My current work in progress:

1. pour moi, designed by Lori Versaci, knit from Wollmeise Merino DK in the "Stella Polaris" colorway on a 3.75 mm (U.S. size 5) needle.
2. Outlander MKAL Shawl, designed by Rachel Rodin, knit from Lornas Laces Shepherd Sport in the "Beauchamps" and "Fraser" colorways on a 3.75 mm (U.S. size 5) needle.
3. Myriad stealth projects.

Two Goods, a Bad, and a Good

Good: I got an email from Shanti’s mom last night, letting me know that the Hats for Sailors project has received 337 hats this year! You can read about it and see some awesome photos of the hats on Shanti’s blog here. Wow!

Good: The winter 2011/2012 issue of KnitCircus is available here! My article for this issue (page 37) is a tutorial for creating a tubular cast-on for ribbing and includes a free basic watch cap pattern.

As you know, the magazine with the articles and reviews is free for anyone to view online. To get the patterns for the designs, you can either subscribe to the magazine or purchase pattern collections (for a very reasonable price!), or purchase individual patterns. All information about purchasing patterns or a subscription is here.

Would you like to win a free pattern collection for this current issue? Leave a comment on this blog post by 11:00am, Eastern Time, this Sunday, November 20, 2011 to be entered in the drawing. I’ll draw ten names at random from the comments and each of those ten will receive the pattern collection in pdf format.

Now for the Bad.

**ETA: I removed the links to the offending site because it has apparentl y been taken down — we seem to have gotten someone’s attention**

I really do try to keep a positive voice in my blog, but every now and then there is something that irks me enough that I feel the need to post about it. My topic today is this “free knitting pattern” website.

It was brought to my attention yesterday because there on the front page of the site were posts (without the photos) lifted from my blog with no indication of the source and author of the posts.To be more specific, they were lifted from the RSS feed from my blog. I know this because the copyright notice that displays at the bottom of the feed for each of my blog posts was also there:

“Copyright © 2011 This feed is for personal, non-commercial use only. The use of this feed on other websites breaches copyright. If this content is not in your news reader, it makes the page you are viewing an infringement of the copyright.”

Can’t state it more plainly than that, can I?

There was also content from other blogs on the site, though I am not sure whose blogs they were, because nowhere were any of the posts credited to their authors.

And there were also a lot of free patterns — many from Knitty and some from other sources.

I sent a message to the creator of the site (there’s a line at the bottom of the page attributing the site to a web design firm) via the “contact me” form on the parent site. I pointed out that they were using my material without my permission.

I checked the site this morning and noted some changes. The blog posts were no longer displayed on the site. So someone read my message (but of course did not have the courtesy to respond to it.) However, if I type a title from one of my blog posts in their search box, the post pops up in the search results. They just removed the links to the stolen materials. The blog posts are still all there.

When I looked this morning the free patterns were still there. I note that the source for some of them are posted (I believe most of them are from Knitty), but in the ones I looked at, none of the designers were credited. Knitty does state very clearly on their site “Reproduction prohibited.” I did email Amy Singer, editor of Knitty, to let her know in case she has not seen the site.

Amusing things about this site: at the bottom of the page there is a line of text stating: “We have created a place for knitters to share knitting patterns, ideas & tutorials.” Ha! At no time did I submit my blog posts to be posted there.

There is a form you can use to submit a pattern. It amuses the hell out of me that someone submitted this as a pattern — I did a screen capture of the page from their site:

piratesite 196x240 Two Goods, a Bad, and a Good

Click on the picture to enlarge it. I was so impressed be the creativity of the person who submitted that, I submitted my own pattern.

Can you tell that I am annoyed? It really does irk the hell out of me when content is taken from other sources online and reposted without permission and without giving credit.

An aside that is sort of on the same topic: I have noticed that people/entities who are violating copyright by illegally distributing patterns invariably refer to this as “sharing.” It has gotten to the point that I cringe when I see/hear the word “share.” I get a surprising number of emails asking me to make them copies of patterns I have paid for. When people email me to ask me to copy a pattern that I’ve purchased and send it to them they invariably say “Will you share the pattern, Wendy?” You know — implying that I am being greedy by not sharing them the pattern.

