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Creative Theft is Still … Yeah, Theft.

Rather than re-invent the wheel, let me share with you the highlights, as posted by a dear friend.

I have a very sweet friend that I’ve never met “in real life” (she is one of the founders of a wonderful cloth diapering message board that I joined while pregnant with DangerGirl) but I consider myself blessed to know her. She’s one of the brightest and giving souls I know.

She’s the mother of 4 beautiful girls. She is so very in love with her husband (and he with her) that you just can’t help but adore and admire them. Especially when you find out that he–a brave and honorable military man–was recently diagnosed with cancer.

My friend is also a talented designer and seamstress. She sells patterns for home sewing adorable, functional children’s clothes and beautiful, unique accessories to help support her family.

When her husband was diagnosed, friends rallied around her family immediately. An auction was arranged on their behalf…and being the truly thoughtful and caring people they are, my friend and her husband pledged to donate a portion of those proceeds to help others who find themselves facing the unimaginable.

Given all that…you can imagine the disgust and anger I felt yesterday when I found out that a sewing blogger purchased my friend’s passport wallet pattern and then turned around and released a copy as her own. Not only did she use several of the *exact* pattern pieces from my friend’s design, she even stole the “Thank You” note that my friend sends out to customers.

You can see her full post over at Mama Pensées.

Have you ever really thought about creative theft?

This is actually the same category of theft as downloading pirated music or movies.

But it’s easier to see it, in this case, because of the smaller scale. Because we can see our friend’s hurt, and her family’s need for that income.

Right and wrong are the same, regardless of how much we may feel the artist “needs” or “won’t miss” my $10 purchase, though.

Sadly, people purchasing the stolen pattern have no way to know. But we do!

In this particular case, I’d like to ask for your help — something you can do totally for free.

Visit my friend’s Etsy shop, Birdiful Stitches.

She will get some benefit just from having more traffic click through to her site. And better still if you browse around a little, and spend a few more clicks there.

If you’re feeling generous with your mousing, you might also consider these activities on the lower left sidebar:

  • Add the shop to your Etsy Favorites list
  • Like her on Facebook, and share to your Facebook wall
  • Tweet about it

And of course, if you can make use of anything from the shop, her family would appreciate your support.

How’s that for mashing together a general topic and a very specific post? Hmmm. Ah, well…


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