Shelley Made: Copyright - Copying is not ok...

Saturday, 21 June 2014

Copyright - Copying is not ok...

***UPDATE  11 July 2014:  I have removed my ex-customers images from this post.  I have received written assurances that all of my images have been removed from her systems and website, and that she will not copy ShelleyMade designs in the future.***

I had hoped I would never have to write a post like this.  But I do.

I have recently found someone rather blatantly copying my personalised designs.  I cannot explain how upsetting this has been, particularly due to the nature of the copying.

Not just any "someone", by the way.  A customer.  Someone who had purchased designs very regularly from me for 16 months until March of this year.  I'm not going to name her - I'm better than that.  But I will show you what she did.

You all know my personalised range.  It's pretty recognisable as mine - anywhere you see it.  There are clear copyright notices on each and every one of my designs up on Spoonflower, and on my website.  I simply cannot understand why my customer would think it was ok to take my Intellectual Property and make it her own, but she did - reproducing my designs and having them printed herself.  These personalised designs are not automatically generated...they are created by me, by hand.  More puzzling to me is how she thought I would not find out...when she quite happily kept promoting my designs (and her copied designs) on her page.

Here is a side by side comparison I did...mine on the left - the copy on the right.  There is no mistaking the similarity is there?

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This is another example of my designs...an actual Elliott I created a few months back for a customer. 




To add insult - the copyright infringer downloaded clip art and added it to my design layout.  I do not use clipart.  At all.  Everything I put on my designs is mine, hand-drawn by me.  Where I use a font - I have either written permission from the author, a purchased license for commercial use, or it is a free for commercial use font.  I take pride in that. 

None of the following are my designs...although they sure look like them.  These photos are all taken from the location to where my ex-customer publishes and sells her products.  I am publishing them here, with her identifying marks removed, so that you can see the extent of the violation - and why I was understandably so upset.



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I thank all of my loyal customers for their support.  There are a number of those customers that sell items made with my designs entirely legitimately - and with my absolute backing.  Just not the customer whose photos appear above.

I take the protection of my Intellectual Property very seriously, and have issued the appropriate documentation to prevent this person from printing any more copied designs.  I hope that person does come across this post, and understands the absolute hurt and upset she has caused for me.  Shame on you.  It's just plain and simple stealing.

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