I told you earlier in the week that Carver, my grandson, was trying so hard to learn how to do the sudoku puzzles that I do. I decided to go online and see if there was an easier version for him to do. This came up… What? I recognize that. It’s from MY Making Learning Fun website…that’s my printable but it’s on Etsy? What the heck?
Let me explain. Before I was a blogger. I was an early childhood printables creator. I have a whole site called Making Learning Fun. I created it. I own it. I spent several YEARS creating content and loading it as a way of helping people work with young children. I did this as my full-time job. I have ALL of the ORIGINAL files. I offered it all for free as a way of helping others. You can find the site HERE. The site is called Making Learning Fun. Feel free to check it out. Feel free to print and use anything there…just don’t sell it.
Every one of those designs, I drew. Every one I created. They are all my property. WHAT IS THE PERSON DOING SELLING MY STUFF???
See…my website…the EXACT same item that she is selling is there. I have all the original files. I have and own all of the original work. It’s mine. HERE is the link to my site so you can see them.
HERE is the link to the page so you can see how she stole my stuff and is now SELLING it. SHE is making the money from MY work. I am so angry.
I think some of you reported this as the page in no longer there. Thanks. In the hoopla of everything around here I had that on my list to do but didn’t get it done yet. I had been looking at options though.
I don’t have time to deal with this right now. I just wish people would realize what jerks they are being by stealing. All along I could have put these things up and available as items for sale. BUT, I never have. I have always, always, always, wanted their educational activities available for everyone. I never wanted money to be prohibitive for anyone who wanted to teach a child.
This is what it says on my copyright page.
By following these simple rules we can make learning fun for everyone.
All of the materials on my website are designed for childcare providers, churches, libraries, teachers, moms and dads, and grandparents to print and use for free to entertain or educate children.
Materials on the site are not for sale. Do not take them and sell them either individually or as a package. Do not sell them on EBay. Coloring items, laminating items, or cutting the copyright logo off does not change anything. Items are still protected by the copyright.
Do not copy pages from this site onto your own website. Do not copy text or photos. Such actions break copyright laws.
Feel free to link to any .htm or .html or .asp pages on this site.
I was more frustrated than ever when I saw what she put on her Etsy page. See mid picture where it says, “You may not sell it, resell it, publish in any sites.” AHHH!!! She just broke all of that by STEALING from me. UGH.
Sadly, this is not the first time someone has done this. Typically they just take the page and offer it free on their own site without providing any links back to me.
I don’t know if I’m now in a mood or what but I’m thinking about taking the items and having them listed on Teachers Pay Teachers or on Etsy. I think I would still keep them for free on my site but offer them for money elsewhere. Teachers are so comfortable with going to Teachers pay Teachers first. I don’t think they look for free printables anymore.
My Making Learning Fun site is old and needs an entire rehaul. It’s slow and needs major updates so it doesn’t get used as much as it previously did. That doesn’t mean someone can steal from it.
AHHH!! I feel like I need to do something. UGH.
In the meantime, I went to my own site…I printed some sudokus for Carver and steamed a bit.
I think it’s time for me to do something about it…so now I’m off to look up some options.