Saturday, July 23, 2011

Copyrights - The Hot Topic

Many of you are probably taking a look at our blog due to the recent Associated Press article regarding copyrights and crafters. In the world of re-use and recycle, the issue of what can a person use or not use continues to be a "hot topic."

Just to clarify something that was in the article - a few times the word "ideas" was used. While an idea in the purest form is protected under patent law and NOT copyright law, it is my hope that the reader will understand what the outstanding reporter, Amy McCoy of the Des Moines Register was trying to say. Idea can be interchanged with "works" or independent, creative works of authorship.

At the end of the day, it is up to each individual to truly "police" his or herself. It is also important that we, as an artistic or creative community - which include both artists and manufacturers - work together and communicate.

We welcome your comments about the subject of copyrights, the articles, etc. And I PROMISE to blog more. You see, I have that promise a few times on this blog but hope springs eternal!

The Fine Print!

Since there may be legal discussions going on...there must be a disclaimer!

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