RANT: People stealing your ideas!!!
Hey everyone, I know this is a common problem in the crafting community, especially since many people have similar ideas. However, it angers me when people take an original tutorial and publish it as their own, or use it to make things for selling without crediting the original person. The former recently happened to me with one of my tutorials; this girl on youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-KRQ5jaZJVo used my EXACT tutorial on melting tights, without crediting me at all when I posted it many months before her on my cut out and keep http://www.cutoutandkeep.net/projects/melting-tights AND my blog http://judiyth.blogspot.com/2013/01/melting-tights-diy.html . I have searched for tutorials on how to make this way before she made her video, and no one else has posted anything like it online until I did. Also, my method is pretty original and she followed it exactly on her video, down to the paint bottle size, and the saran wrap with cardboard. If you watched it you would see the similarities. I just wish she would at least credit me because I think my idea was quite original. She is taking other people's ideas, making it seem like her own, using it for her fame... that bothers me a lot. I did comment on the video asking her to credit me. The ridiculous thing is, the company that made the tights I did a tutorial on already responded to the girl in another video, thinking it was HER idea. The video wasn't very nice but that is a whole other story.
My point is, this is not the first time something like this has happened, someone used my tutorial http://www.cutoutandkeep.net/projects/angel-wings-cut-out-tee to make shirts to sell on etsy: http://www.etsy.com/listing/130479719/angel-wing-cut-out-black-t-shirt-dress. The pattern is literally THE SAME. I think my tutorials are really original, and I appreciate that others like them a lot, but I am upset about people taking my ideas. Maybe I am overreacting because I'm not really "professional" in the crafting community... I do plan on starting a youtube soon though. Any advice? Am I making too much of a big deal out of this? I presume it happens quite often. I ALWAYS credit the original person if I follow their tutorial. Thanks for listening <3
I just got my laptop and I cant figure out cut and paste on the finger pad and I cant remember which control options are cut and paste either, anyhow; there is a board post "is it just me" we all agree with you!!! There are however people that "approve" the projects or something before they appear, I would think that this problem can be solved at that point. The web-publisher person would notice I think, being a veteran of this sight and notify the person that there are already similar tutorials on the sight and that they should re-think publishing it unless they change something or give credit..... but eh, there is always one issue or another when women are attempting to socialize so I'd say fight for your right or stick to the back ground and watch the hideous personalities work.
Unfortunately that is the realistic side to posting a tutorial, somewhere down the line someone is going to steal the idea. Like my puff dandelions, someone else used the same tutorial I made and made it more popular on pinterest and that's just reality. Also, considering you're copying a patented design, your argument of thinking you deserve credit for the "original" idea is moot. You don't deserve credit for coming up with a diy version of a designer piece. And I'm sorry to say that the angel wing cut out is something that's been around for years, same as the skull cut out. It's not that original. I'm sorry that you are upset that others are using DIYs that you feel you came up with but when you share a tutorial for something online that is what you are going to get. You have the option of not making your diy's tutorials anymore but that's it. Unless they are stealing your pictures and text you don't have any real claim on them.
I would agree with previous comments.
There are great advantages to the internet in that ideas and designs are easily researched. Practical knowledge easily gained through many online examples. it is extremely useful and would not have been possible even a few years ago.
But - the major downside to this is that anything you post online will be accessed by others just as freely as you have done in the past and ideas, if not actual designs used (I am assuming here - I apologise if you don't but must admit I do). It is just good practice and courtesy to acknowledge input from others.
It is annoying but there are people both on and in general life who will take advantage. It is human nature - for some more than others
You all bring up some really good points, thanks. I was just upset when I found out; I should have calmed down before going off on a rage on here haha. I was appalled that someone had followed my tutorial and put it on Youtube copying it step by step, claiming it as her own idea when it was obviously not. But I know that this happens a lot, and there are many worse cases out there, so I guess I'll have to accept it and move on. I suppose imitation is the sincerest form of flattery.
The only thing I can think of that you could do is watermark your photos with something like your website or name. That way if they crop up elsewhere you don't have to rely on the person taking them giving you credit.
One last thing, watch the Chew or some day time TV where they feature crafts... they are pulling ideas from these sites and using them. I get so pissed at that. I know there are people trying to be seen with their crafts and if the tv personalities are taking them...guess what..... you won't ever get to be discovered, because the tv personalities have research assistants.... taking all ideas!! So the average Jo isn't so bad they just want to be good too I guess, but the tv people F*&^ em! They are outright thieves, BUT!!! I did take a craft strait from Clinton's Craft Corner on the Chew, I noted it...but still HA I showed all you that don't watch the Chew an awesome candy idea!! Give and take but the good duys give credit where it is due, bottom line....
We can not now or ever control the actions of others. The only thing you can change is yourself.
1) Edit your pictures so they can not be duplicated without your name and pertinent (web site, etc) information on them. (You may have to learn to use the software but it's a small price to pay.)
2) Post infringement warnings on all materials.
3) Master the internet! Where is your YouTube video?
4) Learn social media software (Like HootSuite) to make sure people get to your idea's first and keep them on top of the popularity list for "hits".
5) Before you EVER post an idea, take pictures of the script, pictures and entirety of the idea as you present it. Put it in an envelope and MAIL it to yourself. This creates a legal (Federal government) time stamp of when the idea is recorded. Do not ever open the envelope unless you are in the presence of a lawyer or notary.
Finally, remembering that anything offered on the internet is irretrievably public domain... decide if you want to fight it.
Since you have not done this for your tights idea, the only thing you can do is email the poster with specific link and wording you want her to edit into the script. You can also tag her post in comments with the link to the original. (Stay friendly-You want people on your side.) Ask your friends to "like: your comment so it goes to the top.
Again (and sadly) the internet is public domain. Once you post it, you no longer really own it. You can be angry or get involved to make sure your idea's are hard to copy, easy to trace and work on the future of imminent domain with elected representatives, much like the singers and songwriters did to stop radio stations from streaming live without paying extra royalties...
I'm in agreement with Ravens Trove. Do what you can to prevent the problem and realize that this is not just you going through this.
Glad you could vent to us at CO&K. We feel your pain. I have an Artist I follow in several online sites. She is going through the same thing but it is a Gaming programmer that is using her Photographs of her work. She Watermarks everything but they are cropped around it.
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