Copyright Infringement Copyright Infringement Some companies offer a free woodworking plan on their web site from time to time. It is offered to their customers and site visitors to build projects and to promote good will. The free offer does not extend to such situations that a person can take
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Copyright Infringement

WoodworkersWorkshop® - Copyright Infringement and how it affects everybody. 

  • 2015 Jun 09: Woodworkers Journal Reader tips on how to be Buyer Beware when it comes to advertisements about plan collections like TedsWoodworking.
  • 2015 Jun 02: WoodworkersJournal eZine #380 talks about woodworking copyright and the issues that promoters of TedsWoodworking are using children charities as a way to fundraise for the charities, when in fact, all they want to do is make money selling illegal products at TedsWoodworking.com. 
  • 2012 April 16: This is another great article about woodworking copyright and the issues involved. In particular, this page talks about TedsWoodworking.com. 
  • October 28, 2011: This was an excellent article with YouTube video on the subject copyrighted woodworking plans by Steve Ramsey. (Edit 2021: The content was removed at some point and is no longer available.)
  • May 2010: An article written by WOOD Magazine about the this subject. http://www.woodmagazine.com/woodworking-tips/editorial-extras/discount-woodworking-plans-review/?page=1

Some companies offer a free woodworking plan on their web site from time to time. It is offered to their customers and site visitors to build projects and to promote good will. The free offer does not extend to such situations that a person can take that free offer and compile it with other free offers and sell as a "package" or as a "service". U.S. copyright law clearly indicates that the copyright belongs to the creator of the image/product, from the moment the image or product was created. Even if you paid for the image or product, its not yours (read more).

In similar scenarios; 

  1. An individual who acquires possession of a woodworking plan (document), whether given freely or made with payment (a sales's transaction), does not outright own that document. 
  2. The copyright holder (designer of the plan) is only making available to the individual a copy of the document for personal use. 
  3. The individual who takes possession of a copy of the document, does so for the purposes of building a woodworking project. Generally a person can build a project using the document's instructions and their permission of use of that document stops there. There are some designers who allow an individual to build several projects and sell them at craft fairs. We are working towards each designer to submit their copyright permissions. When available, those permissions will be made public on the product pages of our online store
  4. If an individual wishes to build projects for sale (for example, at a craft show), permission should allways FIRST be obtained from the designer. 
  5. Irregardless of how a person obtains a copy of the document, whether by payment, or for free, the customer is NOT allowed:
    • to sell copies of that document, or, 
    • include a copy of that document in a product or service they are selling, or, 
    • make available or distribute by any means a copy, online or offline, in any format, under any type of media file transmission, a free copy version of that document. 

November 18, 2008 - (revised from February 27, 2011) We are NOT affiliated in any way with sellers of CDs or DVDs featuring PDFs and web site links to hundreds or thousands of projects. There are some people online that are selling cd's and dvd's (or any other media) that contain free woodworking plans and links to woodworking plans. The content contained within the product(s) that these people are selling is copyright protected and they are most likely selling without permission from the respective copyright holders. Copyright holders range from individuals, company's, corporate entities, educational and government institutions.

Some of the content on these products will direct you to plans on our web sites, and most of the plans are pay plans like those found in our online store. People who bought the cd's are expecting free plans so when they land at our web pages and see the plans cost money, they are mad. They express their anger onto us because they think we are the company who sold them the cd/dvd. They assume we are the seller because the web site links send them to our site. So we have to place this disclaimer on our Copyright Policy page to prevent "guilty by association" which many people automatically assume.

We simply do not have the financial resources to go after the hundreds of people who are selling these cds/dvds and torrents online. So we feel the best way to confront this issue is to educate the public using a highly visible link to this web page.

If you bought a cd or dvd that promotes "hundreds" or "thousands" of plans, then you most likely bought one of the products we are discussing here. You basically paid for information that is freely available online. This web site and our network of web sites, like www.FreeWoodworkingPlan.com lists much of the information and more, that is found on those cd's. The difference is we work with the web sites who offer the free information by promoting their information free of charge. We do not, and never will, charge for accessing this free information. And just as important, we maintain and update our information daily.

There is not one company we know of, and we know a lot of people and companies in the industry, that offers such a product like a cd or download with hundreds (or thousands) of free woodworking plans. Its simply not cost effective.

