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Saturday, 11 August 2012
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I am disappointed to find not only is there someone in California mimicking my designs but also to find a whole load of my designs on another website! Someone who calls herself 'crossxcrochet' is posting my designs for 10 gold coins. I sell my designs for either $4 or $5 so I do not make much profit bearing in mind it takes a long time to design and prepare charts and models. I was wondering why I have had only 2 sales in the past 2 months - now I know the reason why. I keep a list of purchasers and could with a little time work out exactly who this person is but, if I approach her,  I am sure she would deny it. But then does she actually buy the charts in the first place or is someone giving them to her? I can well understand top designers giving up!

My new designs are on hold for the time being. 

Thanks for visiting - have a good weekend
Take care


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  • On 11 August 2012 at 10:25, Blogger Elisa

    Hi Carol, I have searched this person out and it seems she has a forum where so sells copies of all designers charts, PS, CCN and more...not sure how we can report it!

  • On 11 August 2012 at 10:45, Blogger Denise SA

    Dear Carol more and more designers are having problems with people copying their designs wish I had a solution.

  • On 11 August 2012 at 11:07, Blogger Gabi

    So sorry to hear that. Hope you'll find a solution.

  • On 11 August 2012 at 11:45, Blogger Daniela

    Carol, I am so sorry this is happening to you too. I have read so many blog posts and articles about this problem and it makes me very sad.

  • On 11 August 2012 at 12:25, Blogger Daffycat

    I am so sorry, Carol. I wish people would be honest and upright but I guess its just too much to ask.

    I believe people reap what they sow. They will get their own back in the end.

  • On 11 August 2012 at 14:06, Blogger Catherine

    Oh, I hate that this has happened to you!! I have heard about those pattern sharing sites through some other designers blogs.
    I sure hope you figure something out. Please keep us posted!

  • On 11 August 2012 at 14:56, Blogger blueladie

    As a fellow designer, I am so sorry to hear this. Call her what she is - a thief! :( Cathryn

  • On 11 August 2012 at 15:18, Blogger Maggee

    What a bunch of cr#@! Makes me angry to read there are such wicked, dishonest people out there! Perhaps a letter from an attorney to cease and desist is in order. IF you contact other designers she (?) is pirating, and work together... I don't know the rules about international copyrights. But I do know that one time a designer lambasted someone publicly and that stitcher was taken out of commission! Hugs to you!

  • On 11 August 2012 at 17:20, Blogger Kathy A.

    Carol = that is just wrong. I hope you find out who she is and put a stop to her copying. Sending hugs and lots of support.

  • On 11 August 2012 at 17:41, Blogger Tazzy

    I am so sorry to hear that someone's stealing your gorgeous designs and selling them elsewhere. I hope karma gets them!

  • On 11 August 2012 at 20:21, Blogger Kelly aka STITCHNMOMMA

    Carol, you can go to the admin of the sites she's "selling" them on and ask them to take them down and cite her copyright violation. And if you can figure out which of your customer's it was you can have your legal representative send her a cease & desist letter. Not sure if it will help, but it's always worth a try. Good luck!

  • On 11 August 2012 at 22:06, Blogger Dora

    I'm so sorry to hear this. I hope something can be done. Thinking of you.

  • On 11 August 2012 at 22:28, Blogger valerie

    So sorry to hear this Carol! Seems like it's become a big complaint lately. It's greatly affecting the needlework market and community.

  • On 11 August 2012 at 22:31, Blogger Stitching Kath

    Carol are not selling any of yours at present? I was just wanting to see which ones I haven't got. thanks kath

  • On 11 August 2012 at 23:52, Blogger Hazel

    Oh man! That really cheeses me off. Definitely get some legal advice on this. X

  • On 12 August 2012 at 00:29, Blogger Jo who can't think of a clever nickname

    There's an article about copyright in World of Cross Stitching this month.
    The problem with the "gold coin" forums is that they are based in countries where US and UK copyright rules aren't legally binding so it's hard to do anything about it.

    There was an email campaign recently aimed at the person who passed on GoS's designs. Loads of people emailed her to give their opinions on her actions.

  • On 12 August 2012 at 02:26, Blogger Maureen

    I am just flabbergasted! I would like to say I'm shocked, but I'm not. We hear of such thievery & dishonesty numerous times & it's absolutely disgusting. This nasty person has really put the kybosh on us consumers who presently are unable to enjoy your new designs. We're here for you Carol!
    (Maureen in Canada)

  • On 12 August 2012 at 03:08, Blogger ArchangelDecker

    Dear Carol,

    I am so sorry this has happened to you. You may want to consider adding the person's email address to the pdf file in the design portion of the chart. Jardin Prive does this for their pdf charts and I've never had a problem with it. It's done in a manner where it doesn't interfere with the chart. I'd be willing to wait longer for the charts I purchase from you if you did that and heck, I'd even be willing to pay extra for it. :)

    Hope you find a solution!

