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1  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / Re: Copyright Info / Using Other Peoples' Images / Etc on: February 13, 2005 05:10:56 PM
I've read this thing inside and out and I have a few questions. [read it all first and it'll make sense]

1. I found some band photos on the net.They're from fansites, with no copyright details. It's impossible to know who these photos were taken by, and as a result, impossible for me to contact the photographer to ask for permission to use them. There are a few images that are copyrighted with watermarks, that i would obviously not use/ask for permission to use.
2. I'm adding some of my own text to the images.
3. I want to make badges from these images and I want to sell them on eBay.

I want to know whether this is allowed or not. I have my own images as well, but i was just wondering whether i could be sued or not [i'm in australia, and i know australian and US law differs, and these images are US in origin, but i know copyright is pretty much universal].

I'm not out to rip off artists. I'm a designer myself and I know i'd be irritated if someone used something that was clearly stated as copyrighted, ask permisson, etc.

I'm just asking as I wasn't sure, most people were talking about making collages and stuff [ie stuff that was still in the original intended format].


I just wanted to know what the likely
2  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Re: Playing in my Journal on: February 02, 2005 04:00:07 AM
wow, i LOVE the style you have going on there...congrats on a great job!
3  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Screen Printing: Completed Projects / Re: New tshirts, including 1st ever silk screen! (woohoo!) on: December 21, 2004 07:08:28 AM
Those shirts kick ass. I love the second and third ones especially.

good job!
4  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / Re: quick questions... on: November 08, 2004 02:11:40 AM
yeah, you can get cheap scanners on ebay that are still really good.

Just make sure to get one with a large number of dpi...then you'll get better quality pics.
5  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / Re: Knockers - For Bells! on: November 08, 2004 02:09:29 AM
fishing sinkers would still be okay, if you dont like the look of them, you can probably paint them up nicely.
6  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Get Product and Website Opinions / Re: Handspun yarn on ebay on: November 06, 2004 08:30:53 PM
oh wow, i love your yarns!! handspun yarns are so funky looking.
I completely agree with soandso... its a pain to try to look at every item on ebay, so i also tend to just skip the items with no gallery [although i tend to just use gallery on the items i think are more eyecatching]. so even if you just use gallery on the items you think are the most stand-out-ish, that will draw people in and they will be encouraged to browse through your other items.

Good luck!
7  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / Re: Reasonable costs for bookkeepers on: November 03, 2004 07:12:51 PM
hehe, funny you should say that, i'm a left hander so i guess that makes me a right-brainer. lol. but i'm pretty crappy at maths
8  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / Re: Reasonable costs for bookkeepers on: November 02, 2004 06:18:56 PM
I did a search and about.com has some helpful links to DIY bookkeeping and accounting.


I also did business studies at high school these past two years, and i can tell you that it's easy to do some simple bookkeeping.
1. get yourself a money management/ledger book that has 3 columns for money.
2. mark the first column as 'in', second as 'out', and third as 'balance'.
3. every time you have a transaction, or after each day, mark how much money came 'in' and how much went 'out'. Then you figure out the running balance and it lets you know whether or not you are making a profit. Make sure you date the transactions so that you know how quickly your business turns over it's stock, and whether or not some items are getting a bit stagnant [you would probably have a good idea of this anyway, but its good for future reference incase you forget].

This is very basic accounting, and you might have known it already... I know you are probably getting a lot of business, so this option probably isn't very efficient. The other thing to do would be to save all your reciepts, and sit down at the end of the week and write these in the book.
9  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / Re: Selling crafts on e-bay... on: November 02, 2004 06:08:35 PM
hey, thanks for the feedback.

Hello there, laurajean!

I'll take your advice, katiekat and change my titles. I kinda suck at trying to think of good names for stuff...but i'll pinch the little title you made up and see what else i can think up.
Oh yeah, I do ship international! I'll have to go alter the little bizzo.

10  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / Re: Selling crafts on e-bay... on: November 02, 2004 06:31:44 AM
I've just started listing on ebay [tonight actually!]
I am worried about whether my starting prices are too high, after all, i don't want to rip myself off.

I have the same descriptions i use on my site, except on my site i now just have an auction link.

can someone see if i have overpriced my items? bear in mind that these are australian prices.

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