|Simply Knitting 49, January 2009|
Alan's design is lovely and very easy to follow if you are patient and trust the whole process. I have often found that I look forward to figuring out what these pieces will look like as I work through his designs.
Ravelry doesn't mind if you write in the notes the changes that are made. However they frown on copyright infringement, so within 20 minutes it was removed from the database and the person removed it from their blog. I did send her an private message to explain everything along with a copy of Alan's email, minus the personal information.
There is a very fine line on being a fan and overstepping into copyright infringement.
The story of Mazzmatazz is one such story. Mazzmatazz was known for being a big fan of Dr. Who. The BBC went after her with all there might after dolls/toys, that were made fro her patterns that she offered for free on her website, were being auctioned off on eBay. She has since published a supplement for the Guardian (a UK magazine), her patterns are listed under related articles. So anyways Mazzmatazz ended up having to remove all of her Dr. Who patterns.
There are many other designers that are selling their patterns but they haven't been "caught" or "reported on". Mazzmatazz's designs were discovered due to dolls be auctioned off on eBay, which is very public. Etsy has a copyright infringement policy however it hasn't bee enforced judging the following blogs:
So there have been issues...big time.