Ok, I need to vent a little bit here. I’ve held my tongue as long as I can on this.
I’ve run across it so many times on this site, and on many others. I see, time and time again, when people post photos of jewelry they’ve made, and don’t give credit to the original designer. I know, because I am very familiar w/ the pieces, have made them myself, have the patterns, etc. I’m sometimes shocked to see that people actually boldly post jewelry they’ve made, thinking that no one else will recognize the stuff. C’mon, folks … it’s a small community. Many of us belong to many of the same sites on the web, on Facebook, etc. We all see what’s out there! Many of us follow the same bead artists on their youtube channels, etc. It’s not like you’re the only one who knows these artists exist and you’re the only one who has used their designs. But just give them a nod, the credit they deserve for their work!
I think it’s only fair and ethical to credit the designer, if you know who they are. Most patterns boldly state that you do so, when taking photographs of your creation, showing it on the ‘net, selling it, etc. They’re only asking for a little love, people. They work hard on these designs. It takes a LOT of work to come up w/ a design, put it into tutorial form (written, photographed, or video’d), photograph the steps, etc. … it’s very time-consuming!
I try to give credit to designers any time I can. Not tooting my own horn here. But the reason I do it is this: I’m a professional musician. I sing and record. I’ve had soooo many people “steal” my music, and think nothing of it! So, yah, I’m a little sensitive to it.There’s such a thing as “mechanical rights”, and we have copyright laws and piracy laws in this country. People seem to not care and they totally ignore them. I feel very strongly about giving others credit for their work, because I know how hard I work on my music, concerts, etc., and I don’t want people passing my work off as their own. It’s just not ethical, and lacks integrity, IMO.
So please, guys … when you re-create and then post someone else’s design, please give them credit. There’s NO SHAME in re-creating someone else’s pattern/work … that’s why they make the patterns for you! But they do ask for – and deserve! – credit for them.
Ok … I’ll quit my rant now. Thanks for listening. :-)
Terrie ... "Love...is a many-Swarovski'd thing!"