I want to discuss copyright.
On some blogs I see the copyright sign – how does this protect your work – be it words, photos and images or your craftwork?
I would like to open this discussion up as I think we all need to know about this subject.
From my research (Googling Copyright, enforcing copyright, copyright and craft) I don’t think I (Gigibird) can do much if I discover Miss Bitchface copying my felt corsages or anything else I make.
This is a photo of my door cushion. I haven’t found anything like it on Flickr or Etsy or in any craft books (not that I have everyone ever published ) but in another 6 months how many will I find?
Of course a device to stop a door catching in the wind has been around probably as long as doors have – indeed I can remember (very vaguely) seeing one somewhere, some when and my neighbour even thinks there is a name for them but try as I might I haven’t found one.
Apparently you can’t copyright recipes. And I find that very interesting. And it makes sense. I think we need to be sensible about what we make craft-wise.
A door stop, a tote bag is honestly the material equivalent of a sponge or a scone.
If we got the idea to make say a pincushion from a Japanese craft book then we shouldn’t get our knickers in a twist if, shock horror someone else produces a very similar facsimile of our own.
Of course there are people who see someone’s work and copy it almost stitch for stitch…and that is wrong but what can any of us do about it?