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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?





Here’s another.




(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.





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! :)





Ashley Johnston
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Ashley Johnston

Owner at Make It & Love It
Ashley Johnston is a professional DIY costume maker, sewist, crafter, and owner of Make It & Love It. She is a mom of 5 and a wife to a very patient (with the craft clutter) husband. In case you’re wondering, she always chooses crafting/sewing/designing over mopping/dusting/wiping base boards……but bathrooms/laundry/full bellies are always attended to. Whew!
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  1. Lori Kramer says:

    I still had the stolen version pinned to my Pinterest board. Luckily the link is now blocked. I deleted the pin and pinned the tutorial from your site.

  2. Christine says:

    Ugh! I just saw the hat tutorial on Pinterest. It’s linked to that foreign blog that’s watermarking your photos. When I saw it, I remembered seeing this post about your work being stolen. On the actual site, there’s what looks like a pretty irate commenter. All I can read are your name and blog name, but it seemed like she was sticking up for you :). I just reported it to Pinterest as being stolen, so hopefully they do something about it.

  3. Allie Y says:

    I know this is an old post but I just found a new site that I hadn’t seen before watermarking your pictures! Hope this helps!

  4. Jen w says:

    Honestly, they can probably read English because most foreign countries require students to take many, many years of English, so you should email the site owner and let them know that they’re stealing. Unfortunately, I’m not sure that copyright laws are the same in China as in the US, so what they’re doing might not technically be illegal. But I’m no lawyer!

  5. Hi says:

    Maybe you could copy and paste it and translate it on Google Translate.

  6. Zoe says:

    Go to Google translate, type what you want to say, and translate it into Chinese or Japanese, and send them an email
    saying that you would like YOUR pictures taken off of THEIR website.

  7. Kristi @ Addicted 2 Decorating says:

    I recently had a similar thing happen to me. Someone in Poland took all of the pictures from my most popular tutorial, made a collage of them (cropping off all of my watermarks in the process) and uploaded it to a Pinterest-type site in Poland. From there it was picked up by a Pinterest-type site in Germany, and from there it went viral. It was all over Tumblr, stumbled over 105,000 times on StumbleUpon, and withing about six days, it had been pinned over 63,000 times on Pinterest…with all of the links going to that German site that had no mention of me or my blog, and had pictures with all of the watermarks cut off.

    Let me tell you, it’s so disheartening to put that much effort and time into a project, photographing all of the steps, editing all of the pictures, and writing up the tutorial, and then to see it spread like wildfire with no mention of your site and no link back. I get a little upset when people respond by saying, “Oh, just let it go” or “Consider it a compliment…they really liked your project!” It’s not a compliment. It’s theft of copyrighted material that results in a loss of income for me.

    I fought it, and for the most part, I won. I sent DMCA takedown notices to Pinterest and Tumblr. Pinterest responded immediately, and stayed on top of it, deleting the new pins daily. Then I sent a modified DMCA takedown notice to the sites in Poland and Germany. (Since DMCA is an American law, and they have no obligation to abide by our law, I didn’t mention it specifically. However, most other countries do have similar copyright laws, so I did send proof of copyright violation and demanded (in a respectful way) that they remove the offending material.) The site in Poland responded immediately. The site in Germany took a few days longer, but they eventually removed it as well.

    It is true that if you put information online for the world to see, you can reasonably expect that some people will steal and abuse your intellectual property. However, I certainly don’t see that that’s a reason to just accept it and let it go when it happens. It’s kind of like reasonably expecting that your city has its share of thieves, but that doesn’t mean you should be okay with it if one of them walks through your front door and steals your flat screen television. If that happened, you probably wouldn’t respond with, “Well, I should have expected that since I opened my curtains this morning and people walking by can see in my windows” or “I should just be flattered. They’re telling me I have great taste in televisions. What a compliment!”

  8. Sophie says:

    Not that I’m wanting to support them stealing your content (which is completely wrong, no matter where you’re from!!) but it is highly possible that your blog host doesn’t pull up in China (the government blocks a lot of content, including many blogs and popular sites in the US). They may have pulled your content and posted it so that their readers could access your amazing tutorials.

    One a good note, I love your many tutorials and ideas and I might have to learn how to work my sewing machine now!!

    Thank you so much!

  9. Melissa says:

    I am more disturbed that they used pictures of your kids. I know the whole stealing thing is terrible, but I am with you about getting your kids off their site. It is one thing for you to post photos of them, but a different ballgame when a stranger does it! Good luck getting it removed!

  10. Jill says:

    So sorry Ashley! I would agree with watermarks across your photos. This has happened to me about 5 different times, so I had my web person block the right click feature from my website. Perhaps the right click feature can be disabled from a blog also??

  11. DSeattle says:

    Besides watermarking your images. You (and other bloggers who have been violated) could start an informational campaign on Pinterest. It’s been done several times for various reasons, including to protest Pinterest’s own policies. You write a short post about how these kind of picture-only, often Chinese sites steal intellectual property and make an image that is cute or eye catching, like something with large Chinese characters with over writing that says if you can’t read this… don’t pin it. Then we’ll all pin it and others will too, eventually the whole Pinterest community will know the truth about these pins/sites.

    I have seen pins like these and generally don’t pin them because they didn’t have directions. Tonight I will double check and remove any if I find them– they may not be your work, but they probably do belong to someone who isn’t getting credit.

  12. Bett says:

    回复 weewena : 看來你也看到了Ashely寫的文字,我已經私信堆糖新浪微博了,看他們怎麼處理吧。還有發這個的朋友,還是把原創鏈接標出來的好。回复


    Hey Ashley, I love your website. Just want to translate the above for you. Basically 林海田田 and weewena are fighting for you. 林海田田 had written in to regarding lifting your tutorials and claiming them as theirs and also to give you credits on your work. Weewena had also written to complain that the tutorials are yours and not theirs and listed your link as the original link.

    Keep up the good work.

  13. Nicole says:

    Just email them (if you can find a link with an envelope by it!) They probably speak enough English to understand what you’re saying. Ask them not to use your pictures without giving credit or asking your permission first. So lame, sorry to hear that you have to deal with this!

  14. sharla says:

    I have a friend who has a pretty popular blog and the entire thing was stolen-as in posted under a different website- the entire thing. So it happens all the time in the internet world. I would just be bugged about the photos of my children.
    I love your projects and all you share. I have looked at your blog and seen many posts – and thought I already did that – like for example- black out curtains. :) But I think it is great that you share your ideas. Some of them blow my mind- like recovering a baby car seat- that I started a year ago- and never finished- and now my baby is almost one- so forget that one for me….ha ha. Others out there have great ideas too- even if they don’t have a big website…and the towel lady- has a great one-although there a million towel wraps out there- just google it. (I always google before I post anything that I made up- just to double check that someone else did not think of it too….and post it first. :) )
    Thanks for all your share. I don’t know how you do it with kids!

  15. Kel in Oz says:

    Hi again,

    Don’t know if you’ve had any joy with this issue but I’ve found a few things that might be of interest?

    Scroll down to the shrink wrap info.

    They can probably still do a screen dump, but the image won’t be as high quality.

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