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Unbelievable… after copycats still stealing our designs from Society6, Cafepress and Zazzle the next can of worms has just been opened! Are you a designer/artist on Design by Humans (DBH)? Then you should definitely check out these Society6 members and “their” designs since they have stolen images right off DBH!

https://society6.com/search/prints?q=DBH+artist

I have just searched through one user (Isabeli) and clicked through over 80 pages of stolen and copied designs to find mine. And I have reported them to Society6, maybe you would like to do the same?

Here is the link to Society6’s contact page:

https://help.society6.com/hc/en-us/categories/200300807-I-m-an-Artist

I have chosen “Intellectual property concerns” and here is the message I have sent to Society6 so that you can use it as an example hoping to make it easier for you, especially when you are not good in English:

 

Dear Society6 Team,

I have been notified of other artists that the artwork we have uploaded to designbyhumans.com (DBH) has been stolen and uploaded to Society6 to several accounts.
Please take a look at my DBH profile and then find all artwork uploaded by Society6 user “Isabeli” as direct links. I request that you remove his/her account immediately. I will also send this message to DBH.

My profile with my artwork on DBH:
http://www.designbyhumans.com/shop/stine1online

My profile with my artwork on Society6:
https://society6.com/stine1

Copies by Isabeli:

https://society6.com/product/blue-wormhole-in-spac_print#s6-6190177p4a1v45
https://society6.com/product/santa-monica-pier-pop_print#s6-6194315p4a1v45
https://society6.com/product/ghostly-green-santa-m_print#s6-6194299p4a1v45
https://society6.com/product/chichen-itza-temple-o_print#s6-6191658p4a1v45
https://society6.com/product/abstract-rainbow-palm_print#s6-6215856p4a1v45
https://society6.com/product/blue-seattle-space-ne_print#s6-6215632p4a1v45
https://society6.com/product/sparkling-grey-santa_print#s6-6213051p4a1v45
https://society6.com/product/blue-and-turquoise-ic_print#s6-6212160p4a1v45
https://society6.com/product/isla-saona-caribbean_print#s6-6211259p4a1v45

Please note that Isabeli is not the only one stealing our work, here you can find all infringing accounts:
https://society6.com/search/prints?q=DBH+artist

I surely hope that Society6 will do something about this case of copyright infringement. DBH is informed and they say that they have also contacted Society6 on this topic and are waiting on a reply. I will try to keep you posted here, too!

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Fight against Image Theft on Amazon! #stopimagetheft

Fight against Image Theft on Amazon! #stopimagetheft

Zazzle has started an online survey where you as a Zazzle seller can report counterfeit Amazon Marketplace listings with your stolen designs!

Please help Zazzle providing them the info they need. And please note, that submitting these links to fake products is NOT a substitute for reporting them on Amazon. Zazzle is currently collection information and hopefully plotting a plan to help and support us!

Here is the link to their form:

https://www.research.net/r/KFWJL6Y

Fight against Image Theft on Amazon! #stopimagetheft

Fight against Image Theft on Amazon! #stopimagetheft

So, you would like to help us raise awareness of the problem we independent artist from Zazzle and Society6 have with the Chinese copycats in the Amazon Marketplace? (Read about the issue HERE)

Here is a list of useful links. It includes an online petition and supportive Facebook groups you are free to join. Let’s work on this together πŸ™‚

  • Online Petition on Change.org
  • Facebook group “Who stole my images?” for information on what to do. It’s closed but you may request to join
  • Facebook group “Amazon1Stars” to exchange low 1 star reviews on counterfeit Amazon products. Very supportive! Request to join, it’s closed πŸ™‚
  • I have put up a Pinterest pin you may like and share into different groups to make other artists and the public aware of the issue
  • Wheen tweet or pinning or writing on Facebook and Google+ about this issue, please use the hashtag #stopimagetheft – maybe we can make it viral? πŸ™‚ You can also start by retweeting other tweets about this topic, just follow the link to the hashtag, it will lead you to Twitter.

Please let me know if there are noteworthy links I should add. Thank you!

Fight against Image Theft on Amazon! #stopimagetheft

Fight against Image Theft on Amazon! #stopimagetheft

Image theft on the Amazon Marketplace is a huge deal. Are you a designer selling your artwork or photos on Zazzle and/or Society6? Then it is very likely that your designs have been stolen from mainly Chinese businesses and are sold on Amazon without you getting one cent from it! So far, we do not yet know how these copycats do get our images but it is likely that they only take a screenshot and use this screenshot which will result in very bad printing quality.

On Zazzle, you can add watermarks to your designs which seems to help in most cases, but Society6 does not have watermarks and they do not want to use them in the near future.

