Friday, May 15, 2009

I should be so flattered

I went to visit the Quilting Arts Magazine new website and there in the first image are some of our original Victory rayon variegated threads - colours all selected by me. Then I went to the Textile Art Festival website and there in the Expo section is a pic of Ian and I on our stand in Melbourne at AQC and then I see in their ads and their pamphlets more pics of us and more pics of the variegated threads. No acknowledgement or permission asked of course but I am flattered and see it as good promotion which is why I am telling you!

I am quite heavily into reading and researching Intellectual Property especially on the internet as it is a problem which will not go away. I should be able to write a thesis by the time I have finished my research. I know, of course, that people copy my notes - sometimes they forget to remove my name - and I know, of course, that when I run a workshop that people use my notes and teach others from my material. This doesn't really bother me - I should be flattered, and anyway I have long moved on to the next thing. However, stealing my ideas and using them on one's own website and in one's writings is quite another matter. Having said that, I believe in competition - it is healthy, and I thrive on a challenge. People even say I am driven. So - pilferers beware - I am on the rampage. My message to you is - try being original - it will do you much good in the long run...

And we are crying out for rain....

Just watched the Chiefs beat the Brumbies - sorry to my Canberian mates. This is the last weekend before the semi-finals so tomorrow should be quite exciting.

Back to the coalface - our stuff goes to Brisbane on Monday and then I will be able to get on with other things such as putting my Stonehaven book together and getting Holey Moley - ing. Tomorrow I will add some answers to questions people have been asking on the Holey Moley Club blog.

8 comments:

Sandy said...

I guess copying is flattering, but it is also annoying. It takes a lot of work to come up with good notes, classes, ideas, so we should feel that they are ours.

maggi said...

Using your notes to enable us to develop our own ideas is one thing but copying without acknowledgement or implying that someone else's work is yours is just dishonest whatever way you look at it. Go get 'em!

Heather said...

They are a bit naughty and rather foolish not to acknowledge your work as yours. It's a good job you are so broad minded. Looking forward to seeing your Stonehaven book when completed and to getting on with Ratty Tatty Papers myself. I'm free from all commitments for a while - hooray!

Robin Mac said...

I knew I had recognised you in the Textiva promos, but didn't realise it was without your permission - flattering all the same, and not like taking your notes, that is awful, as well as being very lazy. Can't wait for Brisbane. Cheers, Robin

Julie said...

I suppose that is one of the big dangers of the internet but it is spiteful and dishonest not to acknowledge the source of one's work or pass someone else's idea off as your own. It's especially galling when people as generous as yourself are taken advantage of.

I shall look forward to seeing the Stonehaven book completed and hearing more about the Holey Moley Club, it sounds intriguing! I've had a look at the blog and am tempted. Have a good weekend.

Carol said...

In the 'Share your Mixed Media' section of the gallery, on the Quilting Arts Magazine site, is a wallhanging I did inspired by an article which appeared in issue 2 of QA. In the comments I've given you credit for originality and named The Thread Studio, too. Credit where credit's due, hey!

Dijanne Cevaal said...

Hi Dale

Don't forget to take some lutradur packs! My class isn't full- but Sharyb Hall is also working with transfer paints.

Yes Intellectual property- did it at law school- there is a quote I often think about by Gertrude Stein- the problem with having a good idea is that soneone always comes along and does it better- there is evidence of that everywhere.I used to get much more riled- but now take the attitude that I just keep moving on, pushing my own imaginative boundaries.It is a reason I don't buy many how to books ( and why sometimes people in workshops have much better shortcuts than I )- just keep doing what you are doing Dale- there is no shortage of imagination in your work!

Judy said...

Dale,

As you say it is flattering to be copied and have others use your ideas, but it's not fair, I have seen others talking about it round the net it is obviously a big issue.

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