Saturday 2 August 2014

Update on Happy Moon Pads Infringement

As mentioned in my previous entry, an Etsy seller going by the name of Happy Moon Pads was attempting to sell the Luna Wolf cloth pad pattern and tutorial set as her own work.  She was also selling a licence for people to sell items made from my pattern/tutorial set, as long as credit was given to her.

I have evidence of my ownership of this pattern/tutorial set dating back to 2009, when it was created.  The patterns themselves were hand drafted in 2008.  Happy Moon Pads did not exist until 2011, according to her own slogan - "Brightening periods since 2011".

I reported the listing to Etsy, as did several of my friends.  I never did hear anything back from Etsy, which was disappointing, but the offending listing was removed.

Good news, right?  Well, I thought so, until I realised that she'd created another listing.  Different picture, a few edits, but still my text word-for-word in the description.  I have reported the new listing to Esty.  I have yet to determine whether the downloadable product is my work, as that would involve BUYING it, and the thought of giving money to Happy Moon Pads to access my own work makes me feel sick.  I think I'm going to have to bite the bullet and do it though, to ensure I have the evidence I need.

The licence is still for sale, relating to the "new" patterns.

She also has the same listing on her own web site, which I have reported to her web host.

I'm obviously upset (and furious) that this has happened, but equally I have been bowled over by the support of my friends and customers who have added their own complaints to Etsy, and helped spread the word.  Thank you to all of you.

Wednesday 30 July 2014

Rip-off of Luna Wolf pad patterns and tutorial set

Hi everyone,

It has been brought to my attention that the pattern and tutorial set I created in 2008/9, and still sell through my website today, has been ripped off by an Etsy seller called "Happy Moon Pads".

This is my original pattern and tutorial set:

You can see from the picture that the text on the pattern reads "Copyright Luna Wolf 2008. For personal or non profit use only."

This is the ripped off pattern: [EDIT: this has now been removed and replaced with a different listing - see following update post.]

Screenshots (click to enlarge):

As you can see, it is identical, but the text pertaining to Luna Wolf has been removed. Her price also undercuts mine.  Unbelievably, she is also selling a licence which enables the buyer to sell pads made FROM MY PATTERNS - as long as they give credit to HER SHOP!

PLEASE DO NOT PURCHASE THIS PATTERN/TUTORIAL SET FROM HAPPY MOON PADS! This is MY work, for which I can provide the original hand-drafted patterns if anybody would like to see them.  Please do not give your money to somebody who is making money dishonestly off of somebody else's hard work and creativity.

Etsy has been notified.

Thanks for reading.