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How lame is this?

It looks like someone is trying to sell my instructable on ebay:
http://cgi.ebay.com/How-to-make-a-solar-iPod-iPhone-charger_W0QQitemZ350209932098QQcmdZViewItemQQptZOther_MP3_Player_Accessories?hash=item518a237b42&_trksid=p3286.c0.m14&_trkparms=65%3A12|66%3A2|39%3A1|72%3A1205|240%3A1318|301%3A0|293%3A1|294%3A50

I have to say that's pretty weak. It's not like they even took the time to build one and modify it or improve it or anything.

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Screamo6 years ago
SUE SUE SUE HIM!
Stew27 years ago
Just wondering... Did you ever get a response back from the seller apologizing or anything?
Honus (author)  Stew27 years ago
Nope.
DJ Radio7 years ago
You could be happy that someone appreciated your ible so much they decided to sell it. Or you could just pwn em.
Honus (author)  DJ Radio7 years ago
I guess for me it simply goes against everything that the Instructables community is about- the free sharing of ideas.
caitlinsdad7 years ago
So, that seller is copyright infringing on your instructable, at least using the same pic? I think if you alert Ebay to it, they might take some action.
Honus (author)  caitlinsdad7 years ago
Here's the response I received from eBay today: Thank you for contacting us. We are pleased to inform you that the following listing(s) you reported have been removed from eBay in response to the Notice of Claimed Infringement you recently sent: tango_antiques 370203244189 370212868857 350211260636 370203243643 350212305697 370212674344 370203244744 370203244189 370212868857 350211260636 370203243643 350212305697 370212674344 370203244744 We have notified the seller and all participating bidders that the listing(s) has been removed due to your request. If the Notice of Claimed Infringement contained items that are not listed above you will receive a separate email communication about those items. These notices may arrive at different times (over a period of up to several hours) as items for different sellers are processed separately. If you should have any questions or concerns regarding this matter, please do not hesitate to contact us again. VeRO Program eBay Trust & Safety
Good thing the wheels of justice turned quickly.
Honus and Kiteman, Thank you for the things you have done in this matter. I can't believe someone tried to sell your work Honus and work you wanted to go out there to be free and to help everyone. I hope you two keep up the good work and monitoring those. J
Honus (author)  JonSerion7 years ago
It's pretty amazing what some people will do to make a buck. Hopefully it's all taken care of. The funny thing is that the seller probably barely even made any money for the risk they're taking. For me the bigger issue is that they didn't contribute anything or add any value to the project- they simply downloaded the pdf file and my photo and sold it as their own without any credit given to myself or Adafruit. Since the original MintyBoost was released under a Non-Commercial Share-Alike license, that would mean that all derivatives of that work (meaning my instructable) would fall under the same license and anyone trying to profit from that work that did not significantly alter the original work (or circuit design) would be in violation without permission from the original creator- in this case Adafruit Industries. So even I could not sell my own instructable without permission from Adafruit Industries. The instructable I wrote and my images are protected under copyright law from others trying to sell it for profit. The email I sent the seller could be considered a C&D (cease and desist) letter so if they were caught doing it again they would be making a very big mistake.
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