Thursday, May 29, 2014

PSA: Not For Sale

It has come to our attention that a seller on Etsy is offering Harry Potter quilts for sale using patterns, primarily The Project of Doom, from fandominstitches.com and sewhooked.com.

Please note: SALE OF ITEMS MADE FROM THE PATTERNS PROVIDED ON THIS WEBSITE IS STRICTLY FORBIDDEN.

Our patterns are free as derivative art under Fair Use.

It is posted all over FiS, and on the patterns themselves, that patterns are NOT TO BE USED FOR PROFIT OR RESALE.

We have previously consulted a lawyer about the legal validity of being able to share patterns created based on the fandoms we love. It is our understanding that under current law, we can share our patterns with you as long as they are not resold or product created to profit from. The moment that happens, we open ourselves up to cease & desist letters, lawsuits and the possibility of losing Fandom In Stitches and everything our volunteers have put into it.

I'm sure we don't need to explain that there is ZERO we could do if someone tried to shut us down. All it would take is one person to ruin what we have built here.

We ask again, PLEASE do not sell items made from patterns posted on FiS.

If you cannot respect this request, we ask that you not use our patterns out of respect to the Designers, our quilting community and to the fandoms we love.

CONSTANT VIGILANCE.

 

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5 comments:

  1. Did you report the user to Etsy themselves? They should based on the information be able to shut the seller down.

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    1. So far, I have contacted the seller. I want to giver her a chance to take the listing down before I report her to Etsy. I do, however, have my letter written with attached documentation just in case I don't receive a response. This happens from time to time and I like to share a reminder so that everyone understands exactly what's at stake when this kind of thing happens.

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  2. I searched Harry Potter quilts and didn't see any. Did she take them down?

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  3. Just looked some more. I think maybe I did find her. I'll be happy to post something on her page if you want.

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  4. Joined your fabulous site a few days ago...don't let idiots like this shut you down PLEASE! The talent here is amazing and it is wonderful to see...not sure if I have equivalent talent to actually make a quilt. What she has done is awful, but hopefully you can embarrass her to shut down and if not let's trust that Etsy will. Well done and thanks for a fantastic site xx

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