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Not a bug -- Direct copy of my website page on Instructable Answered

I just found this page on Instructables whose text is a direct copy from my website.

The Instructable page is https://www.instructables.com/id/A-Simple-Unpadded-Native-style-baby-pouch--or-sl/

My page is http://crafts.sleepingbaby.net/tubesling.html

The user who "contributed" it is no longer an active member, apparently. Her pictures were decent, but I would like attribution for my work if possible.


How do I remove all the rude comments I have posted on my instructable? I put a lot of work into this and I did credit her with a link for the original idea! I did take my own pictures and just used her instructions as a guide as I actually found her original instrucions to be a bit confusing. After I figured out an easy and efficient way to do this, I then made my instructable. I do not think it is right that she is allowed to post Nasty comments on my instructable and I would like to remove them.

You can flag them (there is a little [flag] link under the REPLY) as "Not Nice." That will notify Staff to look at them, and possibly remove them. If there are a lot, or a pattern to them, you can also send a PM to Randy Sarafan on Staff, and he can follow up with the user directly.

As you can see, this is an unmoderated, publicly accessible Web site. Anyone can post anything they want (fortunately or unfortunately).

I apologize if you felt that my clarifications were rude. That was not my intention. I'm not seeing anything "nasty", though. I clarified that the words were mine; I clarified a fabric choice in a later question. If that's "nasty", then I'm not sure what I could have done to be "nice".

I was giving the original author information she had asked for. In fact, I didn't find any "nasty" comments from you on the I'ble.

Sorry -- I think I hit reply in the wrong place :D I was attempting to respond to P&BD :)

I do not think you are nasty to point out that someone has literally copied and pasted your work. At all.

Why is it nasty to point out that you had broken copyright law?

As for "just used her instructions as a guide", you still have huge chunks of text that has been copied and pasted directly from JanAndrea's site.

It's not a direct copy, the person used your pattern and credited it to you (with thanks) in the first paragraph.*
Had they reproduced the pattern they may have breached your intellectual property rights, but you do say "I've got no problem with people using these directions to make and sell pouches". The only problem I see with this is that they omitted the link back to your page?

I hope you see the value in publishing on this site, photographic makes of your stuff would be welcome. You can edit anything you publish (easily), but you might put a date-stamp "details correct at time of publication " "details updated (date)" if these things change?


*(It hasn't been edited since you posted this has it?)

I do agree with you! If she had just asked me first I would have been more than happy to make the necessary changes. I found this post months later while searching.

All photos were of my own and I designed my IInstructable to follow me while making an actual sling.

I will be making a new IInstructable for a baby sling soon. This one will be from scratch without a look at anyone's instructions. As I have found new tips and tricks to make them easier and better.

I do invite you to create your own instructable. But please refrain from commenting on my new instructable unless you contact me first.

God Bless
Candice V.

This one will be from scratch without a look at anyone's instructions. As I have found new tips and tricks to make them easier and better.

Er... if you haven't looked at anybody else's instructions, how did you find the "new" hints and tips?

So...it's the original creator's responsibility to ensure you don't break copyright law? I don't think so.

I tried to contact you but was unable to find a way to do so. As long as you're not lifting my text in the new one, I don't care what you do and won't comment on it. :)

The author gives credit for "...inspiration for the pouch.", but most of the text is a word-for-word lift from Jan's pages.

The top bit aye, then it seems to deviate into what they actually did. Lifting chunks isn't good, but they've gone on to do their own thing with it. L

I have to disagree. I looked at the entire text, and while there may be a few changes here and there, it's pretty much wholesale what I wrote. I believe that technically, even if one changes a sentence in every other paragraph, it's still considered plagiarism. She's also lifted photos from commercial sling websites on the first page, which is, I assume, also not kosher for Instructables, considering she's very unlikely to have gotten permission from the copyright holders.

It lifts stuff from elsewhere I agree. Having seen a lot of things over the years, I see that someone actually made it themselves and took pictures in this one. I think the presentation is poor rather than a deliberate attempt to pass stuff off. The crediting is weak and copying stuff is lazy, it "borrows" a lot but I wouldn't call it a "steal". Still if they've gone you might get someone to remove it, maybe. L

By posting your page in the comments of the project, you have done so. You may also want to contact one of the admins (see the "About" link at the bottom of every page) to request an editing or removal of the project. Now you're a member (welcome, by the way), you could always post your own Instructable about the sling, or any other projects you want - there is even a sewing contest going on at the moment!

Thank you! I was rather confused about how to contact a real person :) I don't mind if it stays; I'd just like a "text by Jan Andrea" or something on the first page so that it's clear it was mine and not hers. I will look into uploading my projects (I have lots!) onto Instructables. The stumbling block for me is that I need to be able to change/update them as new information (about safety, fabrics, etc.) becomes available. Is that possible with finished Instructables?

The Instructables staff is fairly small (neither Kiteman nor I are among them, though), and they actually pay attention to postings, especially in Bugs and Feedback. Rest assured that, come Monday, your post will be seen by someone there in San Francisco. You can always edit your Instructables, both before and after they are published. It's usually good to add a little "Update : blah blah blah" note when you do so, just in case someone's been paying attention. Any time you view one of your own I'bles, you'll see a little box off to the right, "Author Options," with a button to edit it. Welcome aboard! We hope you find it useful and enjoyable.