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« on: July 26, 2007 07:47:46 AM »

Okay, so if you go here: http://www.amigurumikingdom.com/
see the cutest thing ever. (down just a bit from the menu)

I loved it so much I thought I'd give it a go. I'm pretty happy with everything except my P.O.S. camera.



So, how horribly unethical is it to blatantly rip off what someone else sells? If:

a.) It's for my own personal adorable daily intake.
b.) I have no intention of selling the end result
c.) I have no intention of distributing the pattern in any way

Just wondered.
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« Reply #1 on: July 26, 2007 07:51:51 AM »

That's so cute Cheesy and I don't think it's too unethical, they should be flattered if anything Smiley
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« Reply #2 on: July 26, 2007 07:56:24 AM »

Okay, so if you go here: http://www.amigurumikingdom.com/
see the cutest thing ever. (down just a bit from the menu)

I loved it so much I thought I'd give it a go. I'm pretty happy with everything except my P.O.S. camera.


So, how horribly unethical is it to blatantly rip off what someone else sells? If:

a.) It's for my own personal adorable daily intake.
b.) I have no intention of selling the end result
c.) I have no intention of distributing the pattern in any way

Just wondered.

Very cute!  Wish I could crochet -- I'm totally lusting after all of the amigurumi.

Regarding your question, here's a link that would help: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=175296.0

This link spells it out pretty blatantly. 

It's bad juju to steal.  Cry Angry 

I suppose you could contact the person who made the pattern and ask what the terms are to use their pattern.

But making gifts or for yourself is not unethical.
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« Reply #3 on: July 26, 2007 08:05:05 AM »

Here's where I think the line gets a little gray.

But since I am giving credit to the original person who inspired mine...And I looked at a picture and made it up as I went along...And the hands of the bat are clearly way too big (ha ha)...And I'm not selling anything or passing it off as my own...

I'm not crossing the ever graying line. Right? I've seen people do it all the time on here (and I'm not talking about trying to sell anything, just being *inspired*)
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« Reply #4 on: July 26, 2007 08:16:58 AM »

In my opinion your in the clear as far as keeping it for yourself.

Now as far as selling them.... I've been around craft shows for over 25 yrs(working them with my mom or by myself) and I found that people "borrow" other's ideas all the time. I even have a guide to craft shows that says if your item is really "unique" and sells well you will see a similar item on somebody else's table soon.
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« Reply #5 on: July 26, 2007 08:35:05 AM »

i just have one thing to say
this is so super cute!!!! Cheesy
you are so awesome to have figured out this pattern...i don't believe you are doing anything wrong here you gave proper credit to the creator of this cute little guy where credit was totally due and you are not selling this product to make a proftit...not to mention you are being so honest about it.....
if you check out the amigurumi along group that was at blogspot ...there were severall people there that stole from an original author and the sad thing was that alot of people at the time didn't really care.....for instance...the ameniko cat by nekoyama was stolen by the lady in the black dress and sold for profit..there was a big deal about it at the yahoo group, craftster and crafting japanese website....it's very sad that people are so lame to do this or maybe they are too ignorant to know anybetter but basically i think they are selfish and just don't care.....
but 4 the record i don't feel you are one of those people... Wink
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« Reply #6 on: July 26, 2007 08:41:04 AM »

I don't think it's unethical at all!  it's not unethical to bake a loaf of bread at home, even though a baker sells loaves of bread.  Even selling them would not be ethically wrong, in my opinion.  Henry Ford invented the car - but many other companies picked up the idea and derived their own versions.  If you bought the pattern under the conditions that you would not mass-produce them, then selling them would clearly be unethical - but having derived the pattern yourself, fair game!
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« Reply #7 on: July 26, 2007 08:41:36 AM »

Here's where I think the line gets a little gray.

But since I am giving credit to the original person who inspired mine...And I looked at a picture and made it up as I went along...And the hands of the bat are clearly way too big (ha ha)...And I'm not selling anything or passing it off as my own...

I'm not crossing the ever graying line. Right? I've seen people do it all the time on here (and I'm not talking about trying to sell anything, just being *inspired*)

If you are making gifts for yourself or friends, no problem.  It's when you attempt to sell something that was "inspired" by another artist's work that I think might be problematic.  It may not be enough to give credit to the original artist.

Here's another link that spells out copyright stuff.  It's a long thread but worth the read.  https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=2428.0

Disclaimer:  I'm not a lawyer

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« Reply #8 on: July 26, 2007 11:04:27 AM »

He is so cute! I love his little (big!) heart hands Grin
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« Reply #9 on: July 26, 2007 12:34:32 PM »

i think if you were making it to sell, than that's a big no no. but to fill your daily intake of cute? crochet away
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