  • On 12 August 2012 at 12:52, Blogger Carissa

    Oh no Carol! I am so sorry this has happened to you. It's terrible when it happens to ANY designer, but I think especially so to the 'smaller' designers so to speak.

    I have drooled and lusted over many of your designs, but have not been able to buy anything new for quite some time. I was so appreciative when you offered the SAL not long ago and thoroughly enjoyed it.

    I can't imagine purchasing charts in this manner. I hope it doesn't prevent you from continuing to design in the long run, you do such beautiful and simple designs!

  • On 12 August 2012 at 13:14, Blogger Susan

    I'm sorry this has happened. I think the thing you need to do is publicly shame here, as was done a while back with the Gift of Stitching magazine - the owner of the magazine published the name of the person who was selling her designs online. People in the forum searched her out, and came up with her e-mail address and blog, and called her out on it. She was pretty humiliated.

    I'm sorry that she's put such a damper on your designing fun.

  • On 13 August 2012 at 03:49, Blogger Rachel

    I'm sorry to hear that someone is copying your designs. Please don't stop creating designs for your fans ;)

  • On 13 August 2012 at 20:54, Blogger Vera

    Oh Carol, so sorry to hear this has happened to you. Hope there is a solution soon.

  • On 13 August 2012 at 23:38, Blogger Gillie

    Sheesh, not you as well, Carol, I am so sorry.

  • On 14 August 2012 at 06:15, Blogger Jeanne

    I checked out that pattern-sharing illegal site when I heard about it on Ellen Chester's blog. It's totally disgusting and what really ticked me off is that is claims it has something like 23,000 members! They get credit for charts they illegally load up to the forum, then they spend their credit downloading other illegal patterns. What is the real topper is there is a copyright statement on the website itself!!! It's just plain awful, it is happening to most all of the designers.

  • On 14 August 2012 at 16:32, Blogger angelasweby

    What a shame this woman has spoiled your enjoyment in designing and interfered with everyone else legitimately buying and enjoying your designs. I think she would have to be very naive not to know that sharing patterns is illegal. They are all doing it in a big way on that site and also don't seem to be bothered who knows about it. Then, they have the gall to be nasty and spiteful because you made a complaint!!

    They are not a completely private site and even though you have to be a member to download charts anyone can see what's available and what people are blatantly asking for.

    Maybe if she removes the images and apologises directly to you then this would help and it can be left at that. Once other designers hear that their charts are on this site I'm sure some of them will not be as forgiving.

    I do hope it gets sorted out soon and this illegal site is closed down as others in the past have been.
    Warm wishes. Angela xx

  • On 14 August 2012 at 20:16, Blogger Lizzy

    Dear Carol, I am so sorry and deeply saddened to read of the theft of your designs and those of so many other designers! What a truly shameful and deceitful thing for this person, who is a fellow stitcher at that, to do to you! Shame on them! I hope you are able to get your lovely designs off the sharing sites and put a stop to this theft! You will be in my thoughts and prayers... {{{Hugs}}} and Blessings ~ Lizzy ~

  • On 15 August 2012 at 02:46, Blogger DebbieSFL

    That is just awful.....your designs are lovely and the fact that someone thinks it is ok to steal them just makes me mad as heck!!! If you find them, go after them!!!!!

  • On 15 August 2012 at 10:16, Blogger Mindi

    Carol I'm so sorry to read about this. For years I was totally oblivious to the fact these sites even existed. It saddens me you've been forced to stop selling your pdf charts, both for your loss of income, and the fact that pdf charts are the only way I can get designs from some European designers. I know The Primitve Hare puts the name and email of the person purchase the chart as a watermark on each page of the pdf. Maybe this is something you can look into.

  • On 20 August 2012 at 00:15, Blogger Marie

    Carol, I am so sorry that you are dealing with this. I am glad that you located the thief and called her out. Shame on her.

  • On 22 August 2012 at 16:27, Blogger Megan Chamberlain

    Hi Carol, I have not been reading blog updates for a couple of weeks (no time) and have just started again.
    I am so sorry to see this happening, I just wish there was some way of actually prosecuting these people.

    I get very upset as I have very limited funds and can only buy a new design every couple of months (of course my wish list gets longer all the time) but I do buy them and really appreciate all the hard work that goes into the designing.

    I hope that this doesn't put you off producing new patterns, there are still people out there who buy and I do love seeing your new designs.