Remember several months ago, when I posted about this sniveling thief bythelightofthemoon (toknittowoo on Etsy), who stole patterns from me, Bex and a number of other free pattern sites to sell on Ebay? Remember how I put up the stupid watermark so this wouldn’t happen again? Well, it turns out just because you have no morality doesn’t mean you can’t figure out Photoshop. Behold, a pattern put up AFTER the watermarking:

CLICK FOR BLATANT, ‘COPYRIGHT INFRINGING’ THIEVERY!

Here’s the link to the original FREE pattern, which I will again clarify is for personal use only, NOT FOR RIPPING OFF AND BADLY PHOTOSHOPPING INTO A COMPLETELY DIFFERENT BACKGROUND. Also, for the briefest lesson in pattern copyright – the pattern is not just for the image, IT IS FOR THE PATTERN INSTRUCTION, so guess what sister, you’re still stealing even if you did make some collages. And you also just blatantly stole a bunch of my patterns and stuck your stupid name over the top.

What’s even worse, this louse has set up her own website full of stolen patterns, presumably as a hedge against the inevitable shutdown of her completely stolen Ebay store. If you’d like to contact her through her new shop, as the email she lists for the ebay store, mariella@coolers.fsbusiness.co.uk, doesn’t seem to work (or perhaps she’s just blocked my email, possibly the only intelligent thing she’s done), please feel free to click here and write away.

I am absolutely crushed by this. This is the second time, after personally contacting them to stop no less, patterns have been stolen from my site. Until I can figure out a better way to share these images with good honest folk without getting burned again, I won’t be posting any more free patterns. Sorry guys. If anyone out there slightly better at watermarking or protecting images has any suggestions, please do let me know.

Also, be sure to tell as many people as you can, internet or in person, that thanks to the generosity of a large group of vintage pattern lovers, so many wonderful patterns are available absolutely free on a variety of sites. In fact, there are several sites out there that exist just to aggregate free patterns. Some have ads and probably derive revenue from clicks, but they at least link people back to the original and don’t try and sell them hogwash. It just boils my potatoes to think not only is someone making a profit off of stolen goods, but someone on the other end of the transaction is getting bilked out of their hard-earned money. Or if they’re a kept man or woman, someone else’s hard-earned money. And this person has already had over 14,000 sales. Times the ridiculous $5.00 for a PDF, that’s quite the stolen income, and until I can figure out a better way, I’m not helping them make another dime.

Again, that thief’s name is:

Mariella Shearer
24A Silver Street
Dursley
Gloucestershire
GL11 4ND
sims@coolers.fsbusiness.co.uk

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  1. What a completely rotten thing to do. Serves her right to be outed this way.

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  2. Some people are stupid, ignorant assholes who enjoy making money with other peoples work. I couldn´t find her on etsy so I guess she´s been banned? Wouldn´t expect anything from ebay, though.
    It´s sad that you don´t upload new patterns at the moment but totally understandable.

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    1. Thanks; I just hate getting burned twice. In the meantime I’ll probably share more random stuff from my book collection, stuff which hopefully has less resale value and is as entertaining.

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    2. I just got ripped off by this person on ebay as well.

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      1. Oof, sorry to hear. As a buyer or poster of patterns?

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      2. Oh man – crappers!

        I’ve been using pixlr.com to watermark my images – and I use a coloured watermark on the pattern instructions just in case.

        It’s just so disheartening to see someone do that :(. I personally love the stuff you share x

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      3. As a seller. I guess it is a long story.

        Try a google search and you can find some info on her political views.

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      4. She is still on ebay. Why hasn’t ebay removed her. And she is called a “top rated seller” What about “Better Business Bureau” Or a news story in the US?

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        1. Unfortunately this wouldn’t rate as newsworthy. It’s quite common, and unless the public suddenly finds the morass of copyright law absolutely FAAAAASCINATING, I doubt it ever will be. She’s a top-seller on Ebay because people who have purchased things from her have received them in a timely manner. That the items are stolen does not weigh into her selling or being rated as a seller. Ebay is also a business, and wants people who sell items, while eliminating legal culpability for those sales. So again, this is grey enough to not matter unless someone large/with lots of money complains to them. I do not actually own copyright on these patterns, though I, as others have (including the offending party), make the claim that my particular scans of these items, and in some cases photos, are my own and should be treated by the rules I have set forth.

          Long story short, if you spread the word to knitters you know, you’ve done due diligence. If you want to go above and beyond, you can complain to Ebay and Etsy as well, though it probably wouldn’t do much good. A letter to the lady herself (worded as politely as ire can afford) noting that this is balls-out wrong won’t do any good, but might make you feel better.

