So, I have been reading some of your posts here regarding copying people on Etsy and using what you copy for personal use.
I believe that all artists are inspired by each other. I often see things and think, "wow, great idea! I could do that!" Sometimes, I try to make what I have seen, sometimes I don't. One thing I do not do, however, is copy other people and sell the items myself.
You all were talking about my playhouses. Obviously, not a new idea, so nobody needs to feel bad about making their own card table playhouse. I did not invent this idea, and I would never say it was my own idea. HOWEVER, my designs are copyrighted and trademarked and several are patent protected. My business attorney vigorously defends my business against anyone who blatantly copies my designs for resale. This is my business, I take it seriously, and I have a large, thriving off-Etsy toy business as well. If you want to copy what I make for your own family or to give as gifts, great! You will see exactly how much time and care I put into each of these playhouses. If you copy my designs and sell them, you will hear from my attorney. There are many sellers on Etsy who have attorneys who protect their designs as well, so you should be careful about who you copy. This is not being rude or selfish, it is just business.
Etsy artists spend hours developing their products, and many of them support their families with the money they make on that site. I hope all readers will consider their hard work and be respectful and not blatantly copy those artists for resale.