With the exception of blog reading, although that tends to happen at stupid o'clock.
This morning I read Pink Penguin, a blog that I have followed for ages, I bought Ayumi's book "Patchwork Please" last year, it was released in April, and have happily sewed my way through it.
Today's blog is a very sad read, although she has not stated it one of her creations has been copied almost to the 'nth degree. It is on the front of my magazine, It hardly registered when I looked at it but on reading the post this morning a light switch came on in my mind.
This is from my book, the original wall hanging from Ayumi.
The front cover of the new edition of the magazine.
The first page of the tutorial/article.
What do you think, is it a step too far or a coincidence?
My Granny used to say that there is nothing new under the sun. We all take ideas from other peoples work, I often comment on blogs to say that I admire a recipe or a sewing project and say that I will be copying. I do write about this here and give credit to the source, I also alter and tweak to my hearts content. It is said that imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, and that may well be true.
I do feel that if an author has published something that is for sale then too close a copy is not flattery but theft.
MFin3 gives her recipes freely on her blog, she offers reams of advice to those in debt, but her sewing creation patterns are for sale. These sales keep her family afloat and help towards the future, it would be immoral for anyone to buy a pattern and then alter it slightly to sell on as their own creation.
Frugal Queen gives her recipes and money saving advice freely as well, as do many bloggers.
I have almost lost my way with this post, I am so angry. I intend to contact the magazine and register my displeasure, I also intend to cancel my subscription. Much as I like the publication I will not condone the action.
Reasons to be grateful.
1. The fact that I can "put my money where my mouth is" and cancel this subscription.
2. The fact that I can still feel outrage at a, to my mind, dishonest act.
3. My blog affords me the means to voice my outrage.
4. Another load of recycling has been taken away this morning.
5. I am filling boxes ready to car boot, hopefully next wweekend, weather permitting.
I may have gone a bit overboard but this is an area that I feel strongly about, I love to read tutorials and Jenny Doan does not release a single video on u tube that I miss. But I would never steal an idea and sell it on as my own just by changing a few minor details. That is taking food out of someones mouth, another of Granny's sayings. I had a very moral upbringing and can not and do not wish to shake it off.
If I have annoyed you comment and tell me so and why. If you feel as I do perhaps you would like to join me on the soap box.
BTW it started grey and dismal this morning and then brightened up for an hour and a half, just long enough for me to get a load of jeans line dried. hip hip hooray. I hate drying them indoors it takes forever.