Lately there have been many threads and conversations started about copying on and off Etsy. It has been happening in the worst kind of way. I am sure that it will always be an endless battle that us true artists will always have to fight.
The worst kind I have seen is the actual copy and pasteing of someones images and descriptions. This really happened and this person ordered several things from the shop they copy and pasted from. Posted them on another handmade selling site (dawanda) and maked them up 3 x's the price. They were called out and removed the items promply- then went on to Etsy and left Nasty Negative feedback - which I see this morning that Etsy took care of- yay.
I guess these are the pros and cons of putting your work out there for the entire world to see. Yes you want to be noticed and successful and loved but not ripped off!
I have not had this happen to me yet (that I know of) but I am holding my breath. I have even taught a class on how to do my technique. There were 6 ladies in the class and each one walked out with a totally different style of piece. I guess it is similar to the technique of painting. It is taught all over the world and there are millions of painters but there are also millions of styles that emerge from the timeless and classic skill of painting.
I have shared my secrets before on how I do what I do, but I would hope and pray that if someone is so interested in my techinque they would put their own images and thoughts into it and not steal mine! Just my 2 cents on the matter.
Here is one of my favorite little images- I still have the original and now Prints :)