Can I just say...I really don't get copying. I'm NOT saying it doesn't happen and I know firsthand how hurtful it can be to see your work with someone else's name on it. Back in 1847 or 2000 or something, I used to write this story and put it up on my old old nothing-to-do-with-The-Dreamy-Giraffe website and a few months later, wound up stumbling upon that story, my story on someone else's website -- and that someone else was claiming THEY wrote it. I was so crushed, I vowed to never, ever put any of my work on the 'net again -- obviously that vow was broken.
But, so yes, I understand how awful that feels and I'm sure ideas do get stolen and artists do get ripped off. It most likely even happens at Etsy. I mean, every other day there's a thread popping up by someone who feels as if they've been the victim of a copycat, so obviously at least some of those are really cases of someone legitimately being copied. I'm not trying to minimize the issue, but I truly do have a difficult time wrapping my mind about it being THAT rampant of an issue.
Here's why: I can't imagine needing to take someone else's idea.
I just...can't imagine it.