My Favorite Birthday Present EVER!- by Bev Hilton

A Perfect Miter Every Time Present
Using the Quarter-Inch Marking Point
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Sharing, or "Do unto Others" - by Bev Hilton

Bev's Semi-Annual Sewing Studio Revamp - by Bev Hilton

Creativity, Comfort Zones and Order
- by Bev Hilton

Using a Center-finding Ruler
- by Rick Hilton


Attic Antics
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Using the FussyCut
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"Do unto others"


by Bev Hilton

"Do unto others"

From the day we’re old enough to take a toy away from a sibling, our mothers drilled into our heads that sharing is good. From kindergarten on, our teachers reinforced sharing as positive behavior. It’s pretty generally accepted that sharing is a good thing.

But not always.

With the advent of digital media and especially the internet, sharing has taken on a whole new meaning. In its new guise, sharing may not be a good thing. Sharing, in this context, may mean theft. We see it around us in the sewing community, and no matter how it’s phrased or disguised, it’s still theft.

Any time a person makes any kind of copy, or shares the original work of another – embroidery design, written instructions, pattern – without that person’s permission, it is theft. Sending a copy of an embroidery design, making and distributing copies of an article from a book or magazine, or sharing a pattern – all of these fall into the category of intellectual property theft or copyright infringement. This can and has resulted in serious law suits and heavy penalties. The price (and embarrassment) of violating a copyright is just not worth the minor cost of honoring it.

In such thefts, the creator of the intellectual property has been deprived of income from the sale of the item, or of some other benefit. If we keep taking money out of the pockets of those creative souls whose efforts feed our passion, if we keep taking away the incentive to create, they will simply quit creating for us. Think of it as enlightened self-interest, if that makes it easier to part with a buck to buy rather than share.

When a group gets together and decides to make the same project, each person in the group gets her / his own copy of the directions. Buying one copy and all members of the group sharing that one copy is just plain unfair to the person whose time, sweat and creativity went into creating it. If you're not sure, just ask yourself, "How would I feel if I were the creator?" Or, "What would my mother say if she saw me doing this?" The answer is usually pretty quickly evident.

I attended a meeting once where a really neat project was presented during show-and-tell, and the person proceeded to pass out copies of the pattern and instructions which had been published in a current magazine. THAT WAS THEFT. Showing the project and then directing the members to the magazine where the instructions were to be found would have been fine. But making and distributing copies from the magazine was NOT OK.

Another variation is freebies from websites. Same rule applies. Make and show the project, then direct people to the website where the freebie is found. The objective is that each person goes to the website, sees all that’s offered, and gets her free pattern, instructions, design or whatever. She visited the website, the copyright holder derived that benefit.

There is some very shining good news, too. In many cases, all you have to do is contact the copyright holder and ask permission to use the material. I’ve done this many times, and I have NEVER been turned down. The copyright owners have always been gracious, generous, and very happy to have been asked their permission.

Get permission in writing – an e-mail response will suffice – and keep it with your original materials so that if there is ever a question you’ll have your documentation. Then you can present your program with a clear conscience, knowing you are not taking something that does not belong to you. You have the owner’s permission. And ALWAYS acknowledge the creator, author, or copyright holder(s) When all is said and done, it's just good karma.


Beverley Hilton
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