The request always starts out sweetly: “Will you share the pattern?” When I respond saying that the pattern is not mine to share, that it is someone else’s copyrighted work, the next email I get (99% of the time) states either that the requester wants the pattern to make something for a child with a terminal illness,  or the requester (or the requester’s spouse) is out of work and cannot afford to purchase patterns. When I respond to this email to say that distributing copyrighted work is still not legal no matter who it is for and that there are plenty of free patterns available to knit, the response I get is usually unprintable. But the gist is that I am an evil bitch denying a dying child his or her last wish, etc.

I wonder if these people go to the designer first asking for a free copy? I’m betting not.

But I digress.

So this is my public service announcement. If you are a knit blogger, check to see if your content is on that pirate site. Enter the title of one of your recent blog posts in the search box to see if it has been stolen. Don’t bother entering the name of your blog since none of the content is properly credited and the name of your blog is not displayed. If you are a blogger whose post has been stolen or a designer whose pattern was stolen, let them know that this is not acceptable behavior. This contact form worked for me. Let them know that just because you have made your work free that does not mean it can be copied and posted without permission or attribution.

I know this is not the only site that is doing something like this. But if we can get through to this site and get them to take done the unauthorized content, that’s one fewer site with stolen material, right?

Okay, I can’t end this post with a Bad, so here is another Good:

Lucy111711 240x160 Two Goods, a Bad, and a Good

My little princess. icon smile Two Goods, a Bad, and a Good

Comments

  1. Wow, people really don’t have a clue about copyright. I mean, I know this, intellectually, but it still surprises me, and not in a good way, to come up against this kind of blatant disregard for the work that someone has put into a pattern.

  2. Wow, that’s pretty ridiculous. It makes you wonder who is actually running the site- from the stuff at the bottom, I would assume it’s some sort of company, but there can’t be much motivation for a company to steal knitting patterns and blog entries, can there?
    Michelle´s last blog post ..Socks and Scarves

  3. Great post! I completely agree about that site. It’s awful that they are not crediting or using with your permission. I would love the chance to win a copy of KnitCircus though! It seems like a great issue. :) Thanks for the chance and for standing out to be a voice for good!
    Kalkette´s last blog post ..A Story of Socks

  4. Check out the “pattern” under scarves that starts out with THIEF – that one needs to be cross posted to all the categories. LOL
    PlainJane´s last blog post ..Has It Really Been Four Months?

  5. Sorry about the pirate site. That really stinks. I have seen my free patterns up on Russian sites before which is irksome. Policing copyright in the digital age must be an awful chore for independent designers. Here’s hoping for more good things tomorrow!

  6. Hi Wendy,
    I love Knit Circus. Thanks for bringing it to our notice. I bought a subscription for one year, and when that ends I will be renewing. Great patterns, interesting articles.
    cheers,
    gemma

  7. I completely agree as this sort of behaviour really gets my goat. I once wrote about this some time ago on my own blog but I referred to crochet patterns and not knitted (I am a newbie knitter, much more proficient at crochet). A very well known crochet blogger had what they had called “tweaked” an already published pattern and deemed it acceptable to call it her own, then find it equally acceptable to ask for donations on her blog for “work” carried out in “designing” the pattern! Yet many of her readers deemed this acceptable! How this makes it acceptable is beyond me and needless to say I commented quite the contrarily on her blog about it saying I thought her behaviour was unacceptable. Can you believe that readers of her blog started sending me hate mail purely for giving an opinion?! Geez, get a life people and look at the bigger picture!

    Anyway, in my opinion, the long and short of it is – if it ain’t yours don’t steal it, it achieves nothing but aggravation and all you do is get yourself a bad name.

    I love your blog btw – as a newer knitter I am constantly inspired by what I see – both on blogs and on Ravelry. Lace knitting is my bugbear at the moment – I struggle with it but I have put your book on my Christmas list so hopefully the husband will see fit to purchase it for me! Have a great day! :)

    Ruth

  8. Even tho it is bad- thanks for enlightening us. I can’t say I would be so calm if it happened to me. Will now go read Knit Circus.

