Editors note:

Last week I posted a blog (https://sudukc.wordpress.com/2014/09/29/plagiarism-it-is-illegal/)  and mistakenly called it plagiarism; it is copyright infringement. I have corrected the post but I stand by what I said. Both are illegal and both make my blood boil!

14-10-06 RoyalsThis week I had someone tell me my baseball was cute and they thought they would copy it. I have no legal rights to the Royals emblem I did not buy the licensing.  But it still is my design adaptation and even though I do not intend to sell this design copying it is not legal.

A great article on copyright has been written by Mary Ann Jones & Matthew J. Booth for Needlepoint Now. If you would like to read it, it can be found here: http://www.needlepointnow.com/advertising/copyright/

Thank you for stopping by, I hope you find time to stitch today! ttfn…sue


Copyright infringement…it is illegal!

14-09-29 ron pic

Ed Note: I mistakenly called this plagiarism. And while plagiarism is illegal too Copyright infringement is what this is. And either makes my blood boil!

My friend Bill’s son, Ron, is a professional photographer; Ron works for a newspaper in Texas. Last week on his Facebook page he posted this comment:

“…Another day, another art show, and another surprise turn around a corner to find one of my pictures rendered in oil. At least she’s consistent, she only seems to like my rodeo photos.”

I cannot imagine that this person does not know she has committed copyright infringement and as my father (a lawyer) and my friend Bill (another lawyer) would say, “Ignorance of the law is no excuse.”  You will never convince me that this person doesn’t know and probably even signed an agreement with the art show committee that these were her original works of art. The other thing that amazes me is she lives in the same area as Ron does…he actually saw the picture. As Ron said:

It wouldn’t have been so bad if she had asked first, that’s happened before and I was flattered and allowed it. But just to do it and then display the work someplace where the original photographer is certain to see it is just callous and not too bright.”

The lawyers for the newspaper are looking into this but as you can see from the picture it is copyright infringement. He had given permission to another artist to adapt one of his photos but this person didn’t even ask. And the kicker is this is not the first time this artist has done this to Ron, so I would be guessing that many of her pictures are someone else’s property. If Ron would give me her name I would post it here and maybe all of you in her area would boycott her pictures…

Amazing…I’ll let you know any new developments if I hear.

Thank you for stopping by, I hope you find time to stitch today! ttfn…sue


Sometimes when I am roaming around online I see a design that I like, I will bookmark it. Some of these designs are just inspiration for another idea that pops into my mind, very rarely are these designs a copy of the original design and sometimes they never go any further than… I like this. BUT, every so often I will use part of these designs in my stitching and then I try and get permission to use the design or work. If I see an entire design that I want to convert to needlepoint…then this requires getting permission from the original designer before you adapt the piece.

I have became very interested in ATC (Artist Trading Card) made in needlepoint, they make great little ornaments to hang, quick easy gifts, and good ideas for cards I also make for friends and family.  I very rarely see a design in stitches and threads, but last month I came across a design that popped right off my screen in stitches and threads. I could see this stitched as an ATC. I wrote Grace and told her what a nice design I thought this was and that I would like to adapt it to needlepoint. She wrote me back a lovely email:

 “…I would be honoured to have you to use my “Spring” quilt pattern to adapt for your needlepoint. I do have a few requests though. Please reference me as the designer of your needlepoint pattern. I would also ask that only you use the pattern, if others want to use my design as well please have them contact me themselves… ”

You can see the original design on Grace’s April 24 blog at Baryard Chatter: http://www.barnyardchatter.blogspot.com/

 And so I stitched Spring in an ATC format (2.5 inches x 3.5 inches). Graces design is 10.5 inches by 14 inches. I made two of these, one for me and one for Grace. Thank you Grace. It is a fun design! There will only be two of these adaptations from this source and I cannot give permission to copy or reproduce this design, only Grace can do this. If she gives permission to use the design then you still must contact me for permission to copy my interpertation.

You can see more of Grace’s work at:
WEBSITE: www.redbarn-studios.com
BLOG: http://www.barnyardchatter.blogspot.com 

In a nutshell, this is an example of how the copyright law should work. ALWAYS give credit where credit is due and always get permission to use someone else’s work.