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Hmmmmm…..what to do??


Has anyone found your pictures and tutorials on another site, while someone claims them as their own? 


(And I don’t mean using a picture or two to show where an idea came from and then linking over to the site where you took the picture from……because that’s completely okay with me.  And cool of you!  More on that in my FAQ section, in you’re interested.)




Yeah, I have too.  And it usually gets cleared up… big deal. Sometimes people don’t understand the etiquette of using someone’s pictures. 


In fact, generally I am very flattered and can’t peel the flattered smile off my face when I see that anyone has made, recreated, or altered something from my site.  So very cool.  And I love it. 


But this time the actual tutorial has been lifted, spliced, and made their own. (And in some cases THEIR watermark is placed on my pictures.  Weird.)  And it’s in Chinese.  I think?


Hmmmmm…..what to do??




Here’s another.


Hmmmmm…..what to do?? 


(Awww, get my girls’ faces off your stealer site, would ya?)




I have had a flood of emails lately, telling me that my projects are being stolen by this particular site.  Thank you.  I love having Super Sleuths out there.  :)  Thank you, thank you.  Most of you are seeing the projects on Pinterest, which then link over to their stinky site. (Which, by the way, Pin away.  If you want to add my projects to your Pinterest boards, go ahead!  And thank you!  I just ask that the image links back to my site.)


This one, however, doesn’t.  Boo.  It leads here instead.



Hmmmmm…..what to do??



But eeek, I don’t speak Chinese (or something similar) to even communicate with them.  Any ideas??



I hate to drive any traffic their way (because they are some serious cheater pants), but they have probably stolen some of your projects too.  Boo to them.


Anyway, I have been wanting to respond back to everyone who has let me know about this……but just haven’t been able to respond to every single person.  Sorry about that.  But really, thanks for caring! :)






  1. Lauren says:

    I’m so sorry that this stuff can happen!! I totally give credit where credit is due and that’s just not right what they did! I hope everything works out! I really love your blog and thanks to you made my own camera bag insert :) you inspired me to buy my first sewing machine!!! So thank you!

  2. Amy Apelar says:

    I would attempt contact in English…chances are they could figure it out! They figured out how to rewrite your tutorials didn’t they?! You may be able to complain to pinterest also. Just a thought. I hope you are able to make them stop. Nothing is more frustrating than having others steal what’s yours!

  3. Ana says:

    Hello, Ashley!!!

    I think they understand English, don´t you think? It´s very usual in Chinnese and Japannese. ( Sorry if I haven´t explained as well as I should, I´m Spanish ;))

    Good luck with this thing!

  4. fitri says:

    I’m so sorry that happen to you. oh my, so many people being ignorance.. I got the some problem like yours too, the worst part.. their used my pictures and sell cooking book with my picture on it.. I couldn’t do much since I live a thousand miles away with the stealer. In your case, can you ask help from admin / host from those site ? Good luck, Ashley and hope it will end soon. Don’t let them take your energy

  5. Disney says:

    This has happened to me, too. I just used a translator tool to email them and asked them to remove it. I got a polite response back and they did remove it, so hopefully these people will do the same!

  6. Kimara says:

    One of my readers at Wee Folk Art, saw your post, and shortly after saw this link on Pinterest. It is one of our projects, stolen, rewatermarked and linked to the another site. When this first happened to me several years ago, I was literally sick to my stomach. After all our hard work, to have someone else take credit for our efforts, was beyond my scope of reasoning. I even had someone take one of our tutorials, set it to music, and put it on YouTube. (Which YouTube took down immediately after 1 email.) For a while, I fought the fight for a while… translating sites, sending emails, contacting hosting sites. But, in the long run, just like a lock on your door keeps out the honest… professional thieves will still get in… I found that the innocent that reposted an article out of ignorance will gladly remove a post, whereas the professional offenders, especially those that don’t value copyrights, will continue to abuse and steal.

