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February 14, 2008


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I thought of you immediately when I saw Donna's post this morning. It is always good to end with pluses, but I can see how this day would be a big MINUS full of heartache. I was upset for you, friend, and with you.


Holy crap. You guys have a good lawyer friend?


Clueless AND cruel. I think your best hope is this: you're dealing with textile people, and surely--surely!--textile people prefer to look at the actual book, to feel it, to be able to carry it with them at all times.

Oh, and a good lawyer.
I wish that someone could just make that person read this--I wish that person could meet you and know how phenomenal it is that you're pulling this off. I'd like to think they'd take it down and start proselytizing for you instead.

Ruth I. Forbes of Crochet Designs by Nana Ruth

I wonder how we can raise the awareness of the public to this cruel and thoughtless act? Wonder if newspaper(s) would pick up and carry the hue and cry?
Thank you so much for your diligence in this matter.

Deborah Robson

Thanks to everyone for your comments.

Lawyers cost money, and because this person has not been *selling* access to these scanned publications, any suit would be hard to win. Copyright cases traditionally hinge on diversion of the income flow to another entity, not just evaporating it by making the copyrighted information available for free. This type of theft has reached serious levels because of internet technology--the net is a blessing and an incredible challenge as well.


Abby Franquemont

...wow. I'm always astounded by people thinking something like this is okay.


Ladies, as much as I understand your frustration I wish to respond in a way that is not as supportive as other entries on this page. I am sorry to say that technology is going to grow with or without you. Anyone who expects a business to be protected against website publishing is probably around retirement age. If properly blanketed by a solid, reputable publisher the chances of protection are closer to a guarantee. Perhaps you should invest more time in researching publishers rather than letting everyone know something they already do. We know you have to eat and we know how unfair people can be. Move with the times or retire gals.

Lee Kottner

Wow, the whole book? Unbelievable! I'm continually amazed that people think they can do this, just because they've purchased the book.

Copyright infringement is a big problem in book arts too, and I've been writing a bunch of posts about it, hoping to raise awareness. The Center for Book arts recently had a professional development seminar on the topic which I attended too. If you're interested, you can find the post about it here:


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