Last week when I received an email from the company Craftsy touting new classes and whatnot for their company (they are a craft company where you pay money for online classes and patterns)I was shocked. The email was accompanied with a Facebook post for the same thing…. a class in which knitters learn how to customize their own yoke sweaters… and lo and behold on the sweater shown are a ring of what are very clearly squirrels made from my chart I created and posted years ago. The shock is due to the fact that a pattern for the sweater is included in the price of the class, the pattern which includes my squirrels, and the company is charging $40 a person for the class.
Now, not only do I see it on Facebook, and my email… but also on Ravelry too where the author of the pattern most likely took the squirrel chart from. I contacted the Craftsy company and was basically told ‘Well, she promised us that it was all her original content… sorry’.
So, for any crafting bloggers out there, Craftsy will allow someone else to steal your blog content, post it to their site under their name, and get money for it- even though it is your intellectual property.
What also burns my buttons about this situation is that the author works for Vogue Knitting. VOGUE FREAKING KNITTING!!!! Vogue Knitting which also sent me an email today telling me about how awesome the class and the pattern are, written by their very own writer. I have contacted them as well and have not as yet received a reply. If I have to guess it will run along the same lines as the Craftsy response which means that Vogue Knitting too will allow and reimburse theft of your blog content.
This is frustrating for me. I’m not asking for money – because really, it’s too late for that now with the pattern being offered for free since 2005 when I was over on Blogger. However, I would like proper credit for what was my work. I am the one who crouched over graph paper to divine the shape. I am the one who test knit it and then made the proper changes.
I am not denying that it is a lovely sweater. I am infuriated that both Craftsy and a writer from Vogue Knitting are unable to create their own content and instead steal it from other sources- then release it as their content for money.
Please do not expect any more free patterns to be posted on this blog, as no more will be. If you are interested in any further patterns from me, please check Ravelry, and sadly (unless it’s a Terry Pratchett pattern) you will have to pay for it.