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This post is not like my others. ‘And I’m feeling violated! So absolutely violated! I can’t believe how infuriating it is! This ‘internet thing’ is so unbelievable sometimes! I’ll tell you; the good, bad & UGLY of the ‘Net! and maybe you can help me. (NEW UPDATE! See below!)

First, the Good:

Since starting this site I have made a lot of friends sharing my projects! I get emails daily from very kind people who actually thank me for posting projects and patterns for free. Some share something about themselves and also feel a kinship to me. It’s so sweet. I’ve even had an 80+ lady offer to ship me leaves from Australia for my eco printing. One wonderful lady sent me some silk that she knew I could use. How amazing is that!? There’s a world between us but they feel like they know me through my words. I really love that feeling of being connected and appreciated. My readers enjoy my projects and I feel good about that.

The Bad, really really BAD:

I am super busy designing my projects, photo editing, writing, answering emails, digital media and all else that goes with this blogging thing. I don’t have the time to cruise the net for ‘fluff’. One of my readers recognized my projects and gave me the heads-up.

OMG! I almost fell off my chair, when I saw the exact copy of 2 of my projects in a click-bait video by 5-Minute Crafts! I mean EXACT! Each piece and method to the absolute ‘T’! But Don’t let me sway you, look for yourself: or on YouTube.

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Do you remember this Rock Eye Peepers project (Oct 2018)? It is completely designed by me, each aspect from using the tin foil and the glass pebbles…

Compare the screenshots to my photos. U N B E L I E V A B L E!

This video is running rampant through Facebook and gaining massive views by the second. Again, OMG! Some people with integrity actually ask permission to link to my site; (how very ethical of them) 5-Minute Crafts did not ask any permission!

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How can this company (5-Minute Crafts) just steal a project and publish it as their own?! Can this be possible?

Come on, tell me, is it the same? Could it be a fluke that just happened?!

How coincidently they used all the same materials, same order…

…same outcome:

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I think I hear your answer! Am I insane?

What to do?!

I NEVER thought this type of blatant theft could happen! Yes, I know you are saying I should report it. I first emailed the company which gets confusing as they are under a few names (figures) to which they did NOT reply. No reply to many attempts!

5-Minute Crafts is a fairly large firm with more manpower than I have, so why do they need to take MY MATERIAL? Design your own! If this happens with mine, then where did all their other material come from?

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Not just one Project, but 2!!!

To my horror 2 of my projects were ‘taken’ and copied in the same video. The Concrete Lighted Step Spook has been one of my popular designs as it uses such easy materials… The use of every single jar and styrofoam meat tray all copied. How is this possible?!

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5-Minute Crafts flies through the video so fast and people question if the projects even work. Well, the consistency of the mix and the improper referral to ‘Cement’ tells again that they have no true idea, just that they found a great project and copied it (ya, I said that a few times)

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The UGLY:

Well, the ugly part is what can be done about this blatant copying. I filed a Facebook copyright violation and the following day I was asked for more info. After a couple hours a quick response: ‘Thank you for your report. Based on the information you’ve provided, it is not clear to us that the content you reported infringes your copyright. The reported content appears to embody a similar idea that’s expressed in a different manner from your work.

Can you believe it?! ‘Similar idea, different manner’??! Unbelievable!!!

I also filed a YouTube Copyright Complaint Submission but have yet to hear back. I suppose Instagram may also follow…

UPDATE: YouTube has come through!!! – ‘Thank you very much for your notification. The content has been removed.’ See for yourself: I have some faith again and hope this sends a message to ‘Stay away from my content!

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Please help me:

This is my Concrete Step Spook in progress, ‘similar’ seriously?!

If you see my point and can’t imagine that they really dreamed this up please post comments to that fact. We need to become aware of where these companies get their content, cool projects or not.

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Does this one not look exactly like mine??!! I know it’s a great design now as this video is going on 60 million views. Does that not say anything about my projects? Let’s step up and take notice of what we watch on the ‘Ugly ‘Net’! This can happen to anyone… as I never imagined it could happen to me. But then again I believed most people are good and have ethics. I guess my bubble is bursting.

Has this happened to you? I’m looking into legal action. Tell me I’m not crazy. I’ll update when I get info. Sadly this may impact how/what I put my effort into and any future posts.

barbmaker

I'm an artist & I make things... all kinds of things.

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  1. Barb I am so so sorry this has happened to you. And for the “people” at FB who said it was not exactly your work, well this is just ridiculous. I know nothing about copyright infringement but I am sure someone who follows you might have some ideas. I think you are totally entitled to be pissed off, I hate thieves and to do this so brazenly is horrible. I appreciate everything that you give to us and wish there was something we could do to help you. If you find out anything that we your followers can do, please let us know as I would be happy to try and help.

