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Instructable images on another site Answered

I noticed a spike in youtube views the other day.  Based on YouTube analytics, the views were coming from a buzzfil.net site out of France. I went to the site and notice that  the images and new text (love google translate) were pulled off one of my instructables and placed on that site.  There is no credit (or link) given to instructables.  In addition, the adsense revenue was zero since the banner ads don't show up.  

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Buzzfil Version

Is this pretty common?



2 years ago

I had suffered same thing few days back. I received PM from one of instructable user https://www.instructables.com/member/Seeed+Studio/ which is originally this one http://seeed.cc/center.html?id=159027

This user has copy pasted one of my instructable just as it is along with every word and image. And at the end just mentioned that "This tutorial is originally created by TheElectromania" with link to my main instructable member page.


I checked other posts of this user on seeed.cc website and found that this person has done same with other instructables from different people and almost all of the recipes posted by this member on that website are copied from instructables of different people.

Sounds very weird, because, isnt it a kind of plagiarism. Copying word to word and image to image and just mentioning at the end that This tutorial is originally created by XXXX makes no sense at all. Who will bother to go and check the original creators instructable if he/she has already found exact copy.

Opensource sharing is meant to motivate, learn and use projects and ideas for our own unique creations... but this dose not mean that you just copy paste everything without any value addition and giving credits in Honest way.

Any comments..


Reply 2 years ago

It depends on what license it was published under. Your ible is published with the Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike license.

The terms of that license are attached here and can be found by clicking on the license on any instructable. The only issues I see with what they've done is possibly not giving "appropriate credit" and I didn't see that they posted the license anywhere. They linked to the users profiles instead of directly to the content, which may or may not be considered "appropriate credit." You're right that it feels icky. You could certainly ask them to take it down or show only the first couple steps and provide a link to your instructable. You could also just request that they put a link to the instructable along with the link to your profile. That way, if someone did use the link, at least you'd get a view out of the deal.

I can't see where your project is posted as part of their account. Most, if not all, of the copies are listed under their recipes section. Seeed states that their recipes are basically just like instructables. They're to help others make stuff. I've attached a picture of their statement. If they are simply trying to share what you made with another group of people with more specific interests, then I think the repost is within the spirit of the license. You could ask them to make some changes to the link to make sure it gives "appropriate credit" and post the license with it, but if they follow the rules of the license, they have the right to republish your work.

If you don't like the terms of the license you've been publishing under, you can use a different license in the future.

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3 years ago

Sadly, none of the contact links seem to work on their site. I found their facebook page and an email address (contact@buzzfil.com) with a google search. This site has good advice and a sample DMCA letter you could use. Send it to buzzfil first then to their hosting company if they don't respond.


Reply 3 years ago

Thanks. I'm not worried about other sites using the pictures. I was just curious about the policy. I did think it was interesting how they used a click bait headline: "He Did Not Know What To Do With Wooden Pallets, But The Idea Is Super Awesome!" .

I'm glad I had a "super awesome" idea :).


Reply 3 years ago

From what I noticed it often comes down to the legal thinking behind a website.
In some cases it is as simple as some user doing a copy and paste job, in others that we already had someone behind the website takes whatever they can get their hands on.
Like Instructables it also comes down to someone actually knowing there is a copyright problem.
If we see it here we report it to the staff or flag a comment with some explanation.
So even the website in question does not allow the use of copyright protected material it does not mean they always know that it is there.

There are measures few websites and forums use to prevent this.
For example automatic image checks through Google.
If in a new thread or posting pics are found that have been posted elsewhere earlier than the post goes into a moderation bin for checking - or is blocked until the user explained where the pics came from.
Similar things are done on really legit sites for written stuff.
Blocks of text are checked for 100% matches online.
Guess it comes down to what is offered on a website and how it works behind the scenes.
With a few hundred new postings a week it might not even be possible in all cases to do any real checks as it takes a bit of time and manpower too.
If you like your work to stay where it is supposed to be than really report your findings and if in doubt write a DCMA complaint the official way.


Reply 3 years ago

Thank you for the detailed explanation. Running the google image search is interesting. I found out last year that a few people were using my pictures to sell things on ETSY.


3 years ago

Stealing is pretty common, usually from russian websites.
Write a DMCA complaint or takedown notice.
You have to act yourself here as "Instructables only provides a platform" for the content - meaning what is yours in terms of owning is your in terms of fighting for as well.


Reply 3 years ago


HQ will sometimes get involved if there is wholesale harvesting of hundreds of authors' work, but, generally, it's down to you.