A few days ago I was perusing Etsy when I saw some posters available as pdfs in CerridwenGrainne’s store . They reminded me of the parchment ones a lot of the metaphysical shops carry, but I hadn’t seen these particular ones. I assumed they were her own, so purchased three different sets. When I opened the pdfs I discovered that what they actually were was scanned copies of copyrighted material. They were parchment posters featuring the work of Amber K and Travis Bowman.
I immediately sent a message to the seller requesting a refund and telling her that I did not support copyright infringement. Although she did issue a refund, her response floored me.
So, I made a post to my facebook page:
“Please do not support cerridwengrainne1 on Etsy.com. I purchased some PDF’s for download to discover they are all badly scanned copyrighted documents by Pagan author’s Amber K and Travis Bowman.”
She then sent me a message on facebook saying this:
“The items you purchased were not badly scanned and they are open for purchase. In fact ….if you go to Azure Green they are available for purchase! And ETSY all ready cleared the downloads. I will be contacting my lawyer for the slander you’re posting on facebook smile emoticon”
Now there are a number of things wrong with this statement, but I was going to ignore her. I had my money back and would not be supporting her shop. Then she sent me an email…….. My comments are in bold.
Date: Tue, 16 Feb 2016 21:51:51 -0700
Remember the Wicca Rede and follow the Three Fold Law…or perhaps you don’t know what that is because it requires a certain amount of reading and comprehension as well.
I often find that those that like to fling around the rede and three fold law are the least likely to follow it themselves. My knowledge of ethics, magic and life in general go far beyond reading. It also, very obviously, go far beyond yours.
Now, the only response I emailed her was:
“How nice for you. Unfortunately all your education didn’t teach you something. If you are reselling products from Azure Green you must sell the actual product, not scan it, sell it, and pocket the proceeds. Azure Green doesn’t make money that way. ”
You see, Azure Green is the distributor for those particular posters. She did not have their permission to pdf their products and sell them as her own. She also had other Azure Green items in her store. I don’t know if she will still be able to use Azure Green as a distributor. They were notified of her infringement, as was Etsy. I do notice that her store has been closed since yesterday for “taxes”. I also notified Amber K.
I have to admit that I am dismayed that Etsy has strayed so far from where it began. I don’t know that I will use it much in the future. I certainly know what store I will not use, or recommend however.
The hubris of this woman doesn’t cease to amaze me. Especially after her vitriol about the rede and three fold law. I found this:
This was listed on a site called The Hippy Corner. Note that it claims the chest is Hand Carved by CerridwenGrainne. These chests can be purchased from Azure Green. They are made in India, and many metaphysical suppliers carry similar items.
Rather sad if you ask me…..