    1. Thanks so much! I feel especially passionate about this since I teach ‘academic integrity’ at the college, so what kind of message does this start to show the youth?! Sadly it’s zapped some of my creativity 🙁 You can leave comments at the video sites. Boycott 5-Minute Crafts!

      1. I am so sorry that this all happened to you. Some folks are just shameless. I have always appreciated your straight forward style and willingness to share your boundless gifts. It is good you are following up on the assault but don’t let it keep you from being you!
        Love and hugs,
        Lee

        1. Thanks for the kind words! I know at some point you just need to move on, but having the idea that what I’m working on will be their next ‘profit’ is hard to swallow. ‘Nice to feel the support!

    2. Dianne replied very well!
      I also feel angry and very sorry about this copy of your art work! I was where you are, with my efforts, way back in the ’80’s, before the computer existed for me. My copyright AND patent were not enough to protect my efforts. I lost lots of sleep, and it messed with my deepest sincerity of my ~ baby~!
      I know a lot of time, and heart goes into your post! Sharing in the cyber world, as I am learning, has many forms of rewards and bullying. As you progress forward keep us informed on this journey of infringement, but please don’t lose your passion in creating and sharing with the family subscribers who have been with you for years.
      Sending “positive” thoughts, for a “positive” outcome!
      Suzanne

  2. hi barb i follow your neat crafts and love it but there is much more of your smiley rocks out there too after you show your ideas.people are posting as if they are their ideas out there /they are not showing projects how they turned out /i am making smiley rocks for friends and people this christmas ! if there friends want one well they need to pay for cost for me to make to put in pot or yard i can not pay for it all but make for free cause i enjoy to do i hope with you that would not be a problem /just to let you know your projects are very much out there on the internet by others.please keep your site and creativness tyvm

    also i do tell people where i found how to make these and people said i should sell in summer but i have to ask you first i said /i also have showed your site and printed directions and gave to girlfriends.

    1. Using the tutorial to make your own is what is intended. Reproducing the instructions and passing around is not right. Copying a book and passing it around is the same idea, should not be done. Sharing by sending the link is fine. Others should not profit by reproducing/publishing non-owned work.

    2. Hi Barb I follow and enjoy your post and try to make
      Iek is baie jammer dat al die dinge gebeur wat kan jy verwag ons sien dit daagliks maar jou volgers jou ken sal hul na jou pos gaan en die oorspronkle doen
      Weet nie wat kry hul uit oneerlikheid hulle sal eendag self moet verantwoording doen
      Loerhie groete
      Neeltje

  3. Barb
    I am so sorry. I love your work and had never heard of this website. I will never go there unless it is to give them negative reviews for their thefts. I’d heard of this happening with scarves, boas etc. that people were selling, but why would they need to steal your methods and ideas.

    1. Well, it’s because they are quite unique. 62 million views tells me that! They do not work out the method/material or testing. Where has good old-fashioned integrity gone? Thanks for commenting!

  4. No you’re not crazy nor are you insane. It is an infringement and it is wrong. Unethical behavior at the last and I am so sorry this has happened to yet another artist. I appreciate your free content and just made another donation to your blog but it is small and I know all your work is worth so much more. Sad people need to steal. Irit Dulman is another artist who does fabulous eco printing who published a lengthy email several years ago about someone who went to her workshop and proceeded to post all her information that took Irit years of experimentation to produce the results she did. Sadly, this happens way too much. Please don’t stop being the generous, helpful creative person you are. If I see this I promise I will send it to you as well and report it. Best of luck to you in whatever you decide.

    1. Thanks! I knew the projects would get made, but not expect copied and published! Irit discovered some methods and that is even harder to copyright. I know how no one would share any eco printing secrets… I learnt by trying. It makes me completely question how I move forward and the generosity. I appreciate your donation!

  5. I am so sorry this has happened. Is there anyway your followers could do something? It seems to happen a lot. My calligraphy friend from Los Angeles had her piece copied almost exactly and posted on Facebook. All of us pounced on the person from Australia. I guess she thought she was far enough away. It was taken down and her name noted. Let us know what we can do besides boycotting 5-minute Crafts. I will check them out.

    Dorothy

    1. Yes, numbers do help! Showing and expressing disgust in the comments helps as they post on mostly on Facebook and YouTube. I can’t imagine the revenue that 62 million views brings!! Facebook has turned a blind eye (probably due to ad revenue from such a large company) Seems quality is less important that ‘cool factor’ lately. Sad impact on the future generations 🙁 Thanks for chiming in!

    2. I had something similar happen to my work 40 some years ago.. I had filed copyright ownership on every individual piece I created with the Gov. copyright agency. When I reported my copyright was infringed, I was to hire a copyright Attorney which, when I searched, was 100+ miles away from my city. I contacted the office and was told my initial consultation would be $500. Who knows what it would cost today? I am sorry this happened to you Barb. This is theft. When someone steals from you and puts it out there so blantantly, it’s like a slap inn the face. May I suggest you allow your followers access to the FB sites this company is posting on as well as the YTube channel so that we can post your site to the readers to GET IT STRAIGHT?. .

