I have a copyright/rip off “artist” to call out.
First off, Etsy Callout is a secret pleasure of mine as I can never believe how outrageous some Etsy sellers can be. Though I would prefer to remain anonymous, I would like to point out the fact that a dear friend of mine’s item is being blatently copied. I know there are hundreds of copy cats out there, and that copying is the highest form of flattery, but.. seriously??? Check this out:
Sparkly Pony’s Item (which was named one of Etsy’s top 5 Valentine’s Gifts for 2011 and will be featured in an Israeli design magazine) “Boyfriend in a Bottle”:
This person’s attempt to copy is so lame, but what really bothered us is that they actually copied and pasted the exact measurements that the sparkly ponies took the time to write out (including the manner in which they were written out in fractions with spaces!). The funny part is that they are using very cheap plastic people from China that are actually smaller than the size they are claiming. Anyway, we just thought it was super lame and that you could come up with something clever to write about it if you needed some material. We would really appreciate it, as I know the sparkly ponies would too since they aren’t sure what to do (other than laugh).
thanks so much for the great blog— you are really doing good work as I can tell by the “Uh Oh Page does not exist” links! :)
I need some help – I’m in the midst of filling out all the mountains of paperwork for Etsy’s legal team to prove that this shop is stealing my images and using them to sell her necklaces.
imprintedpossessions stealing my images
I have tons of solds from months and months before her shop even opened. I also found another etsy seller that had her images stolen by Imprinted Possessions. I have been in contact with her (http://www.etsy.com/shop/JLynnCreations) because we discovered that we both want her shop closed by etsy. JLynnCreations just got Etsy to remove her photos (if you check Imprinted Possessions’ sold items, you will see that many of her solds are “no longer available”. Those are the ones that JLynn successfully got Etsy to remove last week. So, she’s stealing images from more than 1 shop, got caught and is still doing it. The worst part for me is that one of my pieces is her best damn seller (and she’s selling it for me than me)! Out of her 49 sales, I think 10 or 11 are my necklaces, images and all. Just sickening. I have contacted Etsy and got the standard “prove it” e-mail, so I am in the process of doing all of that right now. I also asked twice if her shop would be shut down for being a repeat offender, but of course got no reply. JLynnCreations and I both want to make sure she doesn’t do this to anyone else and didn’t know if you could help us. If you need JLynnCreation’s contact info, I can get that for you or you can convo her at her shop too. We both didn’t file with paypal (for fradulent selling and to possibly recoup money that was collected selling our items) out of fear of repercussions/retaliation from her even though she has sold over $350 using my images and over $150 using JLynnCreation’s images.
Not sure if you can do anything to help us, but figured we’d try! :)
Thanks so much,
In the spirit of Regretsy’s Compare and Save!
GwenDelicious http://www.etsy.com/listing/58558682/pocket-watch-pendant-skeleton-round $47
YOU SAVE $44 Go Hand Assembled!
Fairysomnia “Elena Romanova”
has the same (almost) bio as this seller: GreenOptimist http://www.etsy.com/people/GreenOptimist?ref=pr_profile# Except that seller is listed as a “Juri Romanov” so it could be her husband, right? Except… why the strange spelling of the last name and why are there purchases from the second account to the first? Also most of the purchases from both accounts (GO and Fairysomnia) are from the same buyer…check feedback…literally almost all are from a “chechi72″
The fairysomnia has a blog listed on her profile which lists shows she has been in:
SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS
||“Contemporary Watercolors,” The Harrison Gallery, Williamstown, MA
||“Solstice,” David Floria Gallery, Aspen, CO
||“Sliding Scales,” Winston Wächter Fine Art, New York, NY
||“Black + White,” Nathan A. Bernstein & Co., Ltd., New York, NY
The problems are: the 2009 show http://www.floriagallery.com/ does not include her, and neither do any of the any other galleries she claims.
http://www.artnet.com/artists/caio-fonseca/biography-links (as you can see the last two were private shows and not even group exhibitions as she listed)
I was seconds away from buying something from this person before I checked the feedback, and am glad I did! I don’t know what is going on…but something definitely is. I certainly thought it was odd to see “full-time professional artist living in Europe,between – Russia,United Kingdom and Bulgaria.” and now the Juri version is adding in NY and Montreal. Lucky lucky them…right? Shady shady them is more like it.
Your site rocks!
Thanks for helping to keep etsy honest since they won’t do it themselves.
I think I found another store for you.
It’s amazing how similar Liron’s About page is to another store you have already called out (Miluxstyle) that has been closed. I have bolded the sentences that are exactly the same.
My name is Liron. I am 31 years old and for the past 3 years have been designing womens clothing. I feel very grateful to have found this wonderful Etsy community that has allowed me to do what I love so much.
I have studies pattern making in Shenkar fashion academy , sewing like crazy.
After a while I took a chance with selling on Etsy, and I thank all of you for taking a chance on me:)
Fit is extremely important to me and I always do my best to make sure your garment fits like you want it to.
I love creating flattering and classic garments that make any woman feel feminine , comfortable and fashionable.
I enjoy making garments out of unexpected materials like my sweatshirt dresses that are so fun to wear.
Feel free to consult with me about fabrics ,colors, the way a garment will fit or anything else.
I especially want to say thank you to all of you who make a choice to buy HANDMADE and support fair trade. So THANK YOU!!
Twitter- http://twitter.com/lirola for shop news and special deals.
My fresh new blog : http://beruffledbylirola.blogspot.com/
I am a proud member of Teamt .
My name is Arwa. I am 36 years old and for the past 5 years have been designing woman’s clothing. I feel very grateful to have found this wonderful Etsy community that has allowed me to do what I love so much.
I love creating tunics and classic garments that make any woman feel feminine , comfortable and fashionable. Fit is extremely important to me and I always do my best to make sure your garment fits like you want it to. Feel free to consult with me about fabrics ,colors, the way a garment will fit .
I especially want to say thank you to all of you who make a choice to buy HANDMADE and support fair trade. So THANK YOU
That shop “FineFrenchCountry” is apparently reselling many items by a company called “America Retold.” Hee. Maybe they can sell me some Freedom fries too.
I can see having a favorite seller, but 1227 feedbacks and ALL from the same seller?
Just saw this seller on the front page:http://www.etsy.com/shop/topview?ref=seller_info
She sells purse hangers that are purchased wholesale here: http://www.dhgate.com/bling-foldable-mirror-purse-hook-bag-hanger/p-ff8080812bae9511012bafd3eb3a5214.html
This seller is selling decals of artwork without permission
This is the artwork in question
and here is the artist’s blog about the matter, she clearly states that she has NOT given permission for this artwork to be sold by this seller or anyone else
and here is the original artwork