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11  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / Re: Creating my own logo...need help! on: June 03, 2011 11:58:25 PM
There are tons of logo makers for free online. If you can scan it, and upload it I can probably help you with it.
12  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / Copyright laws here to protect you. on: May 31, 2011 04:08:25 PM
 Weve all seen a great pattern/tutorial on project that we decide we are going to tackle, only to find out that it has been removed because someone abused the creators rules. Its disappointing, and ruins the great joy of a new crafting challenge for all others. I decided to try to clear up the many shades of gray on copyrighting laws.

A little copyright knowledge.
 As of January 1,1978 all original works are protected by the US Constitution. The Copyright Act is a federal law, not a state law. Since the US has signed several international copyright agreements, copyright protection is essentially effective all over the world.

So what does this mean for you?
 If you created it you have the exclusive right to your work. No one else can use your photos, patterns, or any works that you created without your permission. Any use of that work without permission is a violation of the US Copyright Act.

You name it, its protected.
All original works are protected. Including photography, music, lyrics, literary works, letters, and the list goes on. Even things like doodles are protected. So lets say you paint a picture and it ends up in a gallery. No one can paint your picture without violating copyright laws because its just that, a copy.

So when does the work become copyrighted?
  A copyright originates the moment a piece of work is created. So for a photo the copyright is created at the moment the image is developed. So if you take a photo with a digital camera, the copyright originates at the time the image is saved onto your computer. The moment you finished a sculpture, painting, pattern, or tutorial it is copyrighted.

Should you register my works for copyright?
  It depends. It might be a good idea if you wright a play, record a song, or lyrics. If might become expensive, and time consuming for a professional photographer to copyright all their photos. So chances are if its just a photo of creation you have on Etsy its probably not worth it.

What to do if someone infringes your work.
 Its not necessary to have tons of proof that someone copied your work. All you need to prove an infringement is simply proving that the infringer had access to your work, and that the work in substantially similar to the original.
So if someone infringes on one of your beautiful creations, or photo of an item in your craft shop, send the infringer a love note letting them know they are in violation and you will take action if they do not immediately stop the infringement. Than contact the internet service provider (ISP), and let them know. They should remove it within 10 to 14 days, and will possibly ban the member. By requesting the ISP to remove the infringed item they get immunity from the copyright infringement.

I really hope this clears things up. My source is from a friend who is a Patent Lawyer who approved of this article I wrote.
13  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Selling Crafts on Etsy.com / Re: Etsy shop is stealing from me & maybe you too!!! on: May 25, 2011 11:55:46 PM
I'm so sorry to hear that someone is doing that to you. That seriously sux after all the work you put into your photos to have someone rip you off. I don't exactly remember the rules about links, but I think this one would be ok considering it's on in competition with Crafster and it's completely free. I reviewed several of watermark sites, and this one was the easiest to use. You might have to mess with it a bit to get it exactly how you want. Hope this helps!

14  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Baby Showers And Gifts For New Babies / Re: Need help putting together a hospital basket for a new mom!!! on: November 27, 2010 08:50:00 PM
To be completely honest I would probably skip a hospital basket. Unless she's having a C-Section, or something is wrong she will probably only be there for 48 hrs. Not only that, but the hospital supplies the stuff she needs except for a going home clothes for Mommy & baby. I know for me personally when baby is there I'm focused on last min paperwork, the baby. Having to lug more stuff out than my bag, and baby is a pain.

If she hasn't had her baby shower you could put together some boutique style burp clothes, a changing pad, nursing cover, a sling, and tons of other great ideas you can tuts on here for.
If she's done the shower already I would make her some meals that she can freeze, offer to come over and clean, or offer to come over and keep an eye on baby so she can catch up on some sleep. Those are the things that I was truly grateful for.

15  UNITED STATES / Arizona / Free Yarn on: October 12, 2010 10:47:13 PM
I have 2, 18 gallon bins full of yarn. it's mixed and matched, but they are full skeins.  All you have to do is come pick it up. I'm out in Fountain Hills, AZ. Let met know.

16  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Discussion and Questions / Re: Am I crazy to even attempt reupholstering this? on: July 12, 2010 11:24:07 PM
 Maybe you could make a slipcover instead and see how it goes. Then worse comes to worse you don't ruin your sofa, an hubby stays happy.
If your really brave I say go for it. Good Luck!


17  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Re: Ribbed Beanies on: May 14, 2010 11:35:13 PM
I love them both. I think I'm gonna have to find a pattern and make one for me and the bf! Super cute!
18  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Re: Galena on: May 14, 2010 11:31:30 PM
I'm kinda jealous! I think I might have to make my own. It really is beautiful on you, and such a great color!
19  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Re: Amigurumi Cacti on: May 14, 2010 11:20:55 PM
OMG  Shocked I have to make these for my bf. We live in AZ and he's always messing with cactus and getting pricked and stuck. I love these little guys!
20  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Baby Showers And Gifts For New Babies / Re: How I turned flat fold bird's eye diapers into nice absorbant burp rags!! on: December 05, 2009 07:39:18 PM
Awesome! Thanks I'm gonna try some of these out.
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