Tag Archives: creativity

Just because you wish it…

13 Jan

and just because you believe “it’s just fair,” it doesn’t mean it’s legal.

Yesterday, Kell Smurthwaite of Kincavel Krosses commented on my latest post on copyright, explaining her position (which boils down to, “why should others make money off my hard work” and “if I give them a gift, they should do with it what I tell them to do and no more”), and asking how I would like it, were it my designs that others used to profit from¹.

I know there are many crafters and artists who feel exactly the same as Ms Smurthwaite does–that was the point of the post.

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I don’t think you can do that…

12 Jan

I am not (by any means!) an expert on the limitations of copyright, but I’ve read a bit on the topic (see here, for example).

I’m always a bit puzzled by people’s attempts to direct what others can do when offering free patterns or charts. For example, Kincavel Krosses offers a free chart for a cross stitch project, with the following “permissions“:

  • This design is copyright to Kell Smurthwaite and Kincavel Krosses
  • You may use, copy and/or share this design, and you may change it to your liking for your own use
  • You may not sell this design or use it to make up kits
  • You may sell the finished piece for charity, but you may not sell it commercially

I have no quarrel with the first three–not only do they make sense but fall well within what I understand of copyright law: you can offer a chart or pattern, or even images, for use without a fee, yet you retain copyright of said pattern/image.

The last one, though? Not so much.

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Coincidink?

5 Jan

I am a self-taught knitter.

Mind you, I come from a family of knitters. My mother outfitted five babies born too close together, by knitting most of our clothes. She was taught by my grandmother, who supplemented her income for years by knitting beautiful vests and shawls. And my grandmother learned from her mother, who learned from her mother, who learned from her mother…and so on and so forth.

But I happen to be left handed and stubborn, which translated in my refusal to knit right handed, and their despairing of ever figuring out how to teach me to knit at all (they didn’t care about knitting ‘right’ or backwards, they just wanted to share this amazing craft with me).

Fast forward a few decades. An aunt by marriage was visiting at my mother’s at the same time I was staying there. As luck would have it, the topic of knitting (and my inability to grasp it) came up. My aunt (who can’t craft to save her life; cooking is her thing) looked at the three of us and said, matter of fact, “You just have to mirror what they do.”

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Hiding your book addiction

12 Apr

(This visual post is in honor of the wunnerful orannia, she of the  equally wunnerful Walkabout blog)

So you have a book addiction and have run out of space in the normal book venues (aka, the visible bookcases) like this:

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