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Copyright Infringement Answered

I noticed that somebody has stolen this instructable, but the author hasn't done anything on instructables since 2006. The stolen version has different photos, but near word for word duplication. Anyone have a suggestion on what can be done about these types of situations?



It's ironic that in the copy it says:
If you don’t have it, buy it. Or BitTorrent it. Don’t shoplift. Stealing is a crime; Piracy is sharing.

its not copyright because the first ible wasnt patentted

You set a copyright whenever you publish an instructable. In the final page, you set a license.

Copyright is created from the point you put any creative material into tangible form. This message that I'm typing right now is instantly copyrighted. I own the thoughts that I'm writing. A patent gives an inventor the exclusive rights to his or her invention.

You need to do some research (or maybe just read a dictionary). Patent and copyright are separate legal concepts. Copyright entails from the moment of creation, and applies to any form of creative art. Patent requires government certification, and applies only to realizable objects or processes.

I'm not so sure it's a steal. This hack is probably widely enough known that he could have got the idea from anywhere. L

Did you read it? He even uses the same jokes, "If you need help here, ask a give year old. If you don't have a five year old, make one."

I had a look, he says "Ask a 5-year-old for assistance if needed"
Instructable says "If you need help here, ask a 5 year old" and "If you don't have a 5 year old, make one."
Not a direct copy, could be taken/derived from somewhere else - the instructable has been around for more than 3 years - I don't believe kingant is the only person who knows about this and has ever previously shared this.


Scroll down under the photo, "If you don’t have a 5-year-old, make one."

. Since you are not the author, I don't think there is much you can do except inform admin at Helixated and hope they will respond appropriately.

I guess you're right, I'll send the original author a PM and hope for the best. The helixated owner looks to be the author of the mont blanc pen, though. I hate to see them making money off someone else's work.

I really haven't a clue.