Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Vintage Patterns, Copyrights, Piracy & Etsy

Do you like to collect vintage patterns? 
I do and I like fixing them up as a hobby.

Is reselling a vintage pattern legal in an e-book, even if I fix up the art? 
Depends. Actually it turns out it is not legal at all if the pattern was made after 1922. Anything made before 1922 is considered 'public domain' and safe to copy, including art, patterns and entire books. But anything from, say the 1950ies is not. The artist might actually be dead or elderly at this point, but even so, the copyright is still valid until 50 years after their death. An artist's work is automatically copyright when they make it or post it up someplace, but only a register copyright is good enough for proof in court.

If it is not legal, why are there so many vintage pattern sellers out there on the internet? 
Because the artwork is pretty much abandoned. No one is policing their work, sending these sellers 'cease and deist' letters or suing. BUT they could sue if they wanted. So it's a total gamble. Even if they choose to sue, it's expensive to do it and they can only sue for the lose of sales. So if you sell the pattern 100 times for $5, they can get $500 bucks back. Not exactly a fortune, but maybe it is worth it to them just to punish the seller. Because if they re-post the work up again, they can get 5 years in prison.

Does Etsy allow you to sell vintage patterns?
Yes they do. Legally you could resell an old pattern you bought that was printed by the ORIGINAL artist or company. Like a paper pattern from Mc Calls or a vintage magazine. But e-books with copies of the original artwork are not legal if they were from artwork after 1922.

Does Etsy 'police' their site to stop re-sellers of people's copyright artwork?
HA HA HA. No. Etsy relies on the public to report shops and listings, and getting them to actually do anything about infringements is truly a battle. Etsy is basically the craft black market. You can find all sorts of copyright infringement products, not just vintage patterns.  If you have a favorite movie or game or tv show or doll, there is going to be some kind of 'knock off' product on there. It can actually be fun as a buyer to see some of these 'inspired' products of your favorite movie or tv characters. But the fun stops promptly if you are the one getting ripped off. Big companies do see a hit in their sales from knock-offs, but small businesses with a single artist or photographer are just totally decimated over night. It is a nightmare to find your art, pattern, clever product idea or photography has been copied and is being resold, usually at cheaper prices.

Does Etsy have to take down the listings that are knock-offs if you complain?
Yes... and no. Legally if they want to be covered under the 'safe harbor' law and not get sued they have to follow a set of rules. Those rules state that they must have a copyright violation report system, and counter claim system and agents on staff to handle reports. If you are buyer and see your favorite artist is being knocked off by a seller on Etsy, you can technically flag the store, but these reports are ignored. If you ask, they will tell you file an internal report on the individual listing.

Does Etsy's copyright reporting system work?
No and sometimes yes. Actually their system is completely broken. If you report the item they will suspend the listing for 10 days and give the seller a warning they have been reported. Sometimes this warning will spook the seller, who might give up selling your work because they fear being sued.  But the seller can file a counter report and just put the item back up. The seller will have to give up their personal info (no guarantee that info is actually legit) and you can use their info to take them to court and sue. If they file the counter claim, Etsy will not remove the item permanently unless you show them the court date for when you are suing. Even if you show proof you are the original seller, even if the seller has HUNDREDS of other notices and complaints, Etsy will not help you out. A scammer seller can even report your original art to be 'theirs' and have your actual legit listings pulled down. Even if you prove this person is a scammer, maybe you have a registered copyright, or the proof they have against you is a photo with your watermark and name and url address, Etsy will not take any action to punish the scammer who reported you.

Is it a good idea to sell your original artwork on Etsy?
Yes and no. You can makes some money, until someone copies you. (you will be copied) Once you are copied your sales will drop and maybe even stop. Even if you are not copied it is hard to get noticed on Etsy, because their listing system is not not very good and your unique items will get lost in a sea of  'cheap' goods.

Is it a good idea to sell your 'digital' artwork or pattern on Etsy?
Good god no! Literally count the days until someone takes your e-book or art and resells it or just plain gives it away! It is a terrible idea to sell digital goods on Etsy.

Friday, April 6, 2018

Princess Daisy Chibi

Title: Chibi Princess Daisy
Medium: Acrylic
Artist: Alina Yanta
Gift for my friend Josh.

Sunday, March 25, 2018

Where to Buy Blank DIY Dollfie Dream Eyes

On the hunt for the perfect pair of Animetic doll eyes? Not looking to mold silicone, and mix resins? Why not make some eyes yourself with a print out and a blank eyeball kit? (What? You can do that? Yes, you can!) These blank eye kits come with a white base and a clear dome. Now you can customize your doll to a million different ways! These blanks are available in different sizes but for me the hardest ones to find where the large eyes for 'Dollfie Dream'  at 22mm and 24mm.

Here is a list of sellers I found online to get you started:
Aliexpress Shop: Tea Azone. 8mm - 22mm, in sets of 26, for about $18-$20 USD (about 0.70 USD a pair) + free shipping
Pupapa. 8mm-24mm, $1.80 USD pair + free shipping

Ebay Shop: Hobby.Zone. 8mm-26mm, $3.39 USD + free shipping

Etsy Shop: SAEYECHIP 8mm - 26mm, $2.99 USD a pair + $5 shipping (Buy ten pair get two pair free)
Etsy Shop: MagicDIY. 8mm-26mm, $3.29 USD a pair + $6.50 shipping

DIY: "Faux Resin" eyes for BJD and Dollfie Dream

How to make your own fast and cheap Dollfie Dream Anime eyes using craft store  'Mod Podge Melts' and cabochon stickers, or 'Mod Podge Dimensional Magic'!

I found eye molds but they are round iris and not flat.. still looking for that mold from the video. I found a seller on Aliexpress willing to make this mold in 24mm with 13mm iris! Tea Azone

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Hastune Miku Eyes For Dollfie Dream

For a guide on now to make glass dome eyes click here.

Inuyasha Ball Jointed Doll Eyes

These eyes for perfect for Dollfie Dream, 24mm size eyes.
For a guide on now to make glass dome eyes click here.

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Free Coloured Printable Scrabble Board

This board is 11.7" x 12.6". It can be printed on 14" x 17" paper. For printable non-coloured version of this board click here.

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Perler Bead Anime Maid

Just finished this large perler bead project, 8 pegboards! The original artwork is by ibu_chuan on instagram. She makes such cute characters. Here is my perler pixel version of her maid character.