In all the cases we have seen so far, people who are selling cd's or dvd's featuring all sorts of free information have this typical format: the product contains html pages or PDF's of free plans they found online, and a list of links where to find other plans (free or fee). We know one in particular that lists thousands of our web site links. So, if you get the product and see some of the links that point to WoodworkersWorkshop® then you bought a product that is first, illegal, and second, bought from a person who is infringing on copyright. We have not authorized any individual or company to issue a product that contains our links.

As we recommend to anybody who may have fallen victim to purchasing such product, we recommend you report this person to your Better Business Bureau, local authorities, your credit card company. And while on the phone with your credit card company, ask for your money back. If you bought it on:

  1. eBay, file a report with eBay about the seller selling a product that infringes on copyright. 
  2. the PayPal.com's payment service, file a claim with PayPal.
  3. Google Checkout, file a claim with Google.
  4. the Clickbank system, you could try to file a claim however that company is not known for being very helpfull in such matters.

Most of these services offer links to reporting fraudulent activity through the use of their credit card processing systems. Its the only way to stop copyright infringement.

If you have knowingly purchased these products, or promote the sale of these products, you are contributing to the problem.

One final note, tell all your friends and contacts to avoid such products online.

If you are interested in learning how to investigate the copyright status of a work, the US government offers this document. Also, the university of Pennsylvania offers: How Can I Tell Whether a Copyright Was Renewed?.

This list has been compiled over time and is being posted here today February 27, 2011 so that you as the reader can see the impact that copyright infringement has. The following companies and individuals have been victims of these fraudulent activities. To date, products from the following companies and individuals have been found on these CD/download products: 