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        2. Can you contact me directly please, have some information you might be interested in

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          1. If you’ve got fascinating information, you can always post it here. Thanks!

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          2. Might I recommend the following website for action on illegal copies:
            http://copywatch.cla.co.uk/give-information/

            Also, eBay has a VeRO programme which stands for Verified Rights Owners. This allows copyright owners and agents to request items for sale on eBay in breach of copyright to be withdrawn and action taken against the person selling the item. Details here:
            http://pages.ebay.co.uk/vero/index.html

            Finally try a Google search of the full name and address – this reveals a political viewpoint which only confirms one’s worst suspicions about this type of person.

            There are good people selling knitting patterns (not copies) on eBay and slime like this give them a bad name.

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            1. Ugh, tell me about it. I know other folks have gone through the VeRO program, but I still think the best bet is people letting other people know not to buy from this person, and linking articles calling out the thieves. A decent rule of thumb is if it’s only a PDF, do a quick online search to see if someone else is offering the pattern free. Checking on Ravelry’s always a good bet, if you’re signed up for it.

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            2. If you go through the eBay link you provided you can see a contact number too… I am still astonished at the amount of free patterns being sold on eBay! :/

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              1. It’s rather unfortunate, and while illicit selling is a breeze to set up, recompense is far harder to come by. For starters, forms have to be FAXED to Ebay’s offices, and I don’t think most of us have a fax machine at home. Then comes a lengthy process that I’m not even sure the full scope of. The best bet is still telling any crafty friends and family where to get the free patterns online. An educated public spreading the word will hopefully put a dent in their income.

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              2. Oh that is rotten! However don’t let the lack of fax machine stop you – you can use this service http://www.faxtastic.co.uk/ for next to nothing and send faxes via email (you upload your fax as a PDF and then fax it via email). Never set it up myself (although can’t imagine it’s very difficult!) but we use it at the office and it works very well.

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                1. Ooh, thanks for the tip!

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                2. The eBay seller mentioned above is selling DROPS free patterns. Will be interesting to see what happens when this company finds out as they quite clearly state on their website that their patterns must NOT be resold.

                  Thought I was the only one who was concerned about this. Tried reporting to eBay but no luck so far…..

                  Will now contact Drops.

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                  1. Thank you for the alert – Ebay’s procedure for reporting involves filling out and faxing a specific form, and the charge of copyright infringement/material theft can only be brought by the person whose patterns are being stolen. The best course of action is to let whoever’s material’s being stolen know, and send them this link: http://pages.ebay.com/vero/notice.html

                    Ebay’s usually good about getting on infringers, but spreading word in the crafting community about bad behavior’s also helpful. Thank you again for the heads-up!

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                  2. I have been a victim of her theft since 2005 !! First as a seller on Ebay .. and now on Etsy. She started buying up lots of my patterns .. as many as 20 at a time.. I would refuse the sale send a refund but Ebay would insist I complete the sale or be banned!! So I posted them all ,watermarked images and script and lo and behold a week or so later they started to appear on her shop.;horribly altered backgrounds with ‘copyright the hare moon’ all over the images!! Not only that I got 20 negatives which knocked my seller ratings!! Ebay are no help, in fact she then reported me as having used her images after she stole from me, and I frequently had listings removed, but I could never return the favour her way, I think she has inside help there!!!
                    I have thousands of patterns inherited from my grandmother and mother dating back to 1918!!Plenty of material to build by shop and have many happy customers. The time spent recreating an old pattern, printed badly over several pages in an old magazine, into to an easy to use modern layout justifies the small cost to the buyer. They have a pdf that is clear enough to enlarge and read on a pc or tablet screen or print as often as desired. If copies are made, printed and sold by others (other than Mariella!!) I do not know of it, and I am sure most people would not see it as a worthwhile exercise!! and be respectful of the fact that they did not create it!! Now when she ‘attacks’ I enjoy getting her riled by emailing her in anyway I can!! I would not let her stupid jealous tantrums upset my life!! By the way another email address to try is HAREMOONHOLLOW@gmail.com .
                    Keep going with your lovely website and if you want some ‘free’ patterns to publish I will be happy to donate XXx

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                    1. Thank you so much! She seems a horrible person with no qualms about repeatedly stealing from others, then having them shut down for stealing ‘her’ images. I hope everyone takes the time to write her a little note and report her on eBay.

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                      1. She has gone!! The Ebay shop closed a couple of months ago!! Lots of negatives left since then.. but who knows where she will turn up next !! Xx

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                        1. HUZZAH!

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