Monday, April 16, 2012
It's Not Your Right to Copy!
Designers make their livings from their intellectual property and ideas, and they sell them to support themselves and their families. When others think it's OK to share patterns, going so far as to upload them to a web site to be downloaded by hundreds or thousands of others, free of charge, it really is like stealing from that designer!
If you are aware of activities like this going on, please share your findings! Together we can get these sites shut down and maybe get some people prosecuted. Make no mistake - copyright laws in this country are strong, they're real, and the penalties can include possible jail time! So, think twice before you make a copy of a pattern to share with a friend or group of friends. Let a designer know when you find their patterns being distributed in ways you know they don't offer them - most designers don't offer e-patterns, but that said, I know a few who do. If you make items to sell, be sure to give the designer credit for the original design. If you have any questions at all about a designer's terms in regard to their patterns, email, call, get the information before you get into trouble!
This has been a public service announcement from Simple Folk. ;-) Seriously though, drop a dime on these people who make it even harder for designers to make a living. Support the folks who create such wonderful things for all of us to enjoy!
Posted by Simply Wendy at 4:35 PM