  6. Barb, I just read this about 5 Minute Crafts when I was looking for them to post a Boycott comment. Barb, it looks like all of their ideas are stolen from creative people. They are parasites.
    5-Minute Crafts is a DIY YouTube channel that is owned by a company known as TheSoul Publishing which is based in Limassol Cyprus. It also owns other big brands like BrightSide. The content is usually a compilation of DIY projects, life hacks, crafts and any other content they find interesting. At some point it was the 3rd fasted growing YouTube channel and has so far generated over $70 million for the company.
    Ginene

    1. Well thanks for the info, I feel a bit more sick now. I have contacted them numerous times through the Soul Publishing with no reply. Perfect phrase! PARASITES! I believe there is a way to prevent any of their videos to show in your FB feed. Word needs to get out!

  7. UGH!!! – My husband and I are recording and performing musicians. We know how you feel. We’re constantly finding our pirated music and instructional videos posted online for free download or for sale on sites that keep all the funds. Typically those sites are based somewhere in Asia. It seems there is almost nothing we can do. We’re just grateful to the fans who continue to support us by coming to our live shows and purchasing from us when we release new music.
    If we created truly blockbuster material (like you!), we would seriously consider hiring an intellectual property lawyer or firm to try to recoup some of our lost income. Perhaps you could consult with an intellectual property attorney and see if they think they could help you? Your case would probably be easier to pursue since you have one very large firm that is clearly profiting from the theft. (In our case, our music has been scattered too far and wide.) The brave new digital world has made art an even more treacherous profession than it was before. I’m SO sorry this happened to you.

  8. Barb, I am so sorry! You truly inspire more to learn more and craft more. I am donating to your blog in hopes that it keeps pushing you forward and will continue to inspire many more. Even if your charged a fee per month to have access to your blog, I would pay. Keep pushing!!

    1. That is a consideration. I have been too generous. My goal was to share creativity and theirs is just $. Not even enough integrity to reply to emails or comments. That says something.

      1. I agree with your idea of going to subscription. I have made a number of donations and would subscribe. You’ve built a reputation for excellence, high quality and innovative that comes with being a long time publisher of craft ideas. In the podcast world, seems like this is how it works . . . Create great stuff and once you get to a higher viewer threshold they either have a subscriiption model, or the subscription includes waaaaay more extras than a basic creative idea, or they have sponsorships. You could also do inperson seminars. Here in the states, an experienced teacher like you could easily make $3000 per class. (I used to teach and was amazed at what I made.)

        It’s a shocking wake up call to see your stuff stolen and monitized. I wonder if If everyone of your fans went to their site and gave a down arrow or made a comment, if it works that way, it might at least make a ripple.

        I HATE facebook. Someone stole my identity, and I’ve rpoerted it twice and it’s still there. . . . Modern life.

        Either way, I hope you keep up the amazing projects. It always brightens my in box to see “Made by Barb.

        1. I’m glad I’m hearing that people feel it’s worth it. All I wanted to do in the next while was christmas projects… I need to breath and get past this. Interesting concepts that you mention. Happy making

  9. This kind of thing happened in the past, but it is amplified so much on the web. Sadly, the ‘bad’ tend to be the big guys who simply ignore those of us who share or who are small sellers or are trying to get a unique idea off the ground. The big guys know that we small potatoes types don’t have the money, time or manpower to fight unfairness and unethical behavior. I feel for you!

  10. Unfortunately the internet is a double edged sword. Having the exposure of the internet has allowed countless artists to find customers for their art they could not have gained any other way but that same exposure gives thieves the opportunity to profit from someone else’s work.. I have read several similar cases and the general consensus seems to be just to tell yourself that imitation is the sincerest form of flattery and carry on. As a solo entrepreneur the costs of mounting a legal challenge against a $70,000,000 company would be prohibitively expensive and you could find yourself in litigation for years. That kind of stress would likely take so much time and energy from your business that it could ruin you. I understand how you feel violated and angry and I don’t want to trivialize those feelings but maybe “Keep Calm and Carry on” would be the most productive way to handle the situation. It likely won’t be the last time an idea will be appropriated but the internet is so vast there will still be millions of people who will appreciate the work you do and they may never hear of that nasty company.
    It certainly wouldn’t hurt to spread the word about that company and maybe enough negative feedback will put a dent in there operations. But please try to put it behind you for your own sanity.

  11. I called them out on it on youtube on the video and also posted about it on twitter and facebook. I know it’s not much but I will do what I can to spread the word around about what they are doing.

    You do great work and I love all your tutorials. Much love!

