Thursday, September 29, 2011

new scarf / copyright infringement

Tada! #30 scarf is complete. Whew!

Finished size is 6" x 59".

The pattern I used is in the leaflet Ruthie's Easy Crocheted Scarves by Ruthie Marks. It is called Lace and Spirals. I didn't do the spirals part. :-)

It uses V stitch and a 3 dc bobble for the center section. The pattern does not call for edging, but I used an edging of one round sc in blue, a round of dc in red, then a round of faux picot (sc, ch 2, sc, sk 1) in blue. I really like the finished product. Oh, and I didn't count rows, but the pattern says 58" long so I must be close.

It was very simple to do once you got into the rhythm of it.

In other news, I discovered that some of my photos were taken from Crochet Cabana without my permission and used on another site. The site owner placed their "name" on the photos. Since these were from one of my earliest tutorials, I did not have my copyright notice directly on the photos. They are definitely my photos as my notations were kept.

The site is in Arabic but translation is available, though it is difficult to understand. My video is also embedded on site.

I have written a polite note using their contact form asking them to remove the photos. I have not had any reply as of yet. It is possible the person did not realize they were doing something wrong. I know it doesn't seem like it could be, but many are not educated about copyright laws and just don't think of intellectual property as something owned.

Truthfully, this is so discouraging and once again makes me wonder if I should just give up and shut down the site. This is not the first time I've had my materials taken and used without permission. I am not alone in this. I know other designers and charity sites have had similar experiences.

Oh well, I guess they are the ones who have to live with their conscience.

Happy crocheting!

1 comment:

  1. I agree that it's not right. I wouldn't like to see you shut down but you have to do what's right for you. And it's even harder when they are in another country, even more so an Arabic country. Hopefully they'll do the right thing.