Friday, January 30, 2015

What I am up to and some thoughts on Copyright.

I put on hold posting any pictures of my work, though I still crochet, some projects are done, some in work.
I have a big hope to get my Green Card this year and open my patterns shop. Though I am itchy to show what is done, I am not going to do that. Everything is on hold right now. :)) But I work hard, creating pattern for the pieces that done long time ago.  I have very horrible notes for some of them and it is not easy. :))

I've been working on Country cardigan pattern for the last two weeks. it wasn't hard to write down and draw charts for the size I made, but oh boy! it is a pain to create different sizes, because this pattern involves motifs and adding 10 cm when 1 motif is 18 is not easy. I am walking around with a calculator and measuring tape - they are my best friends. There is a template for different sizes constantly laying  on my bed.  That's what differ crochet patterns from knitting patterns, they are so much harder to make different sizes!



Regarding that I was thinking a lot about how people scan patterns from magazines and post them on-line. I wonder if they ever thought about how much work and time designers put in the patterns. Those are not evil people, I bet many of them think they do good for others, giving patterns for free.
My friend and I wrote e-mails to Etsy web-site because there is a number of shops there that sell pdf files of patterns magazines.
The answer we got - they take it very serious, but they won't do anything unless a legal copyright holder files a complain.  How designers feel to have a shop next to somebody who makes money on stealing? Etsy doesn't care, they have their share. For example, e-bay doesn't allow to sell pdf files unless you have a right to do so and can prove it! Shame on Etsy!
I contacted Japanese publisher and they told me they regularly contact Etsy on that matter, but as soon as they close one shop, another opens.
Please, spread a word, don't be indifferent, because it's not a victim-less crime. We all love free stuff, sure, but would we, if it hurts somebody?
Happy crocheting, my friends!
Be healthy and love to you all!

19 comments:

  1. I really agree with you... I have seen a lot of scanned pdf files sold on etsy. How can they do this ? Yes. they close one shop ,then they can open another one. But when they open a new shop , does not etsy check up on it , or at lease when you see they sell scanned pdf patterns or documents , do not they even should ask they are the legal copyright holder ?shame on etsy.

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    1. I really hope they change their policy. If more people contact them on that matter, it might help. Thank you for your comment!

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  2. Agree and disagree with you :) For example this girl does a wonderful job http://crochetpatternstotry.blogspot.ch/2015/01/crochet-diva-dress-designer-style-free.html?spref=pi She takes free patterns and makes rows interpretations for those who do not understand charts. Of course she attracts lots of visitors to her blog and can promote whatever she wants as well. I saw pattern sellers who do the same thing but ask for the payment. They have invested their time in interpreting rows, but some people value their time more, some not.

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    1. Raspa, why do you think those patterns are free? They are not. I see patterns from Russian websites, somebody already scanned them and posted, she took them and explained. If she did not scan them it doesn't mean she can repost them and explain, attracting people who can't read charts. What do you mean by pattern sellers who do the same thing and ask for payment? I am sorry, but I don't understand you point. Do you blame designers who have brains to create patterns and try to sell them? What would she have to explain if there were no patterns out there? Can she make her own? She has no right explaining anything without permission of those patterns rights holders. It is not just time. If anybody could just invest enought time and create anything. It doesn't work that way. I don't see shades of gray here. You either created a pattern and have rights to it and nobody can post it and explain without your permission or you don't.

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    2. I don't know about other patterns she translated - but this dress is from http://www.circulo.com.br/pt/receitas I saw many FREE patterns with the same girl there, for example http://www.circulo.com.br/pt/receitas/moda-feminina-adulto/vestido-noiva-clea-5 Circulo.com.br is like Drops design - they offer free items in Portuguese with charts. Great inspiration, by the way! I see no harm if somebody translates Brazilian FREE patterns into English and explains the charts for not-visual crocheters.

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    3. I haven't searched the whole blog of course, there are might be free patterns and sure it's OK. I saw patterns from magazines there. I never talked about free patterns. My point it is illegal to scan and post on-line patterns from books and magazines, that's it. Thank you for your comments, Raspa!

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  3. I pray you get your green card this year. I love what you've shown of your work. Of course you are right about the pattern theft..and that is what it is. I'm sure it is really frustrating, especially considering how much work goes into creating them and how relatively inexpensive they tend to be for the buyer.

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  4. Any crochet patterns that I have bought on Etsy or Ravelry are ridiculously cheap when you look at the design and skill and time it must take to put these together. If you can't read charts then translating them to text in no way gives you the right to distribute for free. I have a hard time reading written patterns and would quite often translate to a chart. I would never dream of posting it.

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  5. Btw your designs are amazing and I really hope you get your green card soon!!

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  6. I love you work...who do I need to call to make them push through your green card ? :D

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    1. Thank you! If you are Michelle Obama, please, talk to your husband. :))))) We actually are ready to file the last petition in the process. So it's fine. :) It takes so long though.

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    1. I agree with you (about Copyrights) . I'm french from Quebec Canada, and I'm appalled that some people just translate a pattern and get paid like it was their own design. I've been knitting for ages and, even if sometimes I started to follow a pattern, at the end I'd change everything about it and make it my own. All my life, in my artistry, I've been making, jewelry, painting, drawing so now I decided to design knitwear. It's difficult; there's a lot of trial and error, time deciding about colors, shape, yarn stitch….People who copy, steal the uniqueness of an artist. I don't take that lightly; for me it's a crime. Continue to shine Natalia soon it will be your time.

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    2. Thank you, Francoise! I wish you good luck on your journey!

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    3. I think the buyers are also to blame if they agree to purchase these patterns on Etsy. Recently I saw items from Vogue knitting, Everyday Crochet, designs by Nicky Epstein and Doris Chan on Etsy https://www.etsy.com/ch-en/shop/CopperLife and it looks as though publishers do not care about copyright infringement, so I think more and more patterns from their books will be published in the future unless the buyers decide not to purchase them.

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