  12. Heartbreaking that this can happen to someone who shares knowledge and ideas so unselfishly. It is shameful of Facebook to not even attempt to do something to acknowledge what happened. But good for you to call them out, hopefully the truth prevails. I think you are brilliant and am so grateful for all that you do share. I am willing to do what I can in support of you and your talent. I will share that Alliexpress is selling pirated art and craft supplies on their site by some rather popular crafters. I for one refuse to shop there any more, not that I can make a big difference, but I can choose not to support something something I deem wrong. More power to you Barb!

  13. I know this is a little bit of “locking the barn door after the horse has gotten out” , but at one time I designed websites for manufacturers and professional people. One of my clients was well known in the entertainment industry for the work he did. He wanted to post pictures of his work, which I did. Lo and behold – the same thing happened to him in a different context. That sent me searching, and I found more than one way to “lock” down your pages and/or photos so they cannot be downloaded and used. I don’t know who does your site, but you could inform them of this, I wish that I could remember what I used, but it was so long ago.
    Best of luck – I know how infuriated I would be!!!

    1. Well, they used the instructions and made photos almost exactly the same. I have that now. But the real parasites spend their efforts getting past that! ‘Since they aren’t actually making ideas…

  14. Hi Barb, What a terrible thing to happen. Rest assured karma will kick in and they will eventually get their due. My 2 pennies worth is that perhaps you create a private page and only put your designs up there. So you can manage who views them. I love your work and have some some samples using the microwave oven and they turned out ok. Will you be doing any online eco-printing workshops in the future?

    1. So far I do not have the time to do workshops and there are many things to consider before bringing in people. (insurance, accessibility etc) Somehow the 70 million $ profit does not sound like karma. 🙁

  15. This is clearly theft of idea. If I were you I would get angry, as I suppose you are, but I would also say through my gritted teeth: No ugly, mean company is ever going to make me petty. I’ll continue as I have always done, but ask my readers to — whenever they see my ideas misused or stolen — simply write a comment saying: I saw this idea years/months/weeks ago at Made By Barb [link] and as it is her idea, her explanations etc. are much better.
    In short, don’t stop doing what you’re god at, but have all the nice people help you fight the few bad ones.

  16. Clearly you have been the victim of theft. In future, why not put your trademark handprint on every photo and add a warning to others to not copy without proper credit and a link to your site.

    1. I have a watermark of my logo on each picture, but that does not stop them. I also have stated reproduction for non personal usee in prohibited. Does not stop the scum.

  17. This is so disheartening! You put so much time into your great tutorials. My grandson and I had such a great time making your rocks with the eyes and teeth. I’ve never heard of these thieves before. Let us know what we can do to help you stop them and just know that we appreciate all that you bring us.

  18. How can I help? I was a jewelry maker some years back and had a website selling some of my speciality items (cancer awareness bracelets) and ALL of the proceeds of those items went to that cause. The same happened to me. I was a one woman shop with no time or energy to fight it. Honestly it was a hobby for me and I was under a lot of stress just having lost my husband. So I closed my site and moved on. But this is very different than what I dealt with. Please let me know what I can do to help you

  19. So sorry this has happened to you. In order to encourage and respect creative endeavour, our society needs to protect and reward artistic genius,. You are one such. Fighting injustice behind the scenes, never gets far. Have you considered contacting The Spec or “Go Public” at CBC? A burden shared is a burdened lightened. We are with you. Your story needs a broader audience!

  20. So sorry your ideas were stolen and made profitable for these idea thieves. They look identical to yours. i don’t know how you can prevent theft of ideas once they’re on the internet. It’s a shame a few bad apples ruin it for the rest of us. Please keep up your creative projects, – you are so very talented!

  21. I’m sorry your going through this. I saw those posts from them on Facebook and it was confusing. They were just like yours! You are such an inspiration to me and so many others, how ever true artists / crafters should take those ideas an techniques and make their own creations with their own twists! Not copy exactly and with out permission post it like their own. It’s sad and I hope you can get some recoarse.
    Steph

    1. Yes amazing! I was appalled that even the photo was set exactly in the same setting… 5-Minute Crafts has no ability of their own. I hope they can look themselves in the mirror.

  22. Dear Barb……this is shocking! I would take legal advice. The 5 min craft videos are great – now I know why!!!

    Good luck! xxx

  23. I have been following you since I discovered you. I live your innovative work and your instructions are spot in. I appreciate you sharing the how-to. I really enjoyed the fabric tests with concrete. How helpful for us who are new to this art. I am so sorry that your original ideas are being stolen and passed off as someone else’s work. To me, that’s akin to stealing your child and claiming it as your own. FB is wrong. It’s like stealing a song, but changing a single note and claiming it’s original and not blatant piracy. So sorry!

  24. So sorry that your ideas were copied. I know it can be frustrating. But as for any “legal action”, I hate to be the one to tell you, but you’d just be wasting your time – and probably your money as well. I know that’s probably not what you wanted to hear.

