this time of the year you may expect a nice post with pretty photos of christmas balls and candles. but recently, a crocheter sent me a message in which she wrote that she had bought the pattern of my apricot bag on listia.com. someone had my text and images copied and pasted and put up for sale.
she also says: “It’s not about the money for me. It’s about the blatant theft that goes on in that site and that, apparently Listia tacitly endorses by allowing the sellers to relist stolen patterns again and again without any consequences. So far, I’ve seen Listia shut down an auction. And the seller turns around and relists again. I have written one and 1/2 pattern and although the results are wonderful, the process is long and it is blood, sweat, and tears to get it done. I find it offensive on many levels. I found another person who’s selling a Nicky Epstein pattern.”
i wonder if the people of listia.com are content with the fact that such practices take place on their website?
i am disappointed with the morals of some people.
we let us all be inspired by others, we see much through the internet, in magazines, books and museums and on television. i recently saw a documentary about and with paul smith (british designer), and he openly shows that he looks at everything and gets inspired. that’s life, i think. you see things, it gets in your brain and it comes out again. copy and paste and selling without permission and without giving someone credits for her design, words and photo’s has to do with wrong intentions. being inspired…. we all are happily inspired. again, it has to do with your intentions.
what to do next?
i left a message on ravelry.com about this case and i hope that they want to warn their members. therefore i write this post for you. i want to ask you to be alert and possibly pay attention to the subject on your blog. it can happen to you or it is happening to you already. i’ve been naive about everything and i need to think about it.
i have never felt so strong that my mastery of the english language is insufficient and therefore i can not explain this subject in the way i would in dutch. fortunately, my blog friend kylie emailed me links to her post on this topic. she wrote: “i have heard of this happening a lot.— I did a post about it a while ago now — in the comments people told me about other situations where it was blatant plagiarism.”
so if the topic interests you visit the links and please do read the comments too.
and the link about some terrible plagiarism is:
honestly i do not understand very well why people are buying patterns this way (auction). a search for crochet patterns in your browser gives you more hits than you can handle. and you have http://www.crochetpatterncentral.com and http://www.oneprettything.com (search for crochet), both loaded with patterns and ideas. http://www.crochetconcupiscence.com/, a beacon in our crochet world with so much information on it. and ravelry.com, an unbeatable database of ideas and free patterns or patterns for just a few dollars or euros. membership is free!
i hope i have not written gibberish and that this post is understandable for you. please feel free to comment!
gift for you
at the end of this week i am back here with a gift for you! i like to end my first blog year in a stylish way. really hope to see you again!