In the last few months, many of us have tried to report these copyright infringements to Amazon. Some stolen designs from a store get removed, most won’t be removed since Amazon is not very cooperative and requests more and more proof that this is OUR work we are reporting. Even Zazzle did try to help us by contacting Amazon directly but Zazzle does not hold the rights to our work. Good to know but that’s a bad thing in this case πŸ™‚

And even if a counterfeit product is successfully removed, new products and even sellers pop up almost instantly. It is insane! And when you contact them about what they are doing and that they are stealing your design, they do not even understand the concept of copyright!

So here is a new idea: Did you know that after only one purchase from Amazon.com, you are entitled to review EVERY item listed on their marketplace? Yes, really! Since I am from Germany and have never ordered anything from them I thought I could not review but hey, apparently my free Kindle ebook purchases did count, too. And here is the plan:

Let’s all write very low 1 star reviews on products with our stolen designs. Let’s raise awareness about image theft on Amazon and let’s fight back! All it takes is a comment about the poor printing quality, e.g. like this:

The printing quality will be very bad since the image was stolen! Do NOT buy this item!

And you can rate the other 1 star reviews as helpful πŸ™‚

If you don’t know where to start, please take a look at my Amazon profile where my reviews are all public. I do not only review my own products but also help other designers. Just click through the products, review and rate the other reviews:

https://www.amazon.com/gp/profile/A2101VVWW4OQ28

You can also leave a link to your Amazon profile as a comment or links to stolen artwork on Amazon. I will visit and review them!

Fellow Zazzlers have a pretty cool and free forum where we all can chat about print on demand websites like Zazzle, Cafepress, Society6, Live Heroes, Redbubble, Cowcow and all others. You can exchange links, get help with problems and learn a lot about promotion and creating products. Please join πŸ™‚

POD Promote Forum

Today I have opened a thread in the official Cafepress forum about a technical issue I am experiencing. Since I am not the only one with this problem, I really do hope that Cafepress can do something about it. Please leave a reply in the support forum – whether you do have the same problem or not – or give it a heart. It will increase visibility for the support team. Thank you!

This is the topic I have been writing:

Hi,

As an European member (from Germany), I have a problem ever since the local Cafepress.de got removed.
Whenever I want to open Cafepress.com, I get redirected to Cafepress.co.uk.
This does not sound very bad, but Cafepress.co.uk does have LESS products available to design than Cafepress.com.
Since I am not the only one with this problem (many European Cafepress members seem to have it), I’d like to ask whether there is a workaround or what is the intention? It is sad that I cannot create all products anymore 😦
By the way, I was only able to open this topic in the .com forum at work. God knows why it does work here.

And here is the link to the forum thread.

Please join my Facebook Group “Polyvore Friends“. It’s a public Facebook group for Polyvore.com members to share their best sets and to find new followers. No matter whether your sets feature home decor, fashion, beauty or art – all Polyvore users are welcome and please add your friends. Give and receive some love for your sets and collections to make them more popular or discuss Polyvore topics freely.

You can also invite your Facebook friends who are active on Polyvore, so please spread the word about this group πŸ™‚

Fancy.com is an interesting social shopping websites a bit similar to maybe Wanelo wlthough it does look a lot different. You can even get cash in return for buying through their website but honestly, I have no idea how that works.

Anyway, it is a great website to share your products although you need to be VERY careful with spam. Do not add one than one product per day or better: one product per week. My first account got banned for spamming and now I am very rarely sharing to them.

My profile on Fancy can be found here:

Christine aka stine1 on Fancy

They do have a bookmarklet for your browser which is easy to use, you can create your Fancy account with Facebook, Google or Twitter in just a few seconds. I follow back all who follow me πŸ™‚

Please check out my latest Society6 Collection “In Need of Love” that entails my Designs with less than 15 hearts. These Designs have yet to make it into the Society6 shop. Maybe you’d like to spread some love and heart them?

Thank you very much in advance. I do follow back and heart other designer’s works regularly! Please leave a link to your designs in a comment and I’ll gladly check it out and spread my own love πŸ™‚

My Society6 Designs in Need of Love

My Society6 Designs in Need of Love

Aliexpress is part of the Alibaba network, an online trading platform from China known for giving a sh*t about international copyright. Now many Aliexpress sellers are stealing your Zazzle designs and am selling them mainly on smartphone cases. The really “funny” part is that there is almost no known way you can fight back and report them – unless you have a patent with a patent number for your design and let’s be honest, who does?

I have opened up a topic in Zazzle’s forum, please do respond there begging Zazzle to take action.

In the past, Zazzle has been very supportive – not like Society6 who do not care about our copyright.

Please comment here or follow the link inside the thread to the pro forum:

—> Stolen Designs on Aliexpress <—

New Copyright Infringement with your Zazzle Designs on Aliexpress!

 

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