    Let me explain a bit. I come from a professional publishing background, so I’m somewhat familiar with copyright and some of its nuances. What FaceBook has told you is essentially correct. Ideas and concepts are not protected by copyright. Only specific implementations are protected.

    For example, consider the implications you would face in communications if somebody were able to, say, copyright the alphabet. That would be a bit problematic, now wouldn’t it? The concept of certain basic shapes for communication is public domain. A specific font though, is another matter. A font is protected – but ONLY the specific implementation of it. If somebody makes a copy of the font using only the concepts – then that’s free game.

    Where this comes into play in your situation is this. IF they has actually used the pictures YOU made for your blog, then it would be violation of copyright. But because they only used the ideas and then made their own video, they unfortunately get a pass on this one.

    As I said, I understand your frustration. It’s creative people such as yourself that make this world a beautiful place to be in. But hold your head proud. YOU are the one with the originality and talent. The copy cats are just that.

    1. I understand that ideas can be copied, but these are such specific instructions that one would happen on without copying. So if what you said is true they are truly a PARASITE living and ‘eating’ off others, no ethics needed. Glad that you chimed in. The ‘good’ is hopeful!

  25. This is wrong on so many levels – especially Facebook’s response of turning a blind eye. I hope you left a comment on the site about your stolen content. I would encourage everyone reading this to do the same.

      1. It’s not surprising they haven’t responded. I did leave a comment too.

        You should ask your supporters to leave a comment so at the very least viewers would be aware of what they’re doing. It may not be a ‘copyright’ violation but it isn’t ethical that they are raking in $$s by ripping off of YOUR hard work (and others). If no one complains about it en masse, it’s a free pass for them to continue doing what they do without any consequences. There’s strength in numbers!

  26. Some people just suck!!!! Karma will surely get them… think I need to go leave a few comments on their site. So sorry…

  27. Have a look at https://www.justwannaquilt.com It is a research podcast, website and now publishing project by Elisabeth Townsend Gard from Tulane University. She is a law professor and although see interviews and talks a lot about quilting there is a lot of information for creatives about copyright, branding, trademarks etc. It is American based but at least would give you information about what you can do with their law system and look up a parallel in ours. She even seeks out people to talk of their experience for her podcast. Creatives need to learn what to do to protect themselves.

    I am an eco printer and love your work on eco printing. I do teach a basic course based on what I have learned and practiced.. I have put two years into just learning basics. And plan to do my own systematic research to see what works in my area. We all learn from so many sources. I do explain to people when I do a class that I have put the work into what I do and the notes I give the students. I always cite references . My words are copyrightable. Technique I understand is not. But to make things stand up in court you have to in the US at least register the work. For creatives that makes things an expensive venture or maybe not. I am not sure in Canada. Also with the internet it makes things even harder do to other laws in other countries. It is a complex world we live in.
    Do your best Have you thought of setting up a subscription based format. You could make it low cost but it may help you avoid the trollers who just use your content.
    Off to support your blog. By the way I live in Niagara once I get my parameters in place to start studying ecoprinting in a more formal way I would love to share with other printers like a study group.

    1. Ok, I’ll look into it. I’d rather spend time on the creative than this other mind-zapping stuff. I have a few patterns that are very inexpensive and are hardly bought. The free ones are taken by the thousands. It’s a changing world, I wish I could say for the better. Thanks for your help

  28. The Internet is definitely a two edged sword, so I googled “websites that steal ideas” lots of info but this https://www.dreamgrow.com/prevent-content-theft/ in particular caught my attention. The article talks about tools you can use to block theft, register content etc.
    There is something you can do to protect yourself, if content providers won’t stand up for copyrights. ‘
    Maybe this website is the start of how you fight back. You’re damn mad and you don’t have to take it anymore.

    1. I’ll look into it! More costs will make for content that will no longer be free or not complete enough to copy. It is already a struggle to keep this pace. Yup, I’m damn mad!

  29. I’m sorry for the violation of your ideas. Maybe it would help to make your post in a closed group that requires a fee to belong to. I’d pay to be apart of that. I bet slot of others would to. Thanks for sharing your wonderful creativity.

  30. Barb, I am so sorry this happened. I have always treated 5-minute crafts as click bait, but also i don’t watch u-tube videos because I’m deaf. I’ve followed you for quite some time mainly because I admire your work and find what you do beautiful and with amazing creativity. I don’t have your talent, and the most i’ve done is attempted the coasters. I also want to say I look for things like coasters because i can make gifts inexpensively and i wouldn’t be able to do that without you and your teaching here on the web. Just want to let you know I’m grateful.

  31. As an artist, my work has been copied for decades. I have learned to look at it as a compliment from someone who needed my talent because they had none of their own. When someone steals my designs or methods and then seeks to become my competition or claims they invented it, I get steamed.

