Rainy and blustery –chilly and bleak. This is the view on Buck Mountain as I pack the remnants from our retreat week into the back of Shamu and head down the mountain toward home.
It’s been a wonderful respite up here, and I know it will be waiting for me again the next time I need it, the next time there is a break in my schedule.
It might not be perfect for everyone, not the most expensive, not the best floor plan or even easy to manage stairwells. As cabins go, it’s not the smallest, not the most grand either. But this place with its tiny kitchen, slightly sagging front porch, basement with bead board paneling walls that aren’t so attractive is my soul.
I find so much joy and peace up here that it is truly hard to leave. I am so grateful that “home” is only 1.5 hours down the road. And that I can come back here—as often as possible.
Sewing Nook back together!
One lone machine remains on the table in the sewing nook. The design wall is “almost” bare. The cutting table is cleaned off, ready and waiting for my next visit.
I’ve had a lot on my mind over the past few days, and there is something I want to talk about.
This isn’t your ordinary rant about copyright issues. It is a real discussion of etiquette and respect.
This past week I was made aware of videos on YouTube where folks had taken my designs – either our Grand Illusion Mystery, or my Wild & Goosey block from my Addicted to Scraps column with Quiltmaker and made their own how-to videos, posting them publicly. For the entire world. Without asking my permission, or even considering how they may be over stepping their bounds by doing so.
Yes, they did mention me as the designer. But no one asked me for permission, or even considered how I would feel about it.
Just because something appears in a magazine or is given for “free” on someone’s website, as in our yearly mystery, doesn’t give anyone the right to take my pattern and make a how-to video and post it live.
As for the Wild & Goosey issue – this is a block that I am taping an on-line class with this summer. The videos people posted without permission can have a direct impact on that class, and on MY livelihood as a designer.
I would NEVER EVER EVER take someone else’s design and make my own video on how to do it and post it to the masses. I don’t care if I mention them or their book or pattern or magazine issue in the video. It is not my content to deal with. Not without permission.
But because it is NOT mine I wouldn’t even THINK of asking permission so that I could do it. I just would NOT DO IT. PERIOD. It’s not mine to do that with.
My advice to the videographers? Make videos of your OWN designs.
Now, you can take my patterns and teach a class at your local quilt shop or guild, and each student can have the book or pattern or magazine in class and that is fine. But you can’t publish digital media on another person’s pattern. That's PUBLISHING! That is different than just teaching. You are pulling the rug right out from under that designer if you do so. You are not helping to “increase her brand”. You are tying her hands as to what she can do with her own block or quilt pattern in the future.
I also want to talk about pdf copies.
If a designer or magazine puts a printable pdf copy of something out on their website, that is for your personal use. Because they have it there for free doesn’t mean that you can save the file to your computer and then go and host it as a file on your own website or blog. You don’t have ownership of that file. It is copyrighted. It is fine to LINK to the file on the magazine’s website –but you can not host it yourself with your own URL. Copyright issues, folks.
No, it is not okay for you to host the pdf copy from Quiltmaker for Wild & Goosey. You can link to it. No, it is not okay for you to host the pdf copies of our mystery on your own site either. You can link to the copies on MY site.
Basically it boils down to being kind, courteous and respectful of what has been given to you by the designers through our books, websites and magazine issues.
I know this is long, but it’s been a heavy weight on me this week and I just needed to get it out there.
Thank you for listening.