Me SHOUTING? Well that doesn’t work either!

I’ll get straight to the point and then move on and be done with this…..and sorry, in advance, for this text-heavy rant to all of my lovely readers.

Over recent weeks, I have found several breaches of copyright from my blog and the latest one has really upset me 😦

I made it very clear and politely wrote in my copyright paragraph, that yes, I am happy to share , otherwise what is the point of putting all of my own hard work up here on the internet. Β I requestedΒ people should ask me first if they want to copy content which includes pinning (some people think pinning isn’t copying). In other words if you don’t ask, you are breaching my copyright. Anyway, pinning is only the tip of the iceberg as far as the latest breach is concerned and whatever happened to “bookmarking” and “favourites” anyway?Β Several of my images have been “borrowed” in the night and then reproduced elsewhere. I’m talking 20 to 30 images at a time and this has now happened many times. These people mean business!

Maybe you’ll agree with me, maybe you won’t but that makes no difference to my copyright. I’ll outline what happened to me and you can decide for yourselves. I won’t name the culprit as the issue, from my point of view, is over (for now).

Anyway, I “found” one of my tutorials on another blog. All of the photos were mine, the design images drawn up with my software were mine. My photo tutorials are pretty self explanatory, I’m told, but being aware that some people prefer words for the fine detail, I always include them. My words had been changed (badly).

I thought about contacting the blog provider as their terms and conditions warn that blogs will be shut down if copyright is breached. I really thought hard about this, particularly as other content on the same blog is obviously copied from other sources. But you know what? I’m really not a nasty person and I felt that it would just make me even more upset about what had happened if I didn’t give the person the opportunity to change their ways. I’ve been through all the excuses in my head. They may not understand the rules, they may not have read my copyright, they may have meant no harm….even to the point that surely I should be flattered that someone thought my tutorial was so good that they wanted to copy it. But it was my hard work….that was the bottom line. Also, the terms and conditions of all of the blog providers, pinterest etc. make it clear to account holders that they are personally liable for breaches of copyright. If they don’t read or understand them, liability is vicarious.

Anyway, I emailed the blogger….no reply. I then left a comment on their blog politely requesting the removal of my work and they responded saying they were sorry I was offended and they had removed my photos and design. I wasn’t offended, just violated, but I accept that could have been lost in translation. You see, benefit of the doubt given again.

Yesterday, I changed my copyright again in an attempt to make it even more clear that copying is not allowed. Should I really have to spell it out?

Low and behold, Pinterest struck again overnight. Permission sought? No! Exasperation! JUST ASK FIRST! More form filling for me….like I said,Β Pinterest is just the tip of the iceberg.

I am now considering watermarking all of my design images and photos as I just can’t seem to get through to a very small number of bloggers. I know it would take me a lot longer to prepare my work and would spoil the look of the blog so the jury is still out. Maybe blogging is not for me after all 😦 It isn’t worth the upset.

Line drawn, enough said, move on…..until the next time.

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Happy Sunday everyone, this is the real me πŸ™‚

My lovely friend TejeΒ strikes again! This time she has inspired me to be a bit more organised. She discussed a great idea of her own with me which I’m sure she’ll be sharing soon and I came up with a version of it that I really needed. The result is two new pages on this blog for projects that I finished in 2011 and 2012. The page links are at the top of this page. They are a sort of gallery so I can see my progress since December 2011 when my crafting attempts really took off. All of the photos will link to the original posts if you want to click on them. This will be useful for me as I often try to find something I’ve made on the blog and can’t remember which month it was. These photos will take me straight to it. Let me know what you think it and whether it was worth the effort. Sorry about the copyright-ish statement at the top. I’m a bit sensitive at the moment!

Also, here is another update, probably the last on this project before it is finished because it unlikely to drape nicely on this chair after today πŸ˜‰ I’ve now got three stripes of each of the eight colours completed. There will be a total of eight repetitions when it is finished. I thought about varying the width of the stripes and I’ll need to make a final decision very soon. I hope you like it!

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And finally, my fabric giveaway will be drawn tomorrow. It is easy to enter here. Good luck everyone πŸ™‚

Time to crochet!

Avis x

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  1. Truly beautiful ripple πŸ˜€
    And you know you are allowed to rant whenever you like πŸ˜‰ Sending cyberhugs your way.

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  2. Beautiful cover.

    I would go for the watermark on anything important. It seems silly since it is so easy to add comment and a link (at a minimum).

