Scanned craft books

14 Mar

Hi there,

Here’s a new trend I noticed on Etsy: More and more shops that sell digital pirate copies of scanned craft books and magazines. Most often, these are copies of Japanese magazines, but not only…

I understand file sharing sites are hard to control, but why do these pirate copies have to be sold on a website that’s supposed to encourage handmade??

I reported some shops in the past, some of them just reopen under a different name.

Just another fun thing to watch for…

This are the shops I found this morning:


8 Responses to “Scanned craft books”

  1. Abi March 14, 2011 at 11:35 am #

    Wow! The nerve! I just bought this book over the holidays for my daughter on Amazon.

    These store is pretty ballsy

  2. sickofetsy March 14, 2011 at 12:17 pm #

    Here’s an email for sterling publishers. They publish that crochet book…

  3. Fake March 14, 2011 at 7:55 pm #

    I’m sure the publishers of these books would love and e-mail and link to the infringing etsy shops!

  4. Fake March 14, 2011 at 8:03 pm #

    *love an e-mail*

    especially given all the changes in copyright policy this year. I know that copyright has changed significantly in Canada (where I’m from) over the last year becoming more stringent than the U.S., but this surely cannot be allowed.

  5. megansbeadeddesigns March 15, 2011 at 8:08 am #

    Not copying and selling for profit. I cannot image that EVER being allowed by any copyright pattern.

  6. Bahhumbug March 17, 2011 at 10:13 am #

    I contacted some of the rights holders I know in the shops. One of them had her books removed from the Dashynka shop, at least.

  7. Skye July 22, 2013 at 3:46 am #

    I’ve tried reporting them as well, but Etsy doesn’t seem to care. Here is the email of a group that protects Japanese copyrights overseas: They have been very helpful with finding the contact details of Japanese publishers to report these pirates to.

    I feel awful for the thousands of people who have bought these illegal pdfs!

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