Copyright Infringement 101
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Yesterday, I posted a new free crochet pattern to my website for the Paper Dolls Shawlette. Because some people had purchased it from me, I really felt like I needed to explain why I had to make it available for free. I didn’t want there to be any hard feelings. You can read more about that HERE.
What I didn’t expect was the outpouring of love and support from all of you. I have the BEST blog readers ever!
Many of you picked up the free pattern. Some of you didn’t want to pick it up because you felt badly about it. Some of you wanted me to put up a donate button. One person has even suggested that September 30 be known as “Support Your Independent (Indie) Designer Day!”
I design and write crochet patterns because I like to make pretty things and I like to teach others to make pretty things. Not using the pattern because you feel badly about what happened to me doesn’t spread the beauty. If you like this design, please feel good about stitching it up and keeping it for yourself, giving it as a gift or even selling the finished project! *THAT* is what will make me happy.
If you want to help the crochet industry, you can buy a book or buy a pattern. Go to your local library and request crochet books that interest you. Go to websites of independent designers and share links of their work with others. Spread the word! It’s not about me. It’s about the entire industry. Support what you love!
There are many, many independent designers being affected by copyright piracy every single day. Even entire books from publishers are posted on the internet, sometimes the same week they are released. We have to pull together ourselves to make a change.
Some of you had questions about the actual piracy site I mentioned. And, I’m going to show you a screen print for one of them so that you understand.
You can click it to see a bigger view.
There are actually several websites like this on the internet. If you look at the page, you can see that the Paper Dolls Shawlette is available as a PDF. You can see the advertisement on the right which is used by the website to make money from my pattern. And, at the bottom left, you can see the “price”. The price for this particular pattern is “5 Diamonds.”
Now, I don’t know about you, but we don’t use “diamonds” as a form of currency in this country. This is a clear indication that the website is a piracy site.
In order to get this pattern, you have to have diamonds for currency. In order to get the diamonds, you have to post some copyright-protected patterns as well. For every one that you post, you collect diamonds so you can get more. There’s the snag and where you need to be concerned. The site sets everyone up. If you use the site, you are now liable. You will also be in trouble when the website owner is finally taken down.
Since these are the worst offenders on the internet, be alert and be wary. If they use tokens, coins, diamonds or anything else, it’s an obvious piracy site. There are others, but they are not as organized and they’re very easy to remove. This one is big and therefore will fall the hardest when it eventually falls.
Have a look at what happened to one owner of a big piracy site.
Rest assured that I have done everything I can do at this point, but the bulk of the legal work will have to be done by publishers who have house attorneys to handle this kind of thing. And, they will. It just can’t come soon enough.
Again, thank you all! Love ya. 🙂