Saturday, June 3, 2017

Plagiarism

pla·gia·rism
ˈplājəˌrizəm/
noun
  1. the practice of taking someone else's work or ideas and passing them off as one's own.
    synonyms:copying, infringement of copyright, piracytheft, stealing;
    informalcribbing
    "accusations of plagiarism"

My son is still taught in school that plagiarism is not nice or acceptable behavior.

What is your opinion? Let me know in the comments.

Have we really come this far that plagiarism is now called creativity???
Is plagiarism now an acceptable behavior?
Are "work at home moms" somehow immune to plagiarism and in their case is it called creativity?
Is plagiarism called "creativity" when someone is trying to feed their family?
Is it OK to plagiarize another work at home mom?
Is it acceptable to profit from plagiarism?
Do you support "work at home moms" who plagiarize?
Is it called slander and bullying if someone calls someone out on plagiarism?
Is it OK to plagiarize something if you paid for the item?


47 comments:

Domestic Godess said...

Lori Choman said...
Plagiarism is NOT an acceptable behavior. As a member of the DIY community, I totally understand how you feel. I built a banquette in my dining room, posted general directions online, shared it with several other women builders. Was told "Oh that's cute but so outdated" and they would not share the post. Within a year at least two of them had built banquettes in their homes almost identical to mine. I brushed it off. Then, I built loft beds for my kids, shared the plans with some of the same women builders. I got brushed off again, "oh that's cute but not for kids". And they wouldn't share the post. I'm talking about major well-known women DIY builder bloggers, sponsored by Lowes and tool companies. Again, within six months of me sharing my loft bed plans, one of them built loft beds using my plans and passed them off as her own. When I brought it to her attention, her answer was "Oh I changed the theme, so it's totally different." I stopped sharing anything in the DIY community. So I HATE when people don't give credit where credit is due. Which leads to how I found you. I'm now taking chemo, and I can't find chemo caps I like, until I found your designs on Pinterest. I fell in love with them, saw the pattern was free and found the horrors you went through. I'm so sorry that you went through all that. I would love the pattern for the no tie cap, my email address is

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Unknown said...
I agree plagiarism is not acceptable behavior. No one should be able to profit from someone else's hard work and creativity. If someone is doing that, they should be called on it. Unfortunately, many patterns crafters share on the internet are not patented, so it is difficult to do anything legally about it. This is why I don't usually share original designs on open sites. I have a dear friend who has lost all her hair due to chemo therapy and I was just looking for a pattern to make her a couple of hats. But I understand your issues totally and it should be your decision if you want to share. If you chose to do so, my email is Thank you.

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Morine201 said...
Not at all acceptable to plagiarise another's work. I find it especially cruel as well as very damaging to the creative process. I would like the chemo hat pattern of you are willing to share. My email is
June 10, 2017 at 4:27 AM

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Blogger Kathy said...
I agree. Plagiarism is never acceptable. Some might say it is a form of flattery. I believe it is better referred to as theft. Theft of ideas is as bad as stealing a tangible item.
I would love a pattern for the scarf. I will be starting chemo for breast cancer in a couple of weeks and have been searching for these. Thank you. My email is....
June 10, 2017 at 11:22 AM Delete

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Gavin Mitchell said...
Plagiarism is not acceptable. It is stealing. We must teach our children this. Stealing, even of others words, is stealing. Just like stealing copywriters etc etc. My email is

June 10, 2017 at 12:03 PM Delete

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Blogger Melanieg said...
Unfortunately too many people today feel entitled. If it's on the internet they want free access to do as they please. I'm sorry this happened to you. Those who copy usually lack the imagination and gumption to make their own designs. They then feel it's okay to copy others, make minimal changes and call it their own. What a shame.


June 10, 2017 at 2:04 PM Delete

Mariela Perez said...

I'm so sorry this happened to you. This is a labor of love, not a competition. People should not profit from your free patterns. It is NEVER ok to plagiarize, ever, no excuses. How hard could it be to give credit where credit is due! Stay at home or not, nothing gives anyone the right to plagiarize someone else's creations and hard work. Thanks for what you do. I'd love to buy the patterns...

Domestic Godess said...

Mariela, you can have the patterns for free if you leave your email here, I will delete the email once I have sent you the pattern. You may donate the money you save to your favorite cancer related charity.

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Unknown said...
I think copying and pasting someone's work is stealing- always give credit to the creator!


June 12, 2017 at 3:23 PM

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Stephanie said...
I own an etsy shop as well and have come across this problem too many times. Most recently, I've found my exact clothing items on a Chinese site that sells them for 1/10th of the price. Its disheartening but I get comfort in the fact that there are still moms and others that do believe in small businesses and will support them no matter what the cost. I'd love a copy of this pattern to make some scarves for my mom who has recently been diagnosed. My email is
June 13, 2017 at 5:54 PM

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Pam said...
It is unethical to plagiarize and one should never do it. You are a kind person to lend you talents in helping other. I would so much like to do the same, please send me a copy of the pattern for the hat. Thank you. My email is
June 14, 2017 at 2:12 AM

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Pam said...
I would say again that plagiarizing is totally wrong. Than you so much for the hat pattern, may I have the scarf pattern also. My email is
June 15, 2017 at 6:14 AM

Domestic Godess said...

