Edited. Day of the computer has created sooo many lazy people. People who are too lazy to read and those who attempt to speed read and miss vital information necessary for fully understanding what they are reading. And why not? I am guilty of this myself after I have read through the first 50 returned results of millions. For instance, search the word “key”. That simple word pulled in “about 2,560,000,000 results”. Often I have discovered new found interests and loves simply because Google has pulled in results completely unrelated to what I am actually searching for. Now unless you speed read you will never find what you are looking for quickly and you rarely ever see in one sitting .000001% of the returns. This makes speed reading a valuable asset if you can do so with some accuracy.
Unfortunately we apply this same speed reading talent when and where we should not. Perhaps out of habit. Just think of the legal ramifications of not reading a binding contract thoroughly.
So…yesterday after a couple hours of searching copyrights for my upcoming quilt I decide to check my Facebook page. I belong to several groups and I posted the pattern For the love of geese for sale. In one of the quilting groups that I belong one member accused me of copyright infringement. Another member had commented an hour or so before I noticed this and she informed her that it was my pattern. After asking why this was in violation of copyright I told her it was my pattern and I had drawn the pattern myself. Several things were going through my mind, had my testers released the pattern as their own?
She did remove her comment but she also lashed out at me. First of all I was embarrassed because there are thousands of members in this group, none who know me personally and frankly I was a little mad. Had she read the post, or the comments this could have been avoided. She assumed that I was offering to download and/or copy someone else’s pattern and sell it to others. If she had read the post and comments , looked on Craftsy and this blog she would have clearly seen the same name on all three. Personally I would not make a slanderous accusation without first doing my homework. If I had made a false accusation, I would own up to my mistake and apologize instead of lashing out at the innocent person.
The point I am trying to make. Please, please read everything fully. If its worth your time to comment it deserves to be read completely. She very well could have started a rumor that will possibly ruin me before I ever get a start. That is wrong in so many ways. Your actions may just cost you a current or future friend.
To those of you who read this yesterday, I apologize. The post was meant to be a private draft, to come back to today for editing with a clear mind.
As a pick me up after that downer I will bless you with The Enzo on his groomers baby quilt.
Sweet dreams and bye for now. Denise