Wednesday, April 09, 2008

you never know how people find you

I received an enlightening email from Stephen Seifert of ZDP Media Group, Inc. Turns out he and his wife, Liz Schwartz were the designers of the first jigsaw puzzle pattern. I have gone back in my archives and edited the previous information I gave. [March 2006 and April2007]The pattern I bought and used and gave the name of and details of are a violation of copyright of this original pattern. Geez! I emailed him back and assured him I was happy to do the editing and I am going one step further to give you the link to their pattern- I think it rocks! And, I am putting it on my birthday wish list too. It's a much better design and I wish I had found it first :-)
So, my point is I don't know how he found me, but, I am happy to set the record straight so to speak-as I emailed back to him, how was I to know buying a commercial pattern could be an in violation pattern? I totally agree with him it is very discouraging to be a quilt designer and have folks copy you and make money from your idea.
I am in the home stretch of finishing the tax work I have been slaving over. I hate it when the software won't work with you to get the information on the right line and flow properly. I finally use the over-ride option. I know the right answer, I just can't figure out how to get the software to do the work. I am going to contact Turbo Tax and get some better information for this situation I am wrestling with, as it will be the same next year.

And finally, once I get the last bit (tax form) to my satisfaction- I can pull fabric and draw my design for Saturday's FAB play day. I have a string top to sandwich and 13 charity quilts turned in to take photos of and pack for shipping to headquarters.

I also have pulled my inspiration fabric for my kindness's what I really want to be working on, so maybe I can make some time tonight to get that going too.



At 4:53 AM, Blogger The Calico Cat said...

I knew I saw too many variations of that pattern... I even saw on with curved bits - like a real zigsaw puzzle. (I even had one that you could download free off the internet. It might still be in my pile of "I might do this some day" stuff.)

At 5:06 AM, Blogger Darcie said...

I do hope that the designers went after the real offenders and not just you, Cher. Wow...even when we're thinking we're so very careful and legal and supporting the arts!

Hope you can fit in lots of quilting time. No taxes! ;-)

At 7:00 AM, Blogger jacquie said...

Isn't that something! Now you've done the right thing twice! I'm still struggling with my taxes. Really cut into my sewing time. Can't wait to be DONE!

At 10:40 AM, Blogger Patti said...

Hopefully tonight you will be at guild! :-) Showing the ribbon winning quilts is the program so that way you can see at least part of the quilt show.

At 1:37 PM, Blogger Finn said...

My goodness, maybe he is making the rounds of quilting blogs looking for something to 'fuss' about.
Lord only knows plenty of 'lifting' goes on, but I remember that post, and you gave full credit to the pattern you purchased. If the quilt you make from a purchased pattern isn't yours to show, what the heck is??? Maybe I'm comfused....LOL
It's not like you're promoting something anymore than if the quilt hung in a quilt show? Does he object to THAT also??? Hugs, a very confused Finn

At 7:23 AM, Blogger Linda C said...

Boy, the typical copyright snafu sounds like. Good that you changed the links but how are you to know who originated it or who copied it, for pete's sake?

I hope that tax stuff is all behind you now in spite of Turbo Tax not helping a bit not letting you enter numbers.

See you tomorrow for FABS day.

At 10:50 AM, Blogger Michele Bilyeu said...

I wrote two posts last October about copyrights and quilting and as I recall the main points were:
1.According to the US Copyright office:
"Copyright does not protect ideas, concepts, systems, or methods of doing something. You may express your ideas in writing or drawings and claim copyright in your description, but be aware that copyright will not protect the idea itself as revealed in your written or artistic work."

2. No cases involving quilts or quilt patterns have ever been recorded as prosecuted under protection of the Copyright Act. (only embroidery works and fabric designs to that date)

Why not? It's too complicated and most cases did not fall under the protection of the copyright act. A true violation would copy the text as well as the design and it would have to be exact or almost exact, not a variation. After all, there are only so many 'notes in the musical scale' so to speak.


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