Anything Knitted and Crocheted

Welcome to my blog. I hope to blog about my knitting and crocheting as well as everyday life. The patterns that I post are original and as such there is copyright on them. When they are based on another pattern there is a link to the pattern.

My husband and I adopted a beautiful dog named Leo. He is a dachshund and absolutely adorable! we adopted him on June 23, 2010 and he has become the love of our lives.

I love to share patterns that I find along the way or to talk about some of the neatest designers that are out there today, so I love to post links to the designs or the designers.

So grab a cup a and sit and enjoy the blog.


Monday, February 14, 2011

Wow what a way to begin my afternoon...

Simply Knitting 49, January 2009
I received an email earlier today, along with 2 other moderators from the Alan Dart Group on Ravelry, from Alan Dart regarding a Ravelry user who produced a pdf of how she worked the design and then she published the pdf on her blog and on Ravelry. This was an infringement of copyright both Alan Dart's and Sony's. The pattern was Sackboy which was published in Simply Knitting and on the Sun website (a free pdf). Sackboy is from Little Big Planet which is produced by Sony for Playstaion and PSP. Sony and Alan Dart entered into a contract where Alan would design a pattern to design a pattern for this character.

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.
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