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more that I did NOT need this week *sigh*
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Reader Tammy just alerted me in comments that my photos & ideas are used in an ebook for sale digitally on eBay that include resale rights. I suspect this is the same joker that was doing the same thing 2 years ago just not on eBay. At that time that person had stolen ideas from all over the web & was selling as "sell this ebook to your users" in forums, so the person who alerted me by a cellphone call when I was in Scotland spread the word back then. Since my content is free and out there for so many years, I figure there's only so much I can do. Unfortunately with the Marauder's Map mess, I only joined the VeRO program for ebay.co.uk, not US, so I've go to go through the whole darn fax crap all over again. *sigh* I did the "ask seller a question" link telling the seller I'm reporting them since they're using my images without permission.

This is exactly why I don't have my decoration how-to's on my website, and why I'm working on my own real book instead. It makes me steam to see the greedy, opportunistic ones making money off people who generously provide their ideas online. That is not right in the least.

Thanks, Tammy, for letting me know. I'll shut this person down in eBay if I can, since I know I'm not the only person they stole from, then I'll get back to having a Happy Halloween...

Edit: there are 4 active listings for the ebook, so all 4 are now reported by fax...now it's up to eBay...

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Sorry to bring more bad news to you after all that has been going on with you! But I came upon it while looking for Halloween deocrations on ebay and thought I should give you a heads up!!
Much luck sent your way with shutting them down!!!
Hope it ends well!! :)


Please don't feel badly! It's not your fault, and I really do appreciate you letting me know. 2 years ago I had no action to take without finding an attorney, but with eBay's VeRO program I should be able to get them to do something fairly easily, which will at least let the seller know I'm watching so might teach them a lesson, even if the lesson is only "be careful from whom you steal." I hope you have a Happy Halloween!

Boy that's darn annoying. It's those kind of people that make it difficult for people to share stuff publicly so that everyone benefits, and to take credit for freely distributed material and SELL it as though it's there stuff? ARGH! Hopefully E-bay will do the right thing and kick that seller off.

-Kevin C

Barn door / horse situation but have you looked into watermarking and/or adding a Creative Commons mark to your stuff?

People are always going to steal content from the internet, but with a CC mark you might have more clout (and their lawyers to back you up). I've had 3 pictures (not counting the Snakes on a Plane cartoon that went in that guy's book) from Flickr used for online essays / travel guides - no $ ever changed hands but at least I know where and how they were used *and* permission was asked up front.

Your Book!

I'm sorry things are difficult right now. But I'm excited that you are working on a book. It will definitely be on my 'to buy' list!

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