    I completely feel for you, but what I have to say may not be easy to hear, but a few points:

    1> You share/give-away-for-free your ideas and tutorials. You teach people how to do these things and this “group” learned what you taught them.
    2>They cannot steal something that you gave away for free.
    3> Legally this is not copyright infringement unless they make the claim that they are the inventors.
    4> They are not selling your IDEA/METHOD for profit.
    5> Once you teach the method, it is perfectly legitimate for someone to make the objects and sells them for a profit; but they can’t sell the method.

    I’m not saying that they have been ethical, I’m saying that they have done nothing illegal.

    Now, if you made your ideas a “pay for instructions” deal with a copyright distribution warning, you might have some leverage. Post a pic of the finished object and charge $1 to view the instructions.

    Ethically, this site/page should be giving you credit and a link to your page for instructions. This might be the best approach with both FB and 5 Minute Crafts.

    Unfortunately, when we teach others to do something, we have no control over them taking that info and teaching others unless there is a formal licensing requirement to teach. They do not have the right to claim that they invented the information, but you can’t keep people from using what you taught them.

    The whole concept behind teaching is to “give” your skills to others.

    Not giving you credit is the real issue here. You absolutely should get credit! Maybe they will listen to that.

    Don’t give up! Don’t waste your creativity over being angry at this. I have found, after 40 years of being an artist, that the best revenge is to keep the juices going and be even more creative. Staying a step ahead is very satisfying.

    1. When they put these projects in their video all who view think they have designed them. I read the comments. If they were paid for that probably would not stop them. Frankly, I don’t think they care in any sense of the word or there would be some reply. I have had dozens use and link or give credit, not these parasites!

  32. Ugh so awful. I am so appreciative of all the information you publish about eco printing. It is so hard to find detailed information about the process without having to buy a book, Ecourse or workshop which may or may not have enough information. I guess I know why other artists have put their knowledge into a paid format. It’s a way to compensate for all their hard work and experimentation. I sure hope you can find a way to have this outrageous copying removed from those websites.

  33. How horrible for you! Facebook is not doing its job, in my opinion. They are allowing this to happen. Hopefully YouTube will have a better reaction.

  34. I love your site and content. I am a closet creative who works a fulltime job in healthcare and can’t wait until the day I am able to devote more time to having fun trying different techniques. You put so much into your work and share so generously- I am always amazed and inspired. It work has raised the bar for me on several fronts. I think when we possess a strong moral compass, it is even harder because it hurts so much more when we are taken advantage of. I couldn’t afford to subscribe to every creative that I follow, but would totally understand if this becomes something that you need to do for your site. You post high quality content and your anger and hurt are surely justified. You should continue to speak out as you are able. It’s your work and it’s really shameful for others to profit from it without compensation.

    1. Wonderfully said. It will be tough to get this out of the back of my mind when being creative. The whole world at your fingertips; and the whole world able to take from them… All the support today is reassuring!

  35. Barb,
    This is awful, I have always enjoyed your site and tutorials , I can not believe they are stealing your content and facebooks response, I have had friend have their facebook comments /posts removed for silly reasons, they should be standing up for the original artist

      1. Barb, I think these people make money from advertising. I agree with what someone else said, that the only way to monetize what you create is to show a picture, list the level of expertise needed, the supplies needed, and then sell the directions. If it gets too expensive you may lose your target area…DIY people. Wealthy people just go out, generally speaking, and buy artwork in a finished stage. What is amazing to me is, first of all, these are not five minute crafts and anyone can see that the quality of what is produced is not like what you produce. The question I have is what is the monetary gain of the people who are trolling the Internet for ideas and then going through all the work of making the finish project, photographing, writing, etc. and uploading to 5 minute crafts. I doubt that the company in Cyprus is hiring people to make these in a workroom on Cyprus/. So, if you could find out…maybe you should sell it to them first and put your logo and website address on the images. You probably can’t do anything legally because the company is in Cyprus. .There has to be a way.to beat them at their own game. I saw someone on you tube who creates really wonderful content on a youtube channel. from films that are in the public domain. What this person does and shares with the public is indeed a work of art. He makes his money, I gather, by advertising. Well, son-of-a-buck, I saw that another person transferred all of this man’s work on to CDs and was selling the CDs under his own Brand. There is a snake under every rock on the Internet. I had another idea about starting a Facebook Group for people who have been victims of parasitic scroungers to GATHER hundreds of people who will post CONTENT STOLEN from so-and-so comments. on the offending website. I have an acquaintance who created the original KATWIzE SWEATER COAT. When other people stole her ideas and started selling under their own brand, she started selling the patterns. She said she expected it and had already decided she would sell the directions. The problem of all of this is that artists just want to create. If they wanted to deal with Facebook Groups, organizing movements and selling and promoting, they probably wouldn’t be artists, they would be PR agents. Good luck, Barb. And, just want to add, that you wouldn’t have received all of these comments if people didn’t see the value in your work whether it is something whimsical, beautiful or has a utilitarian function and always beautifully designed. Ok, I’m too tired, too.