  9. Excellent post, Wendy!

  10. Bravo!
    LaLa´s last blog post ..Episode 85 – Loop-riffic

  11. I can’t believe some people do that sort of thing (oh wait, yes I can)

    Here is hoping you can get them taken down.

  12. You saved the Best for last!!

  13. Savannagal says:

    Thanks for putting it out there for everyone to read. Hopefully those who often ask to share my patterns will read your post.

  14. Love Knit Circus, hate pirates! Go get ‘em!

  15. Hit them where they hurt: write to the advertisers on the site (I just went and saw a Bernat ad) and let them know that they are advertising on a site that features stolen content. Bye-bye Bernat — I don’t think legitimate advertisers will bother with that sort of thing. (The worst virus I ever had on a computer came from a knit site which was a conglomerate of patterns from other sites, so… there’s that, too.)

  16. Wow, this is TACKY and SO WRONG of that website to do to you.

    And also, I’d love to win a collection of knitting patterns from knitcircus :D
    Lacey´s last blog post ..I miss the 90s

  17. Ruth Porter says:

    Knit Circus patterns would be just the thing before Christmas. Kudos on bringing up the copyright issue. It is stealing,. Hugs to Lucy.

  18. kate lathrop says:

    (snark) But, but, but WENDY I am dying of the EBOOLA and NEED you to share the pattern with me – you wouldn’t deny a dying knitter her final wish? (/snark)

    I just can’t believe the ‘nads of some people.

  19. The good news was good, but the free knitting pattern site is all bad. They must know better, really!!! Thanks for letting others know. I scanned the pages briefly, but it was after your contact with them.
    Bev Love´s last blog post ..Socktoberfest Fail

  20. Kudo’s to you Wendy! I am so proud you stood up for yourself and others. You have a way with words (and yarn) that always amuses me and I look forward to learning something from you each time I visit your blog.
    Oh and I just made the Poor Poets Mitts from the lace book and it is an amazing pattern. I highly recommend it to anyone who wants to use up a small amount of fingering weight yarn (it only took 39 grams of Serenity 20 for mine) and it was a very fast knit. I even used the tubular CO.
    Anyway great book!

  21. I couldn’t agree more. With sites like Ravelry that has legitimately posted free patterns, who needs this type of site? Ending with Lucy leaves a good taste in my mouth!

  22. KelticKarma (Aly) says:

    Awesome post about the copyright, and how to fight back. And your Princess with her Piddleloop bag collection is priceless!

  23. Color me naive, but I didn’t realize that people still asked for copies of patterns that aren’t free. I remember people asking for copies in the older days of the KnitList, etc., but hadn’t seen those types of requests & figured that people had finally learned that “sharing” patterns was flat out wrong & illegal.

    On that note, can you share that pattern for … with me? :-p

  24. It saddens me that people use “share” for emotional blackmail.
    You share your work with us through your blog and your patterns (both free and paid) every day. Thank you.

  25. I hate it when people copy content. I always would have to check who was copy my jewelry website content (people write your own stuff) or pictures (spend the time to make a light box and edit your pictures, its not that hard). I’m glad that I don’t have to check that any more (I closed my site last year). Thank you for your free patterns and yes I do pay for patterns & don’t “share” them! :)
    Lilie´s last blog post ..Work Baby Hat – WIP

  26. Jerks.

  27. As with those above me, I do find it an outrage that someone would blatently steal someone else’s published and copyrighted pattern. I’ve been knitting for 6 years and while I’m always interested in a free pattern…I’m only interested if it comes from the designer that way. I, too, have had friends ask me for patterns that I’ve paid for and I tend to find it hard to say no – but I do. Sorry that this has become troublesome for you and other designers. I love your patterns and always enjoy seeing what you produce! Thanks for all that you do share with us!
    Tonja´s last blog post ..weekend doings

  28. People are so unbelievable about copyright – as a librarian, I see it all the time. Since when is it ok to steal? Good for you for bring this to people’s attention.

