The Gift of Stitching, Pinterest And other copyright issues...

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Registered: 01-03-2001
The Gift of Stitching, Pinterest And other copyright issues...
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Sat, 03-24-2012 - 11:57am

In the past, we have posted here several threads about copyright, trademark, patents, etc. and how they affect stitchers (those who create designs as well as those who use them). These threads are as follows:

Copyright regulations, rules And laws... http://forums.ivillage.com/t5/Sew-Much-To-Say/Copyright-regulations-rules-laws/m-p/12796200#M11174

The differences between trademark And copyright... http://forums.ivillage.com/t5/Sew-Much-To-Say/Trademark-v-Copyright/m-p/118520021#M14397

Stitching copyright Dos And Don'ts... http://forums.ivillage.com/t5/Sew-Much-To-Say/Stitching-Copyright-Dos-and-Don-ts/m-p/12789600#M4574

Your rights And obligations under copyright laws: http://forums.ivillage.com/t5/Sew-Much-To-Say/Copyright-Concerns/m-p/12793492#M8466

But recently, two things have happened in the "blogosphere" which show that copyright

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Registered: 07-31-1998

Carol,

This holds true for the few shows that allow us to show our stitchery. I seen things rated as an original when I knew who was the designer and it wasn't the person who stitched it. Good shows ask who the designer was and will have store people on the judging teams to catch this. It is very unfair to have an original piece judged against a kit for example and I have had this happen to me personally.

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Registered: 05-23-2001

I have seen items exhibited in our County Fair that were entered as Original, when I KNOW that I've seen the pattern elsewhere AND they won a ribbon.

Liz

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Registered: 01-03-2001

I personally have entered pieces made from charts, but never claimed them to be original... and I have seen many others made from charts (and kits) I have owned or seen advertised. Maybe ebcasue I am such a fanatic sitcticher of corss stitch, I am more familiar with what is out there than the novice but I totally see your point. Original designs SHOULD be judged independenlty of those charted/designed by others.

Our fair doesn't make that distinction --- they don't even ask for the designer's name, which bothers me. Maybe someone who saw a piece exhibited would have liked to buy the chart!

Oh, to hijack the post a little, our County Fair announced new needlework catagories for this year --- and they added higher count catagories (up to and including 40 ct) for framed pictures adn framed samplers! Maybe they heard me! LOL The special category for this year is "Twas the Night Before Christmas" and I need to ook and see if I have anything Chrsitmasy to stitch before the deadline of mid-summer! Otherwise, I'm not likely to have anything in teh fair this year --- Kimono-Revisited is occupying so much of my time!

Now, back to the topic at hand --- Pinterest has introduced a code which makes a blog "un-pinnable" IF you can edit your blog header. I can't, but I have written customer service at Multiply to find out if there is a workaround. Anyway, it's



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I just heard back from the customer support at Multiplu, the place where my blog is, and got a very unsatisfactory response:

"For this moment we do not have plans of making code changes to accommodate Pinterest. Perhaps you can make use of Pinterest's HTML codes for your site: http://pinterest.com/about/goodies/.
"You can use the HTML code on your site customization, but not the code with javascript because javascript is not allowed."

If you go to the link they suggest, it's code to allow pinterest on your ite, not the other way around.

I also see that several followers of the Pin Tangle blog are cancelling their Pinterest subscriptions and



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Registered: 11-18-2008

I had something similar happen to me today where someone had copied my most popular blog post, word-for-word, picture-for-picture, to her blog. There was no contact info listed on her blog or in her profile (big surprise!) so I made a comment requesting that she remove it. I also reported it to blogger but, by the time I checked back, she had already deleted the post from her blog. I consider myself lucky in that respect because I've heard stories from other bloggers where they had a much harder time.

I have started putting watermarks on any photos that I care about...when it's just food or silly stuff I don't. Wish I had done that when I made that particular post though since it has 70k hits on it at this time.

I don't really know what the answer is. I read a Pinterest etiquette type blog post the other day and found that I had been doing some things wrong, like not always pinning from the original source. I'll definitely be trying to use it as courteously as possible from here on out, but we all know that not everyone out there cares that much.

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Registered: 01-03-2001
How did you find out you had been pirated?

And glad you were able to catch it...

Can you give us a link to the pinterest ettiquette blog? I think it would be useful here.

By the way,CMTasha says we get more iVillage hits from Pinterest than from Facebook! I assume people are pinning articles from the home pages, not the message boards, right? Because I don't see pin tags on the boards... Of course I've never looked for them either...

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Registered: 11-18-2008
Yes, I'll definitely see if I can find it again. It was something I saw on my Facebook newsfeed.

This is a good article though~ http://techcrunch.com/2012/03/20/copyright-issues-could-spur-changes-to-pinterests-terms-of-use-and-pin-etiquette/

In the second paragraph there's a link to Kirsten Kowalski's blog post on the same topic that went viral in February. It's informative - and scary!
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Registered: 07-31-1998

Carol,

That was quite interesting to read. And I agree with her.

I was designing a series of bargello Christmas ornaments. Women would walk up to me and ask to see what I was stitching and then tell me they wanted to go home and stitch what I was doing. I wanted to scream that they were stealing my designs. I never published them or sold them. I was so disheartened.

I didn't know about the illegal sites and I don't think I have ever visited one or know how to find one. I have a few sites that I like to look at periodically and I have printed out designs that are marked as free. I have

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Like you, I have never knowlingly visited an illegal site --- I beleive theya re all forums and mostly in Chinese or Japanese but from what the designer sau=id that isn't necessarily true.

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