  36. Wait -what? I am NOT trying to pile it on, but frankly and a little jealous that you are just now being ripped off. I am not a successful artists or blogger and have been ripped of many times over several years.

    I have nothing positive to say about Facebook.

    Please know that if I saw your work being copied like this I would do as I have in the past: try to get YouTube, Pinterest, Etsy, etc. to remove obviously plagiarized content. But since I am not the copyright holder, I can’t.

    I let the artists know when I find their content stolen by someone else and I sincerely hope you and everyone else being exploited get some justice.

    1. I do not spend a lot of time looking for my stuff. I have seen whole posts stolen and even with each image watermarked. It’s mostly far-off countries. I may have missed some as I usually find out from a follower of mine. I need a lot of reporters! Thanks

  37. Barb I am so sorry this is happening to you! The theft is a horrible violation of your soul!. Most people luckily are not this dishonest greedy. Best wishes going forward. God bless.

  38. I feel for you. The only thing they can not steal is your amazing creativity Barb. Don’t let this deter you. Remember the greatest form of flattery is imitation. You are doing something right with your projects because they are being copied. I suggest you look into protecting your content but also look into marketing it well so you reach a larger audience. So more people KNOW you are the original amazing IDEA person and how great you are.
    Hugs
    Cindy

  39. I am so sorry that this has happened to you. Whenever I see someone selling another artists work as their own, I report them and their site. I hope this little bit helps. I love all your projects and your generosity in sharing them. Sending you positive vibes for good results. ❤️

  40. Hi, Barb. Love you. I am not an attorney but you might ask yours if focusing on just the first (rock) case might help. The thieves finds support for the claim that “their” projects are similar, but not identical, to yours. The second case can be called “similar” because they messed it up, That is not true in the first case. If you can nail them on ONE case, you have won the whole issue. Do let us know if there is anything we can do to help. nv

  41. Hi Barb…
    I first found you on a Pinterest post (a few years ago)…went directly to your website and have been an avid subscriber ever since. I am ALWAYS happy to see a “Made By Barb” email in my inbox! : ) I LOVE your concrete projects especially!!

    When I first found you, the post was about creating those amazingly beautiful concrete orbs…I have been hooked ever since!! I LOVE your creativity and your willingness to share your creative ‘spark’ with others (THANK YOU SO MUCH!) and I HATE that you have picked up some nasty parasites along the way!

    I do not have any enlightening ‘legal advice’ to offer…I am just a ‘regular person’ that loves your ideas and doesn’t want them to stop. I can only tell you that I am very upset that you have been taken advantage of and can’t even imagine what you are feeling!! (well…maybe I can…) I hope the ‘nasty’ doesn’t make you withdraw from sharing your creativity with us and, I hope you can see from all of these quick and supportive responses that there are more good people than bad out there following your creativity…the bad just leave a longer-lasting bitter taste that can overshadow the good sometimes.

    I have noticed several comments suggesting you start charging a monthly subscription fee and, while I totally see their point, I am also one of those people that just does not have much extra money. I’m not sure that I (personally) would be able to pay a fee on a regular basis but…that’s just my own personal circumstance. I DO think you should get a portion (if not ALL…ALL would be great!!) of the $70million that 5-Minute-Crafts and FB are generating from your ideas!

    I wish you only the BEST and hope this works out for you! I am not a member of FaceBook or any other social media but, will definitely let you know if I see any of your projects ‘floating around’ on the internet that are not tied to you directly.

    Lastly, please take a moment to just focus on YOU and your own well-being! I know that all of this is definitely giving you a lot of stress and is weighing heavily on you right now…please do not let it drag you down to the ‘dark places’. : )

    1. Wow, thanks for your time. I understand that not everyone can afford a monthly fee as I see that my patterns that are not free do not get bought. Sadly too many just stop by to get the free stuff! I chuckle when some complain that there are ads. It’s what the world is coming to now; that feeling of ‘entitlement’, just take & get for free. I work had for the revenue I get and often question this venture. It’s the joke of the week; ‘I think I’m quitting’ around my place. I do have a strong spirit so I shall persevere… Thankfully much joy comes from making and now from my fans as well! ❤️❤️❤️

  42. So sorry to read this. Unfortunately posting on the internet leaves us all vulnerable to these thieves 🙁 I’ve gone to their FB and clicked on the “find support or report page” button under their cover page and then clicked on “intellectual property”. Waiting now for FB to respond. I’m sure if enough people do this they will have to pay attention. Commenting under the video is usually ignored by most viewers. Hope this will help!