    After my 5th or 6th battle, I finally gave up. The truth of the matter is NONE of my readers visit those sites. They really aren’t taking traffic away from my site because their sites are unusable to my readers, and the people that frequent those sites wouldn’t be coming to mine anyway. I simply decided life was too short to let each of these bother me, and as I always tell my children, choose your battles wisely. Spending time and frustration on a situation you most certainly can’t change, and even if you do, there will be someone else next week doing the same thing, became pointless.

    I totally get your frustration and sense of violation. But I finally got to the point where I focused on the millions of people that have made their way through my blog, and HAVE respected my efforts. Now, unless it is a situation I think I can clear up with a quick email, I ignore them and put my energies into my creative forces. I know it’s not easy to do… where is the justice, right? But… I want my blogging experience to be joyous. I am empowering the bad guy if I allow them to taint that. Wishing you the very best as your wrestle with this situation. If you happen on a quick and effective solution, I’d love to hear it :) Otherwise, put on a pot of herbal tea, find your happy place, and don’t let the undeserving sap you energies!


  7. Cyndi says:

    They are pulling from your rss feed. There are wordpress plugins that you can add to you site which will incorporate links back to your site at the end of each post on your rss feed. That way you still get credit and traffic will still end up back to your site. Email me if you have any questions, I know how frustrating this can be :)

  8. m @ random musings says:

    +++ on the report to pinterest. An absolute must for nasty cheater sites. Also.. after fussing with gTranslate a bit, I was able to stumble on the site’s tos page which seems to forbid copyright violations. Might be worth sending a copy of the DMCA notice to the contact email on the asian pinboard?? email me if I can help more !

  9. Rachel G. says:

    So sorry to hear about this! I guess it just comes with increasing popularity. I can say that I usually recognize your pictures even if they aren’t cited! I think that has a lot to do with the increasing problem! Hope your dilemma gets solved!

  10. Brandy says:

    Just wanted to add that I clicked over and Google automatically translated the Chinese into English on my computer. It looks like some sort of Flickr website. No instructions, just photos and the words just say that it was uploaded by a certain user. Still no mention of your site…at all.

  11. Brandy says:

    I LOVE that they put their watermark on YOUR photos. Because, after-all, that would just be wrong if someone used the photos that they stole from you as their own.

  12. Ola says:

    Just found this on Pinterest and then after like 30 sec searching this original post: so it seems like you’re not the only one! If people just weren’t lazy and searched a little for the original source!!!

  13. Amy says:

    Find a good intellectual property attorney… and fast!

  14. shirley elizabeth says:

    Oh goodness….it’s bad enough that they’re taking your work, but it’s also pictures of your children! That’s just terrifying.

  15. Ariana says:

    my husband speaks/reads Chinese! We went on a mission to Hong Kong. I’ll have him check it out. It *may* be that they’re giving you credit we just don’t know about it since they draw crazy stick firgures as words :)

    1. deuxanges says:

      Ariana – no need to be putting down the language/culture of others. What’s next on the chopping block? Russian, Greek, Arabic? =(
      Those “stick figures” are actually pretty cool. One “picture” can mean one word, not just a letter/sound.

  16. Rachel says:

    I know google has a “translate” option if you google their site that might help as far as understanding what they are saying. Too bad this happens. It happens to photographers all the time too. Silly!

  17. Laura @ Laura's Crafty Life says:

    I am not sure how to directly deal with the website that stole your pictures, but I know you can contact Pinterest and have them remove any links that do not link directly to you. You have to fill out a form on Pinterest to have them investigate. Here is the link to fill out a copyright complaint form: I have heard they are very good at resolving these issues! Hope that helps a little!

  18. Laura says:

    These Asian sites that put all of the pictures together from a tutorial don’t usually have any instructions to go with the pictures. I’ve searched and searched to find original tutorials after seeing these versions on pinterest. I think a watermark with your blog address would be great- then if we see these things and want to read the words that explain what’s going on in the pictures we know where to go and Pin the real thing- because they aren’t going to stop doing it, unfortunately. But a tutorial without instructions is pretty useless.

