|fruit and flowers, this photo has no copyright. it also has no artistic value so I don't care if you use it!|
Confused and Dismayed. Why you ask? I just read another post by an artist/blogger with issues related to the theft of intellectual property and copy right infringement. The Internet experience seems to be the ultimate breeding ground for this particular form of 'flattery.'
|A Halloween themed doll, I bought it at a craft fair, did the 'maker' have permission to copy this pattern and sell it? Beats me, I never thought about it at the time, it is about 18 years old.|
I cannot fathom the reach of the Internet when it comes down to it. For example, an artist makes a product, shares the process, posts the process, lists the finished product on a sellers site (Etsy, Ebay, etc.) then is totally taken aback because someone likes, puts it on their Pinterest board, copies it and sometimes sells it. After they post it someone in the Ukraine does the same thing and sells a similar product for half the original price.
Now, remember that the original artist becomes aware of this by accident or referral. This person operates a small shop for a living. What is that person to do? I don't know. I am just asking. In the back of my head I am thinking that this artist is using these Internet connections to grow the business and sell the product, should that person be so surprised that their work is copied?
Just something to think about if you design and post your work. What do you think?
This is a link to the thought provoking post that led me down this path. Worth the read.
***here is a little addendum, while reading today's email a favorite blog read of mine posted a 'scrap' project where she uses little candy pop pre-cuts to enhance a tea towel. Well, glory be dahlings, it is almost a replica of one of my former posts. I am not insinuating anything, but, how can something like this, as simple as it is, be considered so special that one would make a big deal of someone using the same idea?
here and about 6 more posts in the same vein just on Sewtopia.