    1. Yes, good for you! FB did not help me at all. It’s amazing how they can’t see it. I think we know what the deciding factor is. Enough people, will probably never happen as too many are in a numb state as they let the videos be pumped at them. Most do not even realize how it all works, just that it looks ‘cool’. The future is in trouble… But I’ll be fine because I have pride in what I do.

  43. Dear Barb, I am so sorry to hear about the theft of your ideas. It is horrible that someone/something should lack integrity to this extent. I totally agree with Dianne who put it so eloquently. Your work is amazing and wonderful. I love to see what new idea your creativity comes up with and tell my friends to check you out. If there is anything we can do as your followers, please let us know. Best of luck against the Goliaths!
    Dorothy

    1. Thanks, I know I have to get past it and move on. Haha, I did write to a major Tv show and YouTube has not made a decision, as of yet. I just have it in the back of my mind that this will happen with everything that I design… It’s tough to swallow. But I am finding so many chime in with similar stories! How infuriating!

  44. I am so glad that you were able to get youtube to remove the stolen content. I do hope that might help but I do not know. Seems stealing content has gotten much worst over the years.

  45. So sorry Barb- this kind of thing happens so often – I am glad you got somewhere with YouTube! We have had our photos stolen that our customers send to post on our website, and techniques used that we shared with others as their own. We found out because a few customers of our told us so, or we would have no idea. There is no integrity any more. I am so sorry this happened to you. We need to stick together and call it out when we see it.

    1. Yes, That’s how I found out too! I’m almost afraid to look for my stuff out there… Someone should make a site where such reporting can come together. Any lawyer out there who wants some handmade things?! I love bartering. Don’t let your thieves get away with it either! Good luck!

  46. Hi Barb,
    I too am so sorry about this blatant theft and I’m sure you’re not the only artist that it happens to. My friend ran into a similar problem several years ago with copyright infringement. She was lucky enough to have filed for a the rights to her brand name. I know here in the US there are different copyrights (on company business/brand names in her case) depending on how wide you want to “cast your net”…i.e. locally, by state, country, etc.

    I also know there are intellectual copyrights. These cover such things as literary and artistic works, scientific discoveries, basically unique and non-tangible works. I doubt Monet, Picasso or Manet worried about copyrights when they were painting, but try to pass one of your paintings off as one of theirs and I don’t think a mere rejection from Facebook would be all that happens.

    I’m not trying to make light of your situation (by NO means). I’m trying to say there is a way to protect yourself and you DO have proof that these ideas are (and were) your unique artistic creations.

    I’m not sure if there is much you can do about the projects that have already been copied. I haven’t really delved that deeply into it yet, but from what I have read there is a difference (even if copyrighted) for consent. Posting something and allowing users to use your idea as they see fit (for non-monetary gain) gives them the right to do just that. If 5-Minute Crafts isn’t claiming intellectual rights then they can pretty much post whatever. If your content is copyrighted and you are implicit that no one may re-post without consent and giving credit then that guideline must be followed. If you copyright and are paid money for your designs and someone else posts them then the person posting would not only have to pay you for the initial, but for each time someone viewed the post whether they used the design or not (this is what I learned from a lawyer).

    So even if you choose to go with a subscription site, just know that a subscriber could be someone stealing your design ideas. You’d have more power at that point, but still…it takes diligence to scour the net to catch these vile individuals.

    WIPO is like the authority on world intellectual property law and a good place to start reading about it. I’m just an engineer (who wants to be a lawyer) so I have a very, very elementary understanding of it.

    I pray you get resolution and I think if everyone who finds this type of thing will call it out in comments to make other aware it may be a small voice to these corporations that art and creativity are very personal and squashing the sharing may silence this joy for millions.

    1. Thank you for taking the time to write such a great reply! Since I am in Canada and ‘they’ are in Cypress may also play a role. It’s getting worse all the time and also more complicated. I am sure there are many more such companies living off the work of others, and knock-offs have been around for a long time, but the internet makes distance not matter anymore. I see how I have to address this more and more at the college as well. I will look into WIPO, but will admit I’d rather make that frustrate myself. I’d love to be an engineer AND a lawyer! Awesome!

  47. Glad to see some progress. I don’t comment online much, preferring to be an observer, but I was incensed by this and did leave them a message about their shamelessness.
    You have a lot of folks who love your efforts and will support you as we can; hopefully, we helped in some small way.

  48. I posted a negative comment on 5-minute crafts and made a donation to your site. I will try to remember to make regular donations when I visit. I love your stuff, although I haven’t had time to try the ecoprinting yet, it is on my list. Thanks for your wonderful work.

  49. I Was shocked to see how 5 minutes craft has stolen Your ideas. Relieved that You tube has taken it down. You are so clever to figure out new items and new ways of making things. Love to read Your posts! I wish You a happy new week!

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