Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Please STOP Stealing My Designs!

As I am seeing an increasing number of copies of my robots popping up on Etsy and Artfire I must reiterate that Sleepy Robots are copyrighted and reproducing them in anyway for sale is copyright infringement. When I say copying I don't mean just the shape and style. I have found several shops on Etsy blatantly reproducing them and claiming them to be their original designs. I don't mind if you are making copies of my bots to keep for yourself as I have seen on a few other sites, but if you are planning on selling them keep them off Etsy, Artfire... in fact keep them off line! If I don't see them myself someone else will point me in your direction. I get at least 2 or more emails a week from loyal customers with links to shops selling rips of my bots. I don't mean to sound like a jerk, but this is becoming increasingly frustrating. I spend a lot of time coming up with my designs, reading suggestions and creating customs just to have them stolen and claimed by someone else. Outside of the creative aspect this is my livelihood. I do not have another job. I devote all my time to Sleepy Robot 13. I love making them, but they are also how I pay my rent and bills.

I understand that there are a lot of people "borrowing" each others photos on Etsy (Which is bad), but blatantly stealing someone else's work is just wrong.

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