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1  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Re: Copyright Infringement, update on 1st post on: February 06, 2008 10:28:39 AM
I really dont want you could see only bad side. I am here to defend all good sides explaining to you and the others as much as possible.

I don't think anyone here is saying that we shouldn't like you or your board. People were just upset that their patterns were being published without their permission and without credit. Nobody said that y'all are bad people or that we shouldn't go to your board. In fact Eliea did say some great things about your message board.

I did browse your lovely forum and use a translator online and saw that you were all very quick to help each other, to help each other find things and to help with patterns. And that's wonderful. If I could read Russian I'd probably join because your forum seems very friendly and helpful. And it's always nice to have another opinion when you can't figure something out.

Whatever else you do on your board is irrelevant to the issue at hand.
2  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Re: Copyright Infringement, update on 1st post on: February 05, 2008 10:36:30 PM
From http://www.litmanlaw.com/content.aspx?page=5&section=3

The Copyright Act grants copyright owners exclusive rights in five categories: reproduction, adaptation, public distribution, public performance and public display.

The use of a copyright notice is no longer required under U. S. law, although it is often beneficial.

And finally
The law will enable you to recover statutory damages up to $150,000.00 in cases of intentional copying, and from $750.00 to $30,000.00 for unintentional copying.

-You can't publicly display someone else's work, even if it's just for translation.
-There does not need to be a copyright notice on copyrighted work for it to be protected.
-You don't have to make money off of your copyrighted work to be granted statutory damages.
-And claiming "I didn't know" is not a defense.

3  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / Re: Patenting Without a Lawyer, and Other Questions on: February 05, 2008 09:45:08 PM
Here is some info I found:

Patent Pending
You will obtain "patent pending" status for your invention by filing  plant, utility and/or design patent applications. When a patent application is filed with the government, the applicant can use the phrase "patent pending" or "patent applied for" in connection with the marketing of the invention. It does not mean that the inventor can take action if someone makes, uses or sells the invention. But, generally, with "patent pending" status, you can begin marketing an invention without the risk of losing your rights from public exposure.

The Effect of Public Exposure
You should not reveal your idea to others before arranging for patent protection. In fact, it is best not to disclose the invention until at least "patent pending" status is obtained. Furthermore, if you fail to apply for a patent in a timely manner, you risk having your invention become unpatentable and free for anyone to use.
It is important to understand that any public disclosure of your invention prior to applying for patent protection may affect your chances of actually obtaining patent protection. For example, if you are using, or considering using a website to market your product or service, you should be advised that posting information on the Internet means openly disclosing that idea to the public which could potentially undermine your efforts to patent that idea.

One (1) Year Grace Period in the U.S.
By law, you will lose the benefits of U.S. patent protection if your patent application is not filed in the U.S. within one year of being publicly exposed. This public exposure can be a publication about the invention anywhere in the world. Public exposure can also be a sale, an offer of sale or public use of the invention in this country.

All information found on this site: http://www.litmanlaw.com/content.aspx?page=3&section=1

So you can begin marketing after applying for your patent. ^_^b
4  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / Re: Is a craft business a good option for a college student? on: February 05, 2008 09:34:30 PM
I would suggest you get a job. Since you don't know how much you can make with your crafts, let alone if they'll even sell, then you need a steady job where you are guaranteed money to pay the rent.

However, dabble with selling your crafts. You can always quit your job later, but at least you'll know you can pay the rent now.
5  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / Re: Would I be able to sell? on: February 05, 2008 07:41:55 AM
For a credit card solution get a reloadable Visa. You can find them in drugstores. You just load cash onto it like a gift card, but pay for stuff online like a debit card.

I don't encourage pricing things low just to make a sale.

Why don't you just make the presents?
6  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Re: Modern Squared Afghan - With Link to Free Pattern on: February 04, 2008 04:57:32 PM
Just slip stitch the blocks together to make rows (or columns) and then slip stitch the rows together. I do all of the slip stitching on the backside of the afghan. The last one that I did I just sat in my bed and put a big pillow on my lap and then laid out the squares/rows in front of me. This way I could have the pieces close to my face without bending over too much.
7  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Re: Um ... let's call it early for next year! 16-piece nativity set on: February 04, 2008 04:16:48 PM
I like the sandals! Very cool set you have there. ^_^b
8  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Stitchalongs / Re: Big Project Stitchalong 2008 on: February 04, 2008 03:16:11 PM
This is what I started in June 2006 (I always forget so I started writing it on my pattern). I don't think I did much of it at all last year. I hope to finish it this year, though.

There are 9 pages of pattern and I have about 2 left. There is no outlining at all. The thing that takes the most time is that there isn't just rows and rows of one color. It's more like a square here, one over there, etc.
9  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Tips for Participating in Craft Fairs / Re: price & quantity advice on: February 04, 2008 02:20:51 PM
Oh, & should I lower prices or group items together as the day goes on (like a yard sale) or keep my prices the same.

I would group/lower as the day goes on because you want to raise as much money as you can.  Unless you plan on selling these items at a later time/place.

3.  Felt food kits - Pizza (crust, sauce, cheese, pepperoni) & Pasta (raviolli or bow-tie, sauce, meatballs)  also how should I keep the kits together, I don't want to spend my supply money on bags, but think ziplocs could be tacky, opinions please.

Can you make a bunch of drawstring bags? They're quick and can be inexpensive depending on what material you use (or reuse).
10  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / Re: Promoting to shops on: February 04, 2008 01:49:21 PM
Very very very professional. Way to go! ^_^ b
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