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  3. Dear Avis, it was Your great idea to make those pages which are really good! I agree with you – You need to shout! I have to apologize because I think I pinned your blue quilt without asking – I’m so sorry! I feel/felt that with pinning at least there is always well seen link to the blog or flickr. In my blog I don’t like to borrow any photos because even telling from where they are, many people don’t read the text. They see only photos and then think everything is made by that blogger.
    Your ripple blanket is coming so wonderful! It would make a beautiful cover for the chair, too!
    We had yesterday barbecue outside with short sleeves and still today it’s warm but terrible strong wind. Have a lovely Sunday afternoon! x Teje
    Ps. Thank you for linking to my blog!

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    • Naughty, naughty Teje πŸ˜‰ I forgive you, wasn’t that easy πŸ˜€
      As for my tutorial, all they had to do was write “I’ve found a tutorial here” and then a link. Rewriting it using my photos really made my blood boil!
      Barbecue outside??? It is freeeeezing here. But we have glorious sunshine and soon it will be dark. I hope you had a lovely time πŸ˜€ I’m off to eat pizza now mmmm Avis x

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      • Pizza is my most favourite food! Why they even bother to use their time for copying when it’s best for everyone to do as you said: tell about the tutorial you have found and give give the link. x Teje

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  4. Dave’s little ‘tool’ works wonders. Maybe you should knit one, too. Stuff firmly. πŸ˜‰ – I like the idea of gallery pages and thought about creating some for my patchwork blog, but first I need some new pieces to put there – maybe an option for next year. If you don’t mind me borrowing this idea. πŸ™‚ Currently I’m thinking of a text widget for the first ones.

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    • Ha-ha, a baseball bat! Yes, I might have to think about that one. Dave has all of the best ideas πŸ™‚ I would love to see a gallery on your blog as I my reader still misses your posts occasionally. Go for it πŸ™‚

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  5. Having been through something like what you’ve described, I can totally sympathize with how you’re feeling! I was able to get the web host to delete the copied posts but it was a very upsetting experience. I’ve been watermarking my photos for a couple of years — there are programs that add a small watermark that can’t be removed and don’t really spoil the picture.

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    • Thank you so much for your support Cathi. I hope you have managed to deter any further incidents. I think I’ve told you before that your blog, was one of the reasons I started mine just under a year ago. Your work is so beautiful and delicate. One of the questions I have about watermarking is whether it can just be “cropped” from the image. I’ve noticed some people have put text across the centre of their photos, maybe to avoid cropping, I’m not sure.

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  6. I can’t believe the copying and then trying to pass it off as their own on their own blog. I can sort of understand people pinning without thinking that they’re infringing, but the copying of patterns and trying to get away with that is really cheeky!

    Anyway, love the ripple blanket – so much more patience than I have (particularly with the unravelling of it initially) ~ it’s looking beautiful and I lurrrrrrve the colours you’ve chosen.

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    • Yes, it was a bit jaw-dropping for me ;-( and I’m over the moon that I’m not the only one who would be upset by this kind of activity.
      I’m so glad that I pulled out the first few rows of the ripples. I’m very happy with it now. I told DH yesterday that I was thinking about how I could re-decorate our bedroom to match. He was horrified πŸ˜† I was planning to do it in a subtle way (honestly) but he wasn’t having any of that!

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  7. The ripple afghan is gorgeous and I really like the idea of varying the width of the stripes….very original! The “watermark” would be my choice, also, in spite of the added item to each photo…..it really doesn’t detract (at least, I have never found it so). I am not in to Pinterest—–too much of a “black hole” and I find that even reading all my interesting blogs causes some weird type of time-evaporation!!!! LOL! I am so sorry this has been occurring…..so not needed! If I find a post I really fall in love with, I am so lazy I just “reblog” it!!! Simple and all the ‘credits’ are there!!! Blessings and hugs, Dear Bloggy Friend Avis, Doreen

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    • Thanks Doreen πŸ™‚ I consider reading all the wonderful blogs as a hobby in itself, far better than any magazine. I tend to “bookmark” favourites and then I can return to them whenever I wish. The best thing is, I forget what I’ve bookmarked, so if I’m up to date with reading my favourite blogs, I return to my bookmarks. It is amazing what treasures I rediscover there πŸ˜€ Hugs to you to! and thank you as usual πŸ™‚ Avis x

