations but fret not. please do remember that "what goes around, comes around". this particular person will get back what he/she did. just believe.

~blackNoir from SouthEastAsia

2:39 PM  
Blogger amy beth said...

at the very least, they made horrible color choices and their version is like bizarro superman - same but totally wrong! what a douchebag.

10:31 PM  

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