Copying things off Etsy?

posted 3 years ago in DIY
Post # 3
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: Central Park

I’m sure they haven’t copywrited their designs. I copy stuff off of Etsy all the time. As long as you’re not stealing their design to sell and become competition just ignore it.

Post # 4
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2013

You’ll be fine. You’re making it for yourself, not to sell. And you’re changing it. It’s not like they can lay claim to the idea of a cardbox or particular colors or shapes or anything like that.

Post # 5
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Busy bee

Surely if you are making it for personal use, you can be inspired by other designs? 

The again many fashion items are copies or inspired by others, yet they are sold for personal gain. 

I think you are okay copying a design or using features from a design for your own use/craft ideas.

Post # 8
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

I think it’s fine, as long as you don’t sell it. And, if you make it, share it somewhere (like here, FB, or just a friend asks about it), it’d probably be more morally on the up-and-up to say “thanks, I made it myself, but I was inspired by EtsySeller123’s box”, versus being “oh thanks, I’m awesome!”. If that makes sense 🙂

Post # 9
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

I used flower girl baskets from etsy as my inspiration and slightly changed them.  Made three for $50 total because I had to buy all the supplies to make them but etsy wanted $40 per basket.  Pssh.  Do it, lol.  Mine looked better too 😉

Post # 10
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: January 2008

I don’t think it’s a big deal. You’re right, chances are they won’t know and they won’t sue because you aren’t selling them. A lot of great ideas are found online and on other websites. The Internet is a great tool for stuff like this.

Post # 11
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

Pretty much everything on etsy has been copied or inspired from something else so I wouldn’t worry. GO FOR IT!

Post # 12
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

Completely original ideas are rare nowadays. Generally everyone is inspired by someone or something else.

Post # 13
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

I’m copying our thumbprint tree from etsy… $160 plus shipping when I can make it for $20 plus some time…

Post # 14
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2013 - Rustic mill, historical site

I’m sure the idea came from someone else before the person selling it on Etsy did it.   Go for it.

 

Post # 15
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2013 - Rustic mill, historical site

I’m sure the idea came from someone else before the person selling it on Etsy did it.   Go for it.

 

Post # 16
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Bumble bee

@MissKit:  First off, how are they going to know that you made it?  I doubt they have a trademark patent on it or anything.

 

And if you did sell it…then what? Nothing.

 

We all see crafts and we try to make them. So are you telling me that those famous round rose centerpieces stuck in a foam ball can never be produced or sold by anyone except the original creator. Hardly.

 

Don’t worry about it. Just do it Smile

Can you post a pic of it? Now I’m interested to see what it looks like.

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