  1. 4Gazebos 
  2. ABC.com 
  3. Ace Hardware 
  4. All-About-Dog-Houses 
  5. AM-Wood 
  6. Amby 
  7. American Woodshop 
  8. American Woodworker Magazine 
  9. ArborTech.com.au 
  10. Arch Chemicals 
  11. Area Guides 
  12. August Home Publishing 
  13. Back Wood Home Magazine 
  14. Bateau.com 
  15. BeeSource 
  16. Benchmark.20m.com 
  17. BenchNotes.com 
  18. BenGrosser.com 
  19. BetterBarns.com 
  20. BHG.com 
  21. BHG.com.au 
  22. BillPentz.com 
  23. BinkysWoodworking.com 
  24. Black and Decker 
  25. Blueprints for the Handyman 
  26. Bob Cosman 
  27. BobsPlans.com 
  28. BuildEazy.com 
  29. BYGPub.com 
  30. CabinLife.com 
  31. CabinsandSheds web site 
  32. CalmPlex 
  33. CalRedwood.org 
  34. Canadian HomeWorkshop Magazine 
  35. CanPly.org 
  36. Cat-World.com.au 
  37. CatsInternational.org 
  38. CFSH.ca 
  39. Christopher Swingley 
  40. Colorado CICC 
  41. CompleteHome.com 
  42. CreativeHomeowner 
  43. CruiseNews.com 
  44. DaveOsborne.com 
  45. DenverGov.com 
  46. DetNews.com 
  47. DigiPlan.ca 
  48. DIY.com 
  49. DIYData.com 
  50. DIYNetwork.com 
  51. DoItYourself.com 
  52. Doug Carson 
  53. DTNProgressiveFarmer.com 
  54. Ducks Unlimited Canada 
  55. EasyWoodPlans.com (Meredith Corporation) 
  56. EHow.com 
  57. EmporiumIndonesia 
  58. Extreme Makeover Home Edition. 
  59. ExtremeHowTo.com 
  60. FamilyFun.Go.com 
  61. Feline-Furniture.Tripod.com 
  62. FeralCatFocus.org 
  63. FiasCoFarm.com 
  64. Fine Home Building Magazine 
  65. Fine Woodworking Magazine 
  66. FleetwoodToday.co.uk 
  67. FNAL 
  68. Fox Chapel Publishing 
  69. FreeBarbequePlans.com 
  70. FreeKidsBenchPlans.com 
  71. FreeWineRackPlans.com 
  72. FurniturePlans.com 
  73. Gabe Burnett 
  74. Garden Gate Magazine (August Home Publishing) 
  75. Garden Life Magazine (no longer in print) 
  76. GardeningData.co.uk 
  77. GaryMKatz.com 
  78. Georgia-Pacific 
  79. Glen Walling 
  80. Gloucheshire.police.uk 
  81. GrampasWorkshop.net 
  82. Greenhouse.net 
  83. GreenThumbGoodies.com 
  84. Gutenberg.org 
  85. H2otHouse.com 
  86. HandyAmerican.com 
  87. HandymanUSA.com 
  88. HandymanWire.com 
  89. Harry Hawkings 
  90. HGTV.com 
  91. HighlandWoodworking.com 
  92. HomeBase.co.uk 
  93. HomeEnvy.com 
  94. HomePOwer.com 
  95. HomeTime.com 
  96. Hoppes.com 
  97. HouseBarra.com 
  98. Instructables.com 
  99. InternetWoodworking.com 
  100. J.G. Oddy 
  101. JeffGreefWoodworking.com 
  102. JRReding.com 
  103. Just-Sheds.com. 
  104. KarlosBuildingSupplies.com 
  105. Ken Eubanks 
  106. KennedyHadware 
  107. KidsCanMakeIt 
  108. Krylon 
  109. KustomShedz.com 
  110. L&R Designs 
  111. LeesStyron.com 
  112. LeesWoodProjects.com 
  113. Lowes Home Improvement 
  114. MagnetMart.com.au 
  115. Mark M. Lambert 
  116. Matthias Wandel 
  117. MD Erickson 
  118. MacFarlandCascade.com 
  119. Mechanix Illustrated 
  120. MendocMedia.com 
  121. Michael Martin 
  122. MicroCruising.com 
  123. MikeStrong.com 
  124. MikesWoodworkingStuff 
  125. Minwax 
  126. Missouri Dept of Conservation 
  127. MotherEarthNews.com 
  128. Move.com 
  129. MoynihanLumber.com 
  130. Mr. Wizard - Dale Austin 
  131. MSUCares.com 
  132. MWPS: Midwest Plan Service - United States Dept of Agriculture 
  133. NAFI.cm 
  134. NapaValley (personal web site) 
  135. NewWoodworker.com 
  136. Northwoodscasket.com 
  137. OLRC 
  138. Ontario Barn 
  139. OPLoftBed.com 
  140. Paul Sawyers 
  141. Penninsula Woodworkers Guild 
  142. Pinewood Derby Supersite 
  143. Piteraq.dk 
  144. PlansNow.com (August Home Publishing) 
  145. Popular Mechanics (Hearst Publications) 
  146. Popular Woodworking Magazine 
  147. R.C. Bell 
  148. Ravensgard 
  149. ReelBeer.com 
  150. Rob Stone 
  151. Rockler.com 
  152. Rona.ca 
  153. RonHazelton.com 
  154. RouterWorkshop.com 
  155. RunnerDuck.com 
  156. SawdustMaking.com 
  157. Science and Mechanics Magazine 
  158. Scouters.us 
  159. ScrollerLtd. 
  160. ScrollsawInspirations.com 
  161. ShopForTools.com 
  162. ShoppingMatchMaker.com 
  163. Shopsmith.com 
  164. ShopsmithHandsOn.com 
  165. ShopWoodworking.com 
  166. ShowCatsOnline.com 
  167. SLHardwoods.co.uk 
  168. Southern Pine Products Association 
  169. SpookyBlue.com 
  170. SpoonLady.com 
  171. ST Custom Toys 
  172. Stanley Tools 
  173. Sundance Supply web site 
  174. Sunset Magazine 
  175. Taunton Press 
  176. TaylorRentals.com 
  177. TDem.co.nz 
  178. TheFoodGuys.com 
  179. TheTreeHouseGuide.com 
  180. TheWoodCarversCabin.com 
  181. TheWoodcrafter.net 
  182. ThriftyFun.com 
  183. Timbr.com 
  184. Time Life Magazine - Art of Woodworking series 
  185. TNValleyWoodClub.org 
  186. Tom Riley 
  187. ToolGirl.com (AnythingICanDo.com) 
  188. Trend-UK.com 
  189. Triton.net.au 
  190. TrueValue.com 
  191. U-Bild / Ryobi 
  192. UFPI.com 
  193. UKWorkshop.co.uk 
  194. United States Department of Agriculture Bureau of Agricultural Engineering 
  195. United States Department of Agriculture Forest Service 
  196. United States Department of Defence 
  197. United States Environmental Protection Agency web site 
  198. United States Kansas State Agricultural College 
  199. United States Oklahoma State Cooperative Extension Services 
  200. United States Oregon State City of Wilsonville 
  201. United States University of Connecticut web site 
  202. United States University of Maryland web site 
  203. United States University of Mississippi web site 
  204. United States University of North Carolina Cooperative Extension Services 
  205. United States University of North Dakota web site, North Dakota Agricultural College 
  206. United States University of Tennessee web site 
  207. United States University of Virginia 
  208. University of Regina Faculty of Engineering 
  209. USFPL 
  210. USGS Northern Prairie Wildlife Research Center 
  211. VersaTool.com 
  212. VicSue 
  213. Vindis.Tripod.com 
  214. Walt Akers 
  215. WayneoftheWoods 
  216. WaynesWoodcrafts 
  217. Weekend Woodcrafts magazine 
  218. WikiHow.com 
  219. William T. Huffstetler 
  220. WindsorOne.com 
  221. Winnipeg.ca 
  222. WolmanizedWood.com 
  223. WoodCentral.com 
  224. WOOD Magazine (Meredith Corporation) 
  225. WoodNet.net 
  226. WoodShop Notebook 
  227. WoodShopTips.com 
  228. Woodsmith Magazine (August Home Publishing) 
  229. WoodTurns.com 
  230. WoodwareDesigns 
  231. Woodworkersinstitute.com 
  232. Woodworkers Journal Magazine (Rockler Corp.) 
  233. Woodworkers Workshop® web site (that's us) 
  234. WoodworkingTips.com 
  235. WoodZone.com 
  236. Workbench Magazine (August Home Publishing) 
  237. WowIMadeIt 
  238. WRCLA

