A friend of mine told me that someone was caught making and selling kits based upon one of her projects. This person had basically just rewritten my friend's article (with very few changes in wording even!) and was now marketing their own article along with the materials needed as a kit through a national chain store.
I think that most of us would agree that's over the line unless you've been given permission. But how about these questions:
Is it ok to teach a class based upon an article you read or a workshop you took? Is it ok in a local bead shop but not at a national convention?
Is it ok to teach a class that focuses on how to make exact replicas of someone else's beads, findings, or finished pieces?
What do you think? No one owns the stitches or the materials, but where is the line between ethical and unethical behavior in these situations? Sound off below...What would you do?
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In short: ask for permissions, get them in writing, and give credit.
You could send her articles in return about minding her own business ;-)
I truly would like to know, SK
It must have been very hurtful and stressful for you to go through this experience. Please don't let it stop you from continuing to learn and grow!
Would the situation be any different with a gallery, or is the term "gallery" just another term for consignment store that deals in art?