I have to say, I have been on both sides of this. I used to paint glass when I was younger, since I was 13 in fact (ahhh getting old) and sold it at craft fairs and a few pieces on here. One day I received a horrible message, accusing me of stealing another crafters designs, I hadn’t, in fact the item in question (a pair of shot glasses with hearts on) were the simplest pieces I’d ever done, that my friend had ordered, then changed her mind and wanted mixer glasses instead, so I listed them. The woman who emailed was so adamant and upset that I’d dared to ‘copy’ and reported me to folksy. Nothing happened, I don’t really think you can copy heart shapes to be honest, and looking back I should have just ignored her as once I’d replied she just got more upset. The whole thing knocked my confidence, I let the listing run 'til it finished and then donated them and the rest of my glass to the local school fair. I kept my paints, and used to get them out every year to paint Christmas tree baubles.
In contrast, there is a woman in Russia copying my pendant designs exactly on the same shape blanks, she’s even posted the pictures to her facebook showing her tracing the image from a screenshot. I haven’t done anything. It is upsetting and maybe if she was selling them in direct competition to me I’d be forced to do something. I hate confrontation though. Lots of people say you are supposed to be flattered, and I’m happy for people to be inspired by me, and they have even posted to say that their design has been, but when you create intricate designs that have been sanded out 20 times before you can get them to work and sit right on the piece for the first time, then someone uses a screenshot and carbon paper to trace it? Not a good feeling.