  19. Brandi says:

    It’s not the EXACT same situation, but I recently read this and found it interesting.

  20. Janelle says:

    Another thought: I had a friend living in China a couple of years ago, and because of government control and censoring he could not read my blog, or any other blogspot blog (I don’t know that he tried others). If your blog is indeed blocked, it is possible that they can’t link back to your blog. (Not that that justifies what they did, but it might make more sense.)

  21. Molly says:

    I would email them, they may happen to speak english, or you could always put it in google translate. What they are doing isn’t right!

  22. Michele says:

    Good eyes out there. That is so wrong. Checking Pinterest links is my habit before pinning anything. I would hate to help out those thieving sites. You could try writing a simple note with links telling them to remove your content from their site. They’ll probably get the idea. Good luck.

  23. Ugi Purwanti says:

    I love you Ashley.. i am so sad to heard that!!! keep fighting!!

  24. Angie says:

    I deal with this type of thing all the time at work.

    The whois (website registration) listing for it is a contact in China (no surprise). But, a Gmail account is listed so you could see if Gmail could make their life difficult (smile).

    Otherwise, you could e-mail them a scary cease and desist copyright letter (google that and you’ll get an example). But, in all reality, you most likely can’t do anything since they are based in China. Other countries are more willing to put a stop to this kind of thing but not China.

    I hate that your kid’s pictures are involved because that takes the invasion to a higher level.

  25. Jennifer says:

    China has very different ideas about individuality and rights in general. I also don’t think you can do much, but that really stinks. I love your site and I think your projects are great.

  26. Christina says:

    This happened to someone on another blog I follow. I’ve attached the link below to the forum discussion. She was able to have Google remove the offending website & she found a company that inserts some script when people try to steal your content and post it elsewhere. Hope it helps!

  27. Jeanne M. says:

    If you post it on the Internet you voluntarily make it available for worldwide distribution. That includes what you post on Facebook, comments in a newspaper, tutorials, etc. I’d suggest you publish a book with your ideas if you want to keep them copyrighted. Most of the copying I see is from U.S. users on Pinterest, and it’s happened to me when I upload something I created. I accept it’s part and parcel of using the Internet to disseminate info.

    1. Kim says:

      A book of Ashley’s ideas would be awesome!!

    2. Carolyn says:

      I agree wholeheartedly! Ashley has the best ideas!

  28. Diana says:

    Ashley, I can try and email them (I speak and write Chinese) but I can only imagine that I will probably get no response. I’ll keep you posted.

  29. Catherine McCrum says:

    Just a suggestion for all the fellow PINTERESTERS out there, whenever possible, I try and trace a pin back to the original site – not always easy, but I try.

  30. Breck says:

    This is awful, and I’m embarrassed to say that yesterday I “pinned” the “baby hat from a sweater” project to one of my boards. I will promptly delete said pin (because I also do NOT like cheater pantsy type people) and find the ORIGINAL tutorial from your site to pin instead!

  31. Dana says:

    I did a Google translate for the page. The page is directed to an individual and not a company. The page looks like a blog and works kinda like Pinterest. I do not agree that they placed symbols over your work and I do not agree with them using images of your daughter. This is why you really should watermark your work but you do still have rights to your work. You might want to look into the symbols that they placed on the image and see if it reflects back to you or if they placed it for their own claim.

    So sorry to see that they used your stuff. In the future watermark your images with your biz name and site info.

  32. Susan Evans says:

    I felt I needed to add something to your dilemma. Unfortunately China, and probably other foreign nations, do not respect intellectual property laws. Just because we are protected by copyright, doesn’t mean that they feel they must honor these laws. I’m in Canada but suggest you contact your country’s Intellectual Property office regarding copyright and the World Intellectual Proprety Organization –
    See if they can help.
    Good luck,

  33. Kelly O. says:

    it’s a chinese pinterest type site but it doesn’t seem to link back to the site it takes it materials from–it just takes photos…..

