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Original Bloggers' Projects Reproduced Without Permission

Bloggers have always been cutting edge creatives with fresh ideas and amazing artistic talents.  Many bloggers started blogging as an outlet for their ideas and projects, wanting to showcase their originality and ingenuity and inspire their readers to do the same.  Over time the creative blogging community has become so much more.

Bloggers' project ideas and designs are now what set trends and influence consumer opinions. They are no longer sharing their personal creativity, but instead have become digital influencers. Therefore  it should come as no surprise that frequently large retail stores and commercial brands use bloggers' ideas (sometimes identically) for their own products.

There are countless cases where this has happened (it has even happened to me) and so I'm sharing some examples to demonstrate how prevalent it really is.

Original Projects Duplicated Without Permission In Retail Store

This was one of my most popular pallet wood signs.  I came up with the idea of the little Christmas light stars after seeing it done on a piece of canvas art.  I featured it on my Christmas mantel back in 2013.

A reader sent me a photo of an exact copy she saw in her Hallmark Store:
Hallmakr stolen
This summer I was in Hobby Lobby and I INSTANTLY recognized this project:
The design belonged to Where the Smiles Have Been 

Having your projects replicated (and profited on) by a brand or store is NOT FLATTERING.  It is theft.  And sadly, it is not unusual. There are too many example to count, these are just a few: 


MyLove2Create's rustic halloween sign (for Oh My Creative)
Is still available on the Kirklands site

Sadie Seasongood's Halloween Moon Lamp at Pier 1

Two Twenty One’s Bathroom Printable
Spotted at Hobby Lobby
Chelsea product

Over Yonder Signs at Michael's

Nest for Less’ Cloud Ledge Shelves
Nest for less knockoff
At Hobby Lobby and Target

Design Turnpike and Hobby Lobby
Ella claire
Seen at Home Goods, Joss & Main, Marshall's and Wayfair
Lila Loa in All You Magazine
All you snowmen
Patriotic Mason Jars from Mason Jar Crafts
Red white blue american flag mason jars   Linda Braden
Spotted at Michael's:
American Flag Mason Jar  Michaels  Linda Braden"While not an exact copy, the ceramic American Flag mason jar I spotted at Michael's at the beginning of the summer gave me pause. The similarities are remarkable, no? I also sell this version at my Etsy shop. So did they "copy" the idea from my blog ... or my Etsy shop?"

Etsy Seller Joom and Home Goods
On My Own Place and Ebay (They use her ACTUAL photos) 
Screen Shot 2017 09 04 at 1 33 08 PM  Christine BackusScreen Shot 2017 09 04 at 1 37 50 PM  Christine Backus

The Word Agency reproduced by Forever 21

Brooklyn Limestone's Santa Sack being shared in numerous places


Some other examples include:

If you are a blogger and have had a project or design duplicated (uncredited and without your permission) I’d love to add it to this post.  You can submit your project HERE

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