Friday, March 30, 2012

copyrighting quilting

Leah Day at The Free Motion Quilting Project did a wonderful post about copyrighting quilting.

Its a long post- but a great one.

Copyright issues seem to be cropping up with increasing frequency in the quilting world and I for one would like to try to stem this flow, or at least open your eyes, to the very real threat looming for our craft.

What is this threat?  Where is it coming from?

It is coming from within our own ranks. Quilters with a certain penchant for copyright and legal wrangling are turning our open, creative craft into a mine field of rules, regulations, licensing, attribution, and copyright lockdown that it's enough to make anyone set down their rotary cutter and sell their sewing machine.

And these particular Copyright Nazis (I really can't think of a better name for them) are not just vocal, they are flexing their arm powerfully enough to include copyright notices within quilt shows.

read more here:


Alexis said...

I don't know about quilting but I was shocked to hear that the same thing is going on in the world of Japanese drumming (my good friend is into this). People come up with these rhythms and then copyright everything so nobody else can use it. Which feels like they're missing the whole point which is to a) keep Japanese heritage alive and vibrant and b) make great music. Why all the copyrighting?

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