A city-wide flood has
just occurred. You're out in it, trying to procure food, water, and
other necessities for your family. Suddenly you notice that people are
looting local stores, carrying out whatever they can find. Because
others are doing it, do you join in?
Those doing it tell you that this is a
way to get even with those who own the merchandise, and that they
would never be able to afford these things on their own. "Taking
just a pair of shoes is not going to hurt the shop owner- they have
insurance", you are told as they rush out the door.
If you are one of the looters, most
likely this article will not affect you.
But if you are saddened by what is
happening, do you know that by not being a part of it and trying to
stop it, you are respecting that store owner and his right to
personal property, and showing integrity to others (and to God)?
Now, what if you LOVE cross stitch
charts, or other Needlework Patterns, as so many of us do? You
search the internet for a pattern that you know you might have to
wait for the money to buy.
Suddenly, your search comes up with a
page of gorgeous designs in full color, and each is accompanied by
the chart. The one you've searched high and low for is there!
Easy! Free! But right? No.
By sampling "just one", you have
increased the incredible devastation done to Needlework Designers in
this industry- cross stitch designers, pattern makers, sewers,
quilters, knitters, crocheters, etc.- all artists in their own
Their intellectual property is what is
American businesses (and those abroad)
are at stake. Magazines and publishers stop or alter publications.
Designers decide that it isn't worth the risk anymore. Shops try to
make their living on fabric and threads.
Sharing just one chart may not seem
important, but when you multiply them by the hundreds (or more) which are
found daily by Designers on the internet, you can see how it harms
small businesses who support their own families and help to support
The harder they have worked at
designing, the harder they are hit, so that it becomes impossible to
keep their doors open. Their store has been looted by those who love
what they do.
Other countries, who have led the way
in internet piracy and copyright theft, have wooed you in to their
sites with the most beautiful, gorgeous designs available, for free.
But have you ever considered what they have done to small
Many would justify theft by financial
circumstances, or false notions that designers don't have bills or
families to provide for, or that they are "helping friends." There
can be no other excuses but greed and disrespect for other's
property. Would you trust those people to stay overnight in your
They have even become accomplished
sellers, so that ripoffs are sold left and right. Anything for a
But again, it hurts American
businesses, and our counterparts abroad.
You have a choice. Will you loot
businesses? Just because you can, does it mean you should?
Or will you do your part to save our
industry and to protect intellectual property in America (and other
countries) by taking a stand against copying and sharing?
One stitcher can make a difference. By
saying "No" the next time you are offered or given a copy, you show
integrity and respect for the property rights of others.
Even if you have done it before, not
knowing the devastating effects, you can stop now.
If you are a stitcher that cares about
copyright and the future of our business, thank you...
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