For individuals and companies that are suffering from copyright loss, I will list resources and methods to report violators below. Choose one or all methods that are appropriate to your situation.

If you agree or disagree with our efforts to educate the public on copyright infringement and would like to add your unedited comments below, please feel free to email Jim Barry or send him a Tweet.

  • November 15, 2015, Jonas Zahn - President, NorthwoodsCaskets Jim, thank you for this article. I found this article after learning my free woodworking plans for casket were pirated and made part of Ted's ... collection. Feel free to add my name/company to your list. I may pursue copywright infringement after hearing from my attorney. cheers, web: http://www.NorthwoodsCasket.com/ | facebook: http://www.facebook.com/NorthwoodsCasket
  • December 28, 2008, Les Kenny - Auckland, New Zealand writes:
    I have had contact with Jim for a number of years. I am pleased to see that he is making an effort to curb copyright theft and I support everything that Jim is doing. I have a website where I publish (for free) a lot of my own woodworking plans and it is not uncommon to find them being sold on Ebay or such places either separately (by unauthorized people) or bundled with other peoples plans. I also get reports on a weekly basis of other websites copying (stealing) my material. The fight to stop it is neverending but I think that it is important to try to do something and not just throw it in the 'to hard' basket. I agree with other comments, we all need to pitch in and "do the right thing".
    Sincerley
    Les Kenny
    www.buildeazy.com
  • November 18, 2008, Don Firth - Toronto, Canada writes:
    A few years ago, I had a regular vistor to my site tell me he had found a similar DVD with a pile of my projects on it. He gave me the address/URL where he saw it. I went there and threatened, legal action etc. etc. The guy wrote back saying how sorry he was. And you see, "He had bought this collection from another guy and thought that guy owned it all and blah bah blah". He said he would remove my projects from his master disc. Yeah sure. . . . . An internet savvy friend told me if you're gonna take any legal action against this type of thing, you better be long on patience, time to waste, extreme effort & perseverance. Also you'll need a lot of cash and with the lack of international legal precidents (YIKES) it's a crapshoot at best. I felt it wasn't worth the effort and so I never did anything more about it.
    Don Firth - Toronto, Canada
  • November 18, 2008, Vicki H. in Maryland, USA writes:
    We all (woodworkers) need to pitch in and "do the right thing" by only using copyrighted plans we paid for or legitimate free plans offered on various web sites. There is no need to be greedy and try to get something for nothing as there is plenty of free help, assistance and plans to be had on the web legally. Sincerely, Vicki H. in Maryland, USA

Article Posted: 02/23/2021 04:20:03 PM

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