Thursday, May 3, 2012. I'm running just a bit behind because International Intellectual Rights Day was April 26, 2012. Yes, you're right, there's a special day for almost anything! I will have to find out when to celebrate International Blogger's Day! I had a recent experience of my own that got me thinking, AGAIN, about designers' rights. I taught a crochet class at a bead store and provided written instructions for an original design bracelet. I taught them how to crochet and how to crochet with wire and beads using this pattern. Each student went home with her copy of the pattern. A month or so after the class I got an email from one of the students proudly telling me that she had finished her class bracelet and was making more. She went on to say, that she would use the class model to promote and sell the others she was making! I gave it some thought and then answered her in a professional way. I told her that as a "friendly reminder" I had given her the design for her own use and it was not legal to receive income from making someone else's design. I didn't hear from her again and I don't know if she was embarrassed, mad or just made a mental note to never do that again! On April 27, 2012, Interweave Publications celebrated World Intellectual Property Day along with the U.S. Copyright Office, American Chamber of Commerce, World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), and others around the world to give credit to the talented writers, designers, artists, photographers, and innovators who work with us to share with readers and customers their products and ideas. To mark the occasion,they released a new eBook for artists and crafters, Know Your Rights: Copyright 101, to raise awareness for the issues surrounding copyright and the problems with copyright infringement that are currently impacting our industry.The 10-page eBook is available for free download in each of Interweave’s 10 online communities for artists and crafters. Here is the link to the downloadable crochet version: http://crochetme.com/media/p/135139.aspx Cut and paste it in your browser. Know Your Rights: Copyright 101 for Crocheters
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