I love the internet - I love how it allows us all to connect, and chat and share... but sometimes it just downright ticks me off.
This morning I was alerted to the fact that another blogger had possibly used some of my images on their blog. In most circumstances, that wouldn't bother me. I'm pretty free and open with that kind of thing - like I said - I love the internet because it gives us an option to share. So if someone pulled some pictures of my knits or cats to share, attributed them, and maybe linked back - that's cool
However, when I got to the site in question, I discovered that the blogger had taken my entire Baby Jane pattern, and pasted it in the blog post - including picture! However, they changed the name and didn't attribute it to me. No link to the original pattern - nothing!
Now I'm a little miffed. I love that they are are sharing the pattern - it's a free pattern, and obviously, neither of us are profiting from it. It's just that ... well.... if you've ever designed a pattern - it's work. It's nice, at the very least, to get a little credit for that!
Had the blog author just wanted to share the pattern, a link and a picture would have sufficed. It's the internet - we all know how to click links. And I don't know about you, but downloading a pdf is a much better format than having to cut and paste it from someone's blog. I just don't get what the point was???
Anyway, I left a comment, asking them to remove it. It still hasn't been removed, nor have I received a response from the blogger. I've now reported the copyright infringement to Google. We'll see what happens.
I'm not sharing the offending blog here, I don't want anyone heading over there and defending me - we'll let Google sort it out... but gee people... please think before you post!