It started out on ebay. I decided that $5.00 for a collage sheet was too much to pay, so I started making my own using Picasa software. Then, I thought why not put these us for auction for a reasonable price, since the images are public domain (which I researched throughly, being a digital image manager). I know people must want them ready to use and do not want to pay 20.00 and up for just a few printable sheets, or worse - $5.00 for ONE sheet of public domain images. I sold several. and I was happy, only making about 6.00 on each CD after creation and cost of materials. And, being a member of VERO, ebay's intellectual property group, I was suprised to be hit with an e-mail from e-bay saying my auctions had been removed for "potentially infriging." The preson reporting this was Tuscanrose.com, aka Patricia Gustafsen. How could this be? She does not own the copyright to these images, and certainly not to my cd, which I made myself. As Gustafsen explained in an e-mail, "Someone told her I was reselling her collage sheets." Who??? What?? I told her if she could tell me what she was referring to, I could clarify, beacuse she is wrong.
I contacted e-bay, and their policy is to remove anything that is reported as potentially infringing, no questions asked, sight unseen. So even though Gustafsen HAS NEVER SEEN the images on my CD, she can merely suggest I am infringing and have my auctions removed. To be honest, for a moment, I considered doing the same to her, but I know that is not my character. Plus, I did it just to share, not to make scads of cash. So, I moved my CD to etsy.com rather than deal with dishonesty.
Today, my dh was looking at my blog and mistyped it http://urbandebris.com. Guess who has purchased a domain name using my company name? That's right, good old Patrica Gustafsen. What is on the site? a link to her commercial site! Geesh, does she have a life? Talk about infringement. I could easily report this to ICANN and dispute it, beacuse Urban Debris is my registered company name, and it is such a blatant disregard for the ICANN rules of IP. Unfortunately I do not have the $1500 fee it would cost. (Maybe if I sold collage sheets for $5.00 each I would!) Reminds me of this