Jane's Hooked on Crochet

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Wednesday, October 11, 2006

Reminder - Stop Copyright Theft

I found this notice posted at a Yahoo group to which I used to belong.

"** In accordance with Title 17 USC Section 107, any copyrighted work on this site is distributed under fair use without profit or payment to those who have expressed a prior interest in receiving the included information for non-profit research and educational or criticism purposes only, and IS NOT an infringement of copyright. http://www.law.cornell.edu/uscode/17/107shtml ** "

While this is a legal disclosure about copyright, it does not mean what they seem to think that it means. The group is sharing copyrighted patterns, and say this is legal because they are not getting profit or payment, they are just sharing among group members, or friends. They feel this is a non-profit "educational" purpose. Sorry, they are infringing on the copyright of the pattern designers.

This is reminder to please not copy and share patterns. Share the link to the website where the pattern is posted,or share the name of the book or magazine that the pattern is in. Added bonus, if we buy more crochet books and magazines the publishers realize that these items are sellable,they will produce more. For that, they'll have to buy more patterns from designers. People like me, trying to earn a few extra dollars with their hobby, or trying to expand their hobby into a profit-making business will have more sources for their design work.


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