I love to create and craft with plastic bags (plarn) and other recycled materials. I love to share my ideas and post my free patterns on My Recycled Bags.com. I take pleasure in writing my craft patterns and posting my picture tutorials for everyone to use freely. I love to assist anyone who asks for help with my pattern directions or needs advice while working on a craft project.
But I despise plagiarism. Plagiarism is defined as the act of stealing somebody’s work or idea: the process of copying another person’s idea or written work and claiming it as original.
I am just amazed that someone would cut and paste one of my recycled bag patterns from my blog and claim it’s theirs. Some people must not have a conscience. Not only did a person recently copy a free crochet pattern of mine, but they profited by claiming it was their pattern and posting it on a major craft site.
This isn’t the first time someone has taken my work and claimed it was theirs. And I am sure it will not be the last time. But let me be very clear here. I maybe a small town country girl but no one steals from me and takes credit for my work. I will not tolerate the theft of my patterns and copyright infringement of blog content.
I know how and have filed DMCA (Digital Millennium Copyright Act) notices against websites, hosting companies, and Google. I will not ignore the theft of my patterns or the illegal use of my content. I will have the compromised material of mine removed and I will pursue my legal rights up to and including litigation if necessary to stop the misuse of any of my intellectual property.
Okay with all that being said, if you are a splogger, scrapper, or thief of my property, you have been given notice. Do not copy my patterns onto other blog sites or post my patterns on Internet sites. I do not allow my patterns to be republished without expressed written permission. Posting of my patterns, without written permission is in violation of my copyrights and is content theft.
If you are a crafter using my patterns for personal use, that is just fine. If you are printing out my patterns for personal or charity use, this is fine too. I don’t mind people using my patterns to make things for sale, please just provide credit that the design or project was made from a pattern of my creation.
Now let’s all get back to having fun and creating things with recycled materials which I just love to do. Let’s put all this ugly stuff behind us and pull out the plarn and make something useful and wonderful.