From the Readers..

11 Mar

Ugh – the loads of shops that slap movie stills from Twilight, etc. all over everything. Hello… copyright infringement?


she posted on the forums about how she used the money to make her own album – that’s great, really – but any happiness I feel for her about that is sort of sullied by the way she made that money. The thread is called “I am shameless” – in more ways that one, dear:


I love how so many call their items “Twilight inspired” when all they’ve done is stolen images.

Digital collage sheets:








theblueforest has loads of items:



collages, etc using copyrighted photos:

etc etc etc

Ugh – so frustrating. And it sells – I can see why it is tempting. Maybe we should all just start selling bootlegs out of the trunks of our cars.

And I don’t buy Etsy’s claims that they are just a venue – people have been getting direct emails with tips or ultimatums about things they should change in their listings. Come on – Etsy admin could do a search on “Twilight”, “Harry Potter” “Disney”, etc anyday and delete the items. At least TRY to make the site less of a flea market.


7 Responses to “From the Readers..”

  1. forum rubbernecker March 12, 2009 at 10:29 am #

    This is really offensive to those of us who use our own images in everything we design. I think it cheapens Etsy and makes them look like a knock off flea market. How great Etsy would be if they would get rid of this stuff.

  2. Baskecase March 12, 2009 at 7:37 pm #

    Here is an item for you. Does this infringe on Disney’s rights?

    To me this is Just as bad as using twilight items.

  3. wut March 12, 2009 at 8:08 pm #

    So depressing. The very least Etsy could do demand proof of licensing when people are selling .pdf files of published work.

  4. Stephanie March 13, 2009 at 7:45 am #

    response to bookcase: She might be okay with this. She is using an actual Disney item and adding to it. Frankly, I think her whole shop is ‘different’…..but the money goes to charity.

    What the Twilight sellers are doing is 100% wrong! They are selling images that they either downloaded or scanned.

  5. koko March 13, 2009 at 8:26 am #

    yes about ro. Im sure ro has or can easily get permission anyway. I have items I create from copyrighted designs – but I have written permission. Have been flagged before and have a disclaimer posted now, and all the info for etsy staff when I get flagged, however, I am not using printed images or stealing them off the net. I am surprised how much is done on etsy and other sites as soon as a new trend starts…etsy needs a vero type program for these companies like ebay has…at least a little more policing. Not sure how well that would work…not real sure how yo uwould stop all of this w/o the company itself getting involved like how the Andy Warhol Ass. or Disney does..

  6. forum rubbernecker March 13, 2009 at 8:43 am #

    RO is making money off HER name, not Disney’s, because nobody would buy that from anyone else.

  7. 1come1n9eace June 14, 2010 at 9:24 am #
    Ohhh, you mean like this listing?
    The actual item looks NOTHING like the one worn in this stolen photo of Alice Cullen.

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