Blogger MaryAnne said...
I find it very sad when people plagiarize anything. But I find it particularly bad when people do this to designers/crafters/artists who often share their work for free. Thank you for making this available.
June 15, 2017 at 11:02 AM Delete

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Blogger T Carson said...
I'm so sorry that you are having to deal with this. It is never ok to steal someone's hard work and pass it off as their own and profit from it. I would love the scarf pattern. My email is
June 15, 2017 at 1:37 PM Delete

Glenda said...

A very good friend hasn't had cancer but has recently had a HUGE cyst removed from the right side of her brain. She had her whole head shaved, rather than leave it up to the surgeons to "do their thing". She has a very large scar on her head and needs to wear scarves until her hair grows out. I've made her a "chemo cap" and giver her scarves but want to make something very simple for her to use to help her out.

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Amy Froelich said...
Plagiarism is never acceptable. I am so sorry this happened to you. My friend just had her first round of chemo yesterday for breast cancer. I would love the chemo cap pattern so I can make some just for her. Thank you for your kindness.

Biszstitcher said...

Someone who uses ideas from others for profit. Unthinkable

Lynn Gagnon said...
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Shirley Kerfoot said...

I think some people think the anonymity of the internet makes it OK, without realising that it is the little people they are hurting. Could I please have the no tie chemo pattern?
thank you for your generosity despite the plagiarism of your design

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Lynn Gagnon said...
Plagiarism is not an acceptable practice for anyone. A lot of time goes into the creator's work. Whether you are a small home based business or a big business if the idea and creation is your's than nobody has the right to claim it as their own. And no one should be bullying someone else without having all the facts. Well no one should bully period. I love these hat patterns you have created and would love to receive the no tie chemo scarf pattern. I have a friend who I am bringing to her chemo treatments and we both sew and knot. She just had her second treatment and we were able to bring in three sewn hats and 2 knitted hats. One of each went to another patient as soon as we gave them to one of the nurses in the infusion. It made my friend so happy to be able to help others. I love that your hats are 'dressy' and would love to be able to make some for others. We have a long way to catch up with you :)
Lynn Gagnon @ Thanks so much!
June 19, 2017 at 12:56 PM

Domestic Godess said...

Shirley K. and Glenda - I need your emails in order to send you the patterns. I will delete your emails from comments once I have sent the patterns.

Dianne Arnold said...

I believe plagiarism is wrong..I totally understand where you are coming from....my sister in law is battleing uterine cancer and started her second round of chemo...this one will be for 3 months....and a few close friends fighting this battle also, so I'm making a few cheerful hats...I would like the hat pattern please.

Domestic Godess said...

Dianne A. I need your email to send the pattern.

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Sara said...
Plagiarism is wrong - the scenarios you mention are not mitigating factors. My company does graphic design, and we deal in intellectual property. Thanks for sending the pattern (though I'm still happy to buy it - I tried at your Etsy store). My email is

Thank you!
June 22, 2017 at 10:50 AM

Lori Stratton said...
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Lori Stratton said...
Plagiarism is as wrong as shop lifting or any other crime. We need to teach our children this. Someone is hardworking and making their wages honestly while someone else is being dishonest and stealing their ideas to make some cash. Wrong wrong wrong! I'm in a different state visiting family and I'm seeing how dishonest people are. A hard working individual goes to work for the day and comes out only to find the chain his bike was locked up with has been cut and his bike stolen by someone. People need to go make an honest living and quit talking others ideas or belongings. My email is . I'd love to try the hat pattern for my granddaughter who has cancer.
June 23, 2017 at 8:18 AM

Domestic Godess said...

slameador said...
It is not bullying to call someone out for plagiarism. I am a middle school technology teacher. To teach this I give every single student a bank book with $5 in school money that is spendable at the school store. They cannot open the pouch to access the money only I can. I take up the pouch at the end of class and redistribute the next day. As time passes I place more dollars in some of their envelopes. When they notice, they scream bloody murder that they have been robbed because the didn't earn more. I give them time to be indignant and them tell them to pull a scenario from the jar. The jar contains about 200 ways their inventions could have been plagiarized. Then they begin to realize how they steal from the people who took the time to create the things that others need. I need the patterns for myself and do not intend to profit from them or keep you from profiting in anyway. Please send it to and then delete my email address. Thank you
June 23, 2017 at 7:08 PM

Skyblue said...
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Skyblue said...
Plagiarism is definitely not acceptable. It's a principle that should be taught in schools starting in middle school, high school as well as college, with Discussion and examples of what plagiarism consists of. Perhaps then, it will be brought to an end. Wishful thinking? Hope not. We need to appreciate that when others share their creativity with us to appreciate it. It's a part of life. We love Art, music, books, movies,dances etc. and credit should be given only to that one or ones who created it. I would love to receive YOUR pattern as my daughter has been diagnosed
With triple negative cancer, most aggressive type. I hope to see a big smile on her face By making the hat and maybe a skirt to match.
Thank you for sharing your creativity with all of us who have responded. There are many of us who understand plagiarism.

My email address is
June 26, 2017 at 12:37 AM

Eure Yvonne von Stempelmeisje said...

Jemand anderen zu kopieren und seine Arbeit als die eigene auszugeben geht gar nicht.