100’s of Patterns and Photos Stolen by DIYPatterns.com

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ETSY Users Affected by Scam from DIYPatterns.com

In the world of patterns, DIYPatterns.com has been accused of stealing patterns and photographs from websites such as ETSY and are selling them on their website. This action removes the authors and designers from being compensated for their work and completely benefiting DIYPatterns.com.

Though I have just received notice of this fraudulent act this morning, numerous complaints from many ETSY users have surfaced in The Crochet Crowd Inbox over night. Great people like Lianka Azulay, owner of BonitaPatterns.com has been directly affected as her designs and photographs were stolen. They are selling her patterns putting the money in their own pockets.

In several reports, the website was pulled offline yesterday but resurfaced by a new host today. This company is definitely in this for the cash bypassing any morals to play fair. This is the ugly face of fraud. In one complaint given to me, they are not delivering the patterns upon purchase. You might as well just throw your money into the wind.

Reports have been filed with the FBI, Paypal, The new website hosting company that has this website on their server as well as with Google. There is also allegations of this website ‘tampering with legitimate owners’ Paypal Accounts.

There is a notice to spread the word to save people from being scammed by this website. If you know of someone that has patterns on ETSY, you might want them to be on notice and see if their work is also on this website.

Please leave your comments below if you have something more to add. Thanks… On a personal note… this sucks and I am sorry to everyone that is affected by this non-sense!



About Mikey, The Crochet Crowd

I am Mikey, owner of The Crochet Crowd Blog. I'm a 'hooker' at heart with the passion to crochet. I am from Ontario Canada and teach how to crochet online through YouTube Video Tutorials. From a simple idea and being at the right place and time in my life back in 2008, the concept of The Crochet Crowd was developed. I'm here to hook and share. Come follow my crochet journey and share yours with comments here and you are most welcome to share your creativity within our Facebook page.
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90 Responses to 100’s of Patterns and Photos Stolen by DIYPatterns.com

  1. Outstanding post however I was wondering if you could write a
    litte more on this topic? I’d be very thankful if you could elaborate a little bit more.

  2. Home info says:

    Very nice post. I absolutely appreciate this site. Continue the good

  3. Brenda Naylor says:

    What a terrible thing to do! These designers put so much into their work and to have them stolen is awful. I’m so happy you are blogging about this Mikey…so many read your stuff so a lot of people will know!!

  4. Lilia Vanini says:

    Hello, but I see that the website still is open and is 2014 now, I am ready to launch my patterns shop and I am afraid that this people do the same with my patterns

  5. Wildomar says:

    It’s awesome for me to have a web page, which is useful for my know-how.
    thanks admin

  6. Lori Cerny says:

    Thank you for the information. I blocked the site and I’m posting your article to my Facebook.

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  8. jd wolfe says:

    paypal may not be nearly as effective as MC/Visa. if you use them and do not receive your product (in this case a pattern download, i assume), they will follow up better than anyone else and likely at least refund your money. thanks for putting out this word. frauds like this person(s) has no place in the crochet community and should be black listed. anyone know any actual names of person(s) who own/operate the offending site? if so, we need to share that info too. int he scheme of all the crap that happens on the web, this is small potatoes (nonviolent and not millions of dollars and people’s retirement money) and we are unlikely to get the attention of the authorities to pursue the offending site. but, we can share our concerns with one another to save money and starve this person(s) out of business. there is just no excuse for this type of immoral, arrogant behavior.

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  10. Photographers put a watermark across their photos so nobody can steal them or use them for profit. Maybe everyone, including me, should learn how to create a watermark too.

  11. ALS says:

    Could you share what the new website they’re operating uner is?

  12. Memommo says:

    What drives me nuts is when the pattern is “borrowed” and then you see a bunch of the end results on ebay and etsy. Trifilin if you ask me!

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