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November 30, 2012

Pinterest

With the popularity of Pinterest on the rise, I wanted to share something with you.  The items that are pinned to boards are sometimes protected by copyright.  It has become a huge problem for designers in our industry that find themselves again on the front line battling to retain their copyrights and their jobs.

Personally I do not mind if you share Little House finishes and pattern covers.  Shops do it, bloggers do it, and I do it.

This first pin is perfectly ok with me.



The second photo shows what is NOT ok.  It is a clear violation of the copyright.  Before you pin a chart, look at it carefully to see if it says it is a free chart and can be distributed or if it has a copyright and maybe even a warning.  

The industry thanks you and I thank you for continuing to educate yourself and others in this matter.  And a HUGE thank-you to those who take their time to report the illegal pins to designers.

Happy Stitching,
Diane


23 comments:

  1. I don't understand how anyone can put up a chart and still have a clear conscious. Its unbelievable! I have seen some people post other charts and have written in the comments that what they are doing is ILLEGAL!!!! Good luck!

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  2. I agree. I love seeing all the designs and my fingers go right to my favorite web sites to order. Sharing the directions and guide on Pinterest is just WRONG !!

    Happy Holidays

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  3. I just don't get it. I am beginning to wonder if people just don't care about being honest anymore.

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  4. I use pinerest a lot.I link back to the blog,website etc. of all that I pin and would never knowingly violate copy-write.I really appreciate the work that goes into producing a piece of work and want to be able see new designs in the future not put you all out of business

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  5. I see that last days there were a lot of pattern on line by the russian gallery........ and a lot of french designer too....

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  6. What can we do to help you? I saw many patterns on Pinterest :(

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    1. When you find an infringement, send the link to the designer and they will report it to Pinterest. Thank you!

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    2. ok thank you because I didn't find any link of this kind on Pinterest.

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    3. Thank You Diane for posting this. This is so important. Some people just don't think or realize that they are messing with designer's livelyhoods here. I will be sharing your message...have a wonderful week!I'm a big fan of your work! :)

      Deb
      The Stitching Bear

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  7. The Internet is good for many things, but for those who depend on having good ideas to work and suddenly they are copied is not very good.
    I saw that you have a Golden Retriever. I also have one, are sweet sweet.
    Kiss

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  8. I quite agree, even if a design is a freebie then it's still rude to post the chart. Link to the original page and let people discover the designer and have a chance to purchase some of their other pieces.
    I think sending more customers to them is a great Thank You to the people that give their designs for free.

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    1. Well said Jo: the freebies introduce us to the designers. I have often (well, always) bought charts after finding freebies I like. We should support our crafty community.

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  9. I have noticed this too and have left comments that these are copyrighted material. Will Pinterest not remove these pins? Still sad what people will do.

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  10. Agree., wholeheartedly.

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  11. No way was that done in ignorance; we all know you cannot post charts online.

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  12. I am sorry this has happened to you, I read many story's about copyright and how respect is needed for our work. I agree with all that you say, and that second picture is so wrong.
    I must say I am still wary of Pinterest, but if its used right it seems a good site, they do need to keep on top of things and watch how people use it.
    Julie.C

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  13. If you enlarge the picture in question, on the right side of the picture you will see a place to report the violation to Pinterest. If you write in the reason as copyright violation, they will check on it.

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  14. Anonymous6:58 PM

    http://pinterest-out.blogspot.com

    A blog for copyright holders upset with Pinterest.

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  15. I adore those cross stitch pictures of yours. They remind of my training in trades and arts school.

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  17. I rarely frequent Pinterest so I had no idea that this practice was happening there. If I should spot this I will definitely report it!

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  18. I started to see so much of this I deleted all of my boards- i just like things on pinterest instead- i would rather do that than make a post without being certain its acceptable... So sorry you are having trouble with this

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Thank you so much for taking time from your day to drop me a line or two!

Diane