26 Sep

WooHoo Cross Stitch is taking copyrighted artist photos right off the internet & turning them into patterns. These are just the few we checked with tineye, the rest of her shop might have a ton more. What do you think about this?

Teal Bubble Stem by Alan Buckle:


“Cherry Tree Blossom” by Christophe Szkudlarek:

“Two Pink Cupcakes” by Thaneeya McArdle:


42 Responses to “WooHooCrossStitch”

  1. elizabeth September 26, 2011 at 8:16 am #

    Sorry, I really don’t see it. There are only so many ways to draw or paint a cherry blossom, dandelion, or cupcake. I don’t see an issue here and the pictures are different enough to where yes maybe she was inspired by others art I don’t think it’s a direct copy.
    There are plenty of dandelion and cupcake things out there that all kind of look the same. I don’t think this seller should have been called out and don’t think she should have to defend herself for having a cupcake cross stitch pattern.

  2. EtsyVigilante September 26, 2011 at 8:50 am #

    Mass-produced, Made in China “Vintage” Canisters http://www.etsy.com/listing/76061285/3-pc-retro-tin-canisters-moms-kitchen

  3. etsycallout September 26, 2011 at 9:17 am #

    Inspired but not a direct copy? Do you know what Tineye is?
    They are direct copies of copyright works- in tineye they are direct links meaning they were taken straight off the internet with THAT image.

    So because there is only so many ways to paint a cherry blossom or cupcake it’s okay to steal other artist’s work? REALLY?

  4. PIF September 26, 2011 at 9:21 am #

    Clearly the pictures are all stolen as there is no way she can take those pictures herself. An elephant or giraffe head on etc are just images snatched from a photo library. She could have bought the right to reproduce them but I very much doubt it. Does she still have the Travelocity gnome? In the write up she said it was a gnome that had had been in the family for decades but it was clearly the Travelocity gnome..even down to the same shading on the pic. She used to have a few copyrighted pictures that she removed after a call out so the fact that she does that makes me imagine that she is not bothering to buy the rights to reproduction. Twiggy? Um yeh, I’m sure she bought the rights to reproduce from the photographer, and Twiggy’s agent…not.

  5. Life During Wartime September 26, 2011 at 10:37 am #

    I think the pictures are so close I would consider them copied. But I am not a lawyer.

    Here are the ‘vintage from the 1950s’ ‘rare find’ canisters in Etsy Vigilante’s comment:


  6. Life During Wartime September 26, 2011 at 11:02 am #

    And here are her bear theme ‘vintage’ tin signs:

  7. Life During Wartime September 26, 2011 at 11:05 am #

    Her Moose Head tin sign:

    Not vintage.

  8. Moose-R-Us.Com September 26, 2011 at 12:56 pm #

    Thank you for alerting us to this seller who so blatantly stole our pictures for use in her listings. We have filed a notice of claimed infringement with etsy.

  9. Life During Wartime September 26, 2011 at 1:08 pm #

    Didn’t even notice the copied photos. But, yeah, they are very small and do not enlarge.

  10. Toaster September 26, 2011 at 1:11 pm #

    There may be ‘only so many ways’ to draw something, but these are direct traces. Every listing of this shop’s that I searched on TinEye, including the four in this post, lead directly to the original image. The only difference between the cross stitch patterns and the originals are that the patterns have a more pixelated appearance. I hope the owners of the copyrighted images are able to get them removed.

  11. ShopAround September 26, 2011 at 1:20 pm #

    Good for The Moose. Those tin signs are all over the place, and they are reproductions. People buying them know they are not old, but if they are copyrighted they are Hands Off!

  12. DeadKittens September 26, 2011 at 1:24 pm #

    I don’t think its copyright infringement. I think she is buying them wholesale and passing them off as vintage. Still a TOU violation and pathetic to boot.

  13. Moose-R-Us.Com September 26, 2011 at 1:25 pm #

    She used our picture in at least two of her listings (that blue table is in 99.9% of our stock photos) That is the infringement we reported her for.

  14. Pam September 26, 2011 at 2:09 pm #

    The Accessory shop is claiming in a convo:

    Me: Did YOU make each of these items by hand YOURSELF? Because that is the rule here. Reselling is CLEARLY against Etsy policy. This is NOT a venue for resellers. It NEVER has been.


    September 25 2011 10:38am EDT

    Thank you for your concern. Yes the rule is this and yes someone from our company DOES make each item! We are NOT resellers! Again thank you for your concern.


    September 26 2011 5:59pm EDT

    The RULE says Made by YOU. Not “someone” from your company. There are very specific rules for sellers having more than one person making items by hand. The point is not in the difference between factory made or sweatshop made. This is NOT Ebay

    I think people believe this to be a loophole. And I believe that they think we are too stupid to do the same, or to catch them at it and prove that they are cheating! Or to get Etsy to give a shit. Probably all of the above.

  15. NotDumber September 26, 2011 at 5:42 pm #

    :Look up, look down, look at my thumb, Gee you’re dumb.”

    You can say someone “made” an item, but check the definition of manufacturing. Most people are not stupid enough to buy that line.

  16. DeadKittens September 27, 2011 at 3:50 am #

    Ah, yes Moose. I am sorry. You are correct. Glad you filed a complaint. Let us know what happens.

  17. EtsyVigilante September 27, 2011 at 8:09 am #

    Yay, for The Moose! Keep us posted.

  18. Moose-R-Us.Com September 27, 2011 at 8:16 am #

    The two listings that were reported with stolen pictures have apparently been removed. Two more listings have now been reported with pictures she “borrowed” from our website. She has already re-listed the “vintage from the 1950’s canisters” with her own picture this time.
    We also faxed etsy a list of items she purchased from us earlier this year that she is now reselling as “Made by me”.