  34. ashley says:

    Oh sad! I’m so sorry :( I’ve seen a bunch of my tutorials there too and had no idea of how to address it either :(

  35. Kelly says:

    If you use google chrome as your web browser, it can translate the page for you. I did that it almost appears as if the site that the pictures are on are some sort Chinese version of pinterest. It didn’t look like it was someone claiming it as there own but you might want to try using google chrome as your browser and see what you think. It really does look like a version of pinterest to me anyway.

  36. Laura says:

    Unfortunately, there’s not a lot you can do. Plus, this being in China, there’s not really anything you have the power to do with US copyright law. I think Jen is right that a good watermark can go a long way. They don’t want your website address all over their website, so they might leave your images alone. (Don’t place it someplace that is easy to crop out.)

    You can prevent sites from hot linking (that is taking your images that are hosted on your site and having them appear on theirs, even though they are still hosted on yours). However, it doesn’t appear that they are hot linking, but rather taking your images and creating a new one.

    It’s an interesting discussion, because sites like Facebook automatically pull images from your site and post them on theirs, when you post a link for example. Google does too (when you image search). Is this copyright infringement as well? It gets tricky, because you want your images to appear on Facebook or Google, because its typically good for your blog or website, but where do we draw the line?

    We’re also in a different place now because a lot more people are exposing themselves to copyright infringement by digitally posting content in very public forums. It’s great for exposure, but leaves you terribly exposed. And, I think sites like this one know that a person who writes a blog out of, what typically starts as a hobby, are unlikely to have the resources (or perhaps are unwilling) to pursue making it right.

    I’m sorry you are experiencing this and hope that it doesn’t discourage you from continuing with your awesome posting.

    1. Ashley says:

      yeah, seriously, don’t stop blogging cause’ of this! I LOVE your blog!!!!!!!!

    2. Ashley says:

      P.S. I hope this gets sorted out. Thats awful of them!

    3. Alisha says:

      I think a watermark is a GREAT idea…. One that is across the whole photo without being obtrusive…. something kind of opaque..

  37. latoya says:

    The browser Google Chrome has a built-in translator. If you go to the URL it looks like a Chinese Pinterest ripoff (or maybe it came before Pinterest).

    You can send a DMCA notice to Pinterest for the pictures that don’t lead back to your site.

    1. Alisa says:

      Chrome auto translated for me. I agree, it looks like a pinterest ripoff. When I went to the “About” tab it said share images that inspire you, make sure to link source”. But this particular user has it labeled as “user upload”.

    2. Christina P says:

      I checked it out too and it seemed like Chinese Pinterest. But I couldn’t find a Contact button until I clicked on the user, and then you have to log-in to the site to contact them. My Firefox didn’t auto-translate for me which is odd because typically I have a button that pops up to do that. But that is such a rip-off! Maybe contacting the Pinner and telling them its stolen?

  38. Amy C says:

    That stinks!! I’ve never tried it or used it, but I wonder if you could get anywhere with google translate. It seems like I’ve been hearing a lot about things like this lately, it’s too bad that people can’t just come up with their own stuff to share!

  39. Ashley says:

    In google chrome, if you right click the page it will give you the option to translate the site to English. It just worked for me. You can also do a whois search ( which provides the website owner – see below:

