Yesterday I posted about a copyright infringement which had been spotted by a fan (see the post HERE).
I contacted both the Etsy legal team and the owner of the Etsy store in question, and although the seller did not reply to my message, I’m pleased to say that this morning, when I checked the store, the chart in question had been removed from sale, so there has been a positive outcome.
I hope the seller feels suitably guilty and ashamed of what they did, as passing off the work of someone else is never alright, and it has been the cause of several designers quitting. I do, however, think I recognise a great many of the designs on sale in that particular store. The only problem is, I cannot say, off the top of my head, who the designers in question are, and so I cannot alert them. I will, however, be looking around the internet to see if I can spot the designs and alert the people who hold copyright for those charts, so that they can also contact the seller and have their charts removed from sale in this store.
I once again thank the eagle-eyed fan who spotted this infringement. Without her help, I would never have known that one of my FREE designs was being sold by an unscrupulous person and that people were, as a result, being ripped off.
Designers count of the good will of fans to get in touch when this kind of infringement happens, so please, if you ever spot a design you recognise being sold by someone other than the designer, get in touch and let them know – you never know how much revenue the designer is losing because of it!