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  8. I’m so sorry this happened, and I now hope it won’t be repeated. I’m glad you are expressing it by posting, so others can know of such. Water Mark would be a great step to take. I look forward to sharing. You do such Great Work. Thank you for sharing this issue. Best, Mtetar

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    • Well, I know that copying happens on Etsy and Ebay too. People buy an electronic copy of a pattern and then sell copies elsewhere. I’ve even seen negative feedback left for sellers because they have watermarked their own pattern to try to stop others copying. Sometimes I wonder…. Sadly, there is a lot of it about. I really appreciate your positivity Mtetar. Thank you πŸ™‚

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  9. lisasff

     /  December 3, 2012

    Oh, man. I’m sorry. That really sucks. If I use someone’s idea, pattern, I try to link to it. I never borrow anyone else’s project pictures. Rude. I don’t know what I’d do if someone stole from me… but then again, I don’t think I have a site that anyone would steal from. And I have no idea how to even find out if they did.

    LOVE how that ripple is coming! It’s really beautiful.

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    • I did wonder whether I should just let it go and wasn’t entirely sure that people on here would be supportive, at least out loud anyway. Well, I’m pleased I got it off my chest. A problem shared is a problem halved so they say πŸ˜‰ The more people who stand up to this sort of thing, the more chance we have of winning. With regard to your lovely blog and the delightful little Teagan, there is plenty in there that some people would copy. Keep up the great work. I wish blogs were around when my daughter was growing up. They make fabulous diaries πŸ™‚ Avis x

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  10. witchylin

     /  December 3, 2012

    You can rant as often as you like Avis. Everything you posted needed to be said. Some people are just so mean. Why do they take someones work and try to pass it off on a blog as their own? So much easier to link to it. I would certainly be angry and upset if I ever had a blog and someone did that to me.

    On to lighter things, the ripple crotchet is looking wonderful. It is so attractive with those colours. I did manage to do a practice piece with help from you. Hope to make a whole blanket in the not too distant future.

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    • Oh thank you Witchylin. Well, you know how angry I was πŸ™‚ I’m so pleased you managed the practice ripple. I had to do mine three times but once you know where to put the hook, it works perfectly πŸ™‚ Looking forward to seeing the results! Avis x

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  11. Avis, you are absolutely right with everything you wrote about mean people not respecting copyright. I think the easiest way to protect your photos is to watermark them.

    The colors you selected for the crochet throw are just fabulous!! Love them.

    Congratulations also on your 100th post!!!!!!!!!

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    • Thank you Barbora. Yes, I’ll be watermarking from now on. I enjoy writing and sharing tutorials so I was shocked to see what had happened. It just means a bit of extra work for me but I’ll be happier that way. Avis πŸ™‚

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  12. I know that you are generous spirited, that is evident from your comments on my own but also everyone else’s blog. If this has upset you, you should rant about it. You are right, it’s not fair and people should ask first. I’ve downloaded a water marking app for my pics for much the same reason (although I don’t think mine get ‘borrowed’ quite like yours have).

    Don’t stop blogging, please. We love you.

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    • Aw! Thanks Tiny, much appreciated πŸ™‚ Well, the “borrowing” has continued since last week so I’ll be watermarking from now on. It took hours and hours to write those tutorials for the traditional quilt and they seem to be the favourite “swag” in the bag for those who tiptoe through the night. I thought about taking them down but I know some people just want to use them for themselves so I see it as a lesson learned on my part. I’ve been touched by the support from everyone here. Nice little friendly bunch we are πŸ˜€ Avis x

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  13. I know the feeling, Thanks for visiting

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  14. Avis, I agree with other comments given, that putting a watermark on your photos and tutorials is a good first step. It won’t necessarily stop the “borrowing” but it will let those who see the images know where they originated from. It’s entirely possible the photo software you use has an automated “batch” process to allow the watermark to be easily applied to your images, once it’s setup. So, yes, it’s a bit of work in the beginning, but will put your mind at ease.

    Thanks for sharing your thoughts…and the afghan!

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    • Hi Connie, I am quite happy to live with the images being all over the internet as this is simply unstoppable. However, to “borrow” and then pass things off as your own is just mean. I’ve just published a post and watermarked the photos. It was quick and easy to do just like you said and I don’t think it detracts too much. I thought people might think I was being selfish and not wanting to share so I was in two minds about publishing my whinge. However, the support was really nice and it appears many of us feel the same way. The borrowers, incidently, have remained silent.
      By the way, the afghan is now twice as wide as in the photo πŸ™‚
      Avis x

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