    Domain Name ………………… DUITANG.COM
    Name Server …………………
    Registrant ID ………………. hc675265474-cn
    Registrant Name …………….. Zhang Judy
    Registrant Organization ……… Zhang Juan
    Registrant Address ………….. 1906,Building4,No289 Minli Rd,ZhaBei Dist, Shanghai
    Registrant City …………….. Shanghai
    Registrant Province/State ……. Shanghai
    Registrant Postal Code ………. 200063
    Registrant Country Code ……… CN
    Registrant Email …………….
    Administrative ID …………… hc675265474-cn
    Administrative Name …………. Zhang Judy
    Administrative Organization ….. Zhang Juan
    Administrative Address ………. 1906,Building4,No289 Minli Rd,ZhaBei Dist, Shanghai
    Administrative City …………. Shanghai
    Administrative Province/State … Shanghai
    Administrative Postal Code …… 200063
    Administrative Country Code ….. CN
    Administrative Email …………
    Billing ID …………………. hc675265474-cn
    Billing Name ……………….. Zhang Judy
    Billing Organization ………… Zhang Juan
    Billing Address …………….. 1906,Building4,No289 Minli Rd,ZhaBei Dist, Shanghai
    Billing City ……………….. Shanghai
    Billing Province/State ………. Shanghai
    Billing Postal Code …………. 200063
    Billing Country Code ………… CN
    Billing Email ……………….
    Technical ID ……………….. hc675265474-cn
    Technical Name ……………… Zhang Judy
    Technical Organization ………. Zhang Juan
    Technical Address …………… 1906,Building4,No289 Minli Rd,ZhaBei Dist, Shanghai
    Technical City ……………… Shanghai
    Technical Province/State …….. Shanghai
    Technical Postal Code ……….. 200063
    Technical Country Code ………. CN
    Technical Email ……………..
    Expiration Date …………….. 2013-05-06 08:18:15

  40. Lynette says:

    Ooh, what a pain! I hope that you can get it worked out. You spend a lot of time making things and tutorials, and it’s just not fair when people steal it and claim it as their own.

  41. maly says:

    Have you tried ? You can just type in the url to see what the page says and you can also write an email in english and google will translate it to chinese for you.

    1. Annie says:

      I would not trust translation sites. I have seen some “translations” for my Japanese cousins posts on facebook that make very little sense. I don’t think that you would want to sound like an idiot to these guys.

    2. deuxanges says:

      Yes the free online translations aren’t always that great… Unfortunately with these jerks, it won’t matter if your post to them is 100% fluent or sounds idiotic. Unless you come armed with excellent lawyers versed in (international) copyright laws and the $$ to retain them for the long run, it won’t do much. And even if one site (page) takes it down, it’ll come right back up. Seen that way too often with crafting friends and tutorial sellers that I greatly admire. =(

  42. Vivian says:

    My husband is Chinese, and I could try to get things translated through the in-laws. Email me.

  43. Heather says:

    How terrible! How do you find out if it has been stolen? Makes me wonder what of mine is out there.

    Is there someone you can report them to? Im sure the internet is too big for the internet police.

  44. OPie says:

    i hate too if anyone stole my right (sorry, i dont speak english fluently)
    i think u can report abuse of that site.
    by the way i love all of your projects, creatives

  45. Melanna says:

    I’ve noticed this with a lot of pinterest pins and they are all to Asian sites. Some even put their own watermark on the picture (which is really funny when there are english words and then asian characters across it). If I want to pin the pin then I go in and edit it back to the original blog (yea for being able to use Google to search out the original source!) so that if others repin then it’s at least going to the rightful owner, but I know not everyone realizes this isn’t the original source. I also report the pin to pinterest and send the blogger a nice little note letting them know. That doesn’t solve it for you, but it seems better than nothing as a pinner.
    Sadly I don’t speak chinese to be able to help you.

    1. Anonymous says:

      Facebook translate Dutch into English for me…can they do Chinese?

  46. jen says:

    do you watermark your pictures? I always do that now after hearing a few stories like this – and always over my kids face if she’s in the pic. It doesn’t look as pretty – but I feel safer and like I’m keeping her safer.

  47. Janelle says:

    oh, that is so lame! I wish I could point you in the right direction. Do you happen to know anyone who does speak chinese?

  48. Regina W says:

    Ugh! I’ve seen so many tutorials linked to that site. I refuse to pin from it. It looks like they just take all the pictures from a blog tutorial and stick them all together and just post them with no credit or anything. So not nice. I hope you find someone to help you!

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