  19. sickofetsyshit September 27, 2011 at 9:54 am #

    Yaaaaay! GO Moose-R-Us.Com!!! 😀

  20. Life During Wartime September 27, 2011 at 10:39 am #

    These flower candle holders also are supposedly made by her (other quantities available, too):


  21. Life During Wartime September 27, 2011 at 11:06 am #

    I am so inspired by Moose, that I am going after the rest of ARakels shop.

    The envelopes she claims to make herself:

    It took some searching to find the source of her stolen photo, but here it is:

  22. Life During Wartime September 27, 2011 at 11:12 am #

    Here is the red A7 envelope from her shop:

    Stolen photo from here

  23. Life During Wartime September 27, 2011 at 11:34 am #

    Listed as handmade woodworking by ARakels:

    Commercial product here:

  24. Life During Wartime September 27, 2011 at 11:38 am #

    Listed as handmade needlecraft by ARakels:

    Commercial product here:

  25. Life During Wartime September 27, 2011 at 1:10 pm #

    Environmental theme tea towels, supposedly handmade by ARakels:
    commercial product:

    Note British spelling of “color” as “colour” — her shop:
    commercial product:

    Not handamde, not even hand ironed! He shop:
    commercial product:

  26. Life During Wartime September 27, 2011 at 1:47 pm #

    I’ve got 5 comments above waiting for moderation (no, I am not busting on you, ECO). In the meantime, I see this pillow:
    is also sold by Moose.

    So far 13 items ARakels has currently for sale have been IDed as commercial products not made by her. I cannot believe her shop is still open for business!

  27. Life During Wartime September 27, 2011 at 2:42 pm #

    Fauxtique on the FP:

    There are dozens of variations on this item currently for sale — contemporary!

  28. Life During Wartime September 27, 2011 at 2:50 pm #

    Hand altered — painted, distressed, new hardware — listed as vintage. From the same treasury as above:


  29. jobradleyviamargutta51 September 27, 2011 at 3:24 pm #

    A brand new copyright infringement shop, GetYourDecal:

    Apple, Disney, Peanuts, Batman and more!

  30. Life During Wartime September 27, 2011 at 3:29 pm #

    30+ sales in 4 days — pretty good! Nothing sells better than a heavily commercial product, copyright infringer optional.

  31. Life During Wartime September 27, 2011 at 3:32 pm #

    GetYourDecal is being run from Latvia, but mail from the USA. Maybe that is how they get over the copyright speedbump?

  32. JK September 27, 2011 at 3:41 pm #

    Go Moose! I guess the kind of person who will lie about what they’re selling wouldn’t hesitate to steal, too.

  33. Thud September 27, 2011 at 3:47 pm #

    Elizabeth, it is attitudes like yours that allow thieves to prosper.
    She has stolen the images.
    That is theft and copyright violation.
    Look up ‘substantial similarity’ before you suggest that things ‘kind of look all the same’.

  34. oneangrybird September 27, 2011 at 3:59 pm #

    It brings tears to my eyes to see the original “Moose” here and taking action!!! YES, Go Moose!!!!

  35. oneangrybird September 27, 2011 at 4:02 pm #

    Agree with Thud!

    So many are now jumping on the “every one does it” or “it’s too hard to prove” bandwagon that it makes me sick.

    Tineye don’t lie!

  36. Life During Wartime September 27, 2011 at 5:17 pm #

    And another one — altered item listed as vintage on the FP:


    For those who do not understand why these items are no longer vintage, I have devised the LDW Test. If I buy a tacky new plastic framed mirror at a big box discount store, and dress it up with a nice coat of paint, I can sell it on Etsy as handmade (it was altered by me, see the dos and don’ts). So if I pick up an old tacky plastic framed mirror in front of my down the street neighbor’s house, and give it a spiffy coat of paint, it is likewise handmade (altered by me). The only way the old mirror would still be vintage is if selling the new mirror repainted was considered reselling — which it is not. Hand altering is hand altering, regardless of the age of the thing altered.

  37. Life During Wartime September 27, 2011 at 5:20 pm #

    From the same treasury:

    Now, this looks like a highly collectible vintage globe in original condition, does it not?

    Wow, la dunce cap must have picked today’s FP treasuries because this error has been all over them like white on snow.

  38. PussDaddy October 4, 2011 at 6:45 pm #

    Seriously, as long as this WooHoo shop has been opened and pimping her stuff in the forum with people telling her how wonderful her shop is this is the first time anyone noticed what was actually in her shop?

  39. Moose-R-Us.Com October 5, 2011 at 12:33 am #

    Update on http://www.etsy.com/shop/ARakels?ref=seller_info

    Received an email from Etsy Legal Support, the 17 items that were purchased from us that she had re-listed as “Mady by Me” have been removed-her store now seems to be empty.

  40. Life During Wartime October 5, 2011 at 9:50 am #

    Go, Moose! And there are still comments on this thread awaiting moderation about other commercial products (not from Moose) she had in her store. Hopefully this one will be closed, not just coached about how to be a more discreet reseller.

  41. PussDaddy October 6, 2011 at 12:48 am #

    The world needs more moose. Or mooses, whatever.

  42. chris November 23, 2012 at 11:44 am #

    if you want to know how she is doing this it is easy, you can take any image into corel draw and turn it into a pattern , I am a sign maker , and have to clean up artwork, (logos) all the time, To give you a idea . Go to the web download any image save it to your desktop, then open it in paint , then save it as a mono (black and white) image , and you see this is all she is doing. This is not hard to do if you have any question just ask, and yes i sure she Is just pulling images from the web and converting them.

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