    I love the new Knitcircus and really want to try a couple of the patterns. I’m also looking forward to trying your watch cap pattern for some of my Christmas presents.

  29. Wow – copyright aside, what kind of person creates a website by taking content from other people’s blogs? I searched socks and up popped your blog post about finishing the gigantic DK weight socks. It gave me the creeps and it wasn’t even my blog that was lifted. Ugh – I hope they’re forced to take the site down.

  30. Sometimes I think trying to fight copyright “wrongs” is a losing battle. But I keep trying. It doesn’t make me “popular” but I could care less about that. Keep your chin up, and thanks for all you do!

  31. I would be interested in the KnitCircus patterns. This website is new to me. Thanks for the info.

  32. And if they can’t afford the pattern, how on earth can they afford the yarn with which to knit it? That’s the question to ask! BTW – winning patterns from KnitCircus would be loads of fun! Thanks for making the offer.

  33. I got the Knit Circus earlier today – and was compelled to buy the pattern set. I will go back and read your article. I didn’t realize I could just subscribe but there’s always a next time.

    Nice rant on piracy! Don’t let em away with it.

  34. It still amazes me what people will do. I thought I’d try my hand at designing once and created two patterns that I had wanted to make and thought I’d write down. I admire the designers and the hard work (all that math) that they do and now just enjoying searching for patterns (both free and to purchase) mostly through Ravelry and enjoying knitting those patterns.

  35. Boo to copyright idjits, yea to a give away and the way that you dealt with the copyright issue.

  36. If your content was scraped by a content farm, you should fill out this form to alert Google. Give them the url for the original content and the scraped content.

    https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/viewform?formkey=dGM4TXhIOFd3c1hZR2NHUDN1NmllU0E6MQ&ndplr=1

    Google will send their search ranking low, or might stop referring to anything on that site.

    I was pretty livid when something I wrote for free as a favor for a friend on book leave was scraped by a car site to sell ads for cars. I felt violated. I don’t have the heart to find out if my knitting content was scraped, too.

    Here’s the original article.
    http://www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2011/03/what-do-automobiles-and-spacecraft-have-in-common/72181/

    BTW, I finally mastered the tubular cast-on and bind-off for 1×1 and 2×2 rib in 2011. I’m so delighted, I’m using it everywhere.
    BMGM´s last blog post ..When the proxy becomes more important than reality

  37. I would love to win the KnitCircus issue. I am going to go and read your article about a tubular cast on since the next hat I am planning to knit calls for it. Great timing!

  38. Good for you! Can you complain to whatever company hosts the website? If they are using the host company’s servers for something illegal, perhaps the host will shut them down.

    And please enter me in the drawing. Thanks.

    Julia

  39. Huh, sorry about the copyright thing :/ That really stinks. Although, for what it is worth, it may not be the person running the website–people submit stuff to it, and there may simply be a really misinformed person who thought they were doing a good deed by submitting all of your “free” items for you :( Either way, it still sucks. I hope they take all the stolen content down soon!

  40. deidre corbet says:

    Good for you!!People are amazing in what they will try and what is the point? But I would like to get the Knitcircus patterns.

  41. wow – I’m really blown away by the nerve of the creator of that site. mind boggling. I can’t quite believe that they haven’t yet picked up on your “pattern” – someone’s not monitoring what’s on their site at all. I wonder what would happen if a bunch of submitted “patterns” of this nature. maybe they’d get the hint.

    also want to say thank you for speaking up on the copyright issue. I put a post on my own blog recently after have one too many requests to “share” a pattern or friends making comments like “I’ll just give you the pattern – the designer made plenty on it already” and getting annoyed when I said no. people just don’t get it. hopefully the more people who join the chorus, the less “sharing” will happen.
    Kris´s last blog post ..Ten on Tuesday

  42. Thanks for another great post!

  43. Thanks for the link to KnitCircus. I’ve not seen this, before, so it was a sweet treat. I especially enjoyed the article on spinning; it is something that I haven’t done, but that is calling my name (if only I had more hours in each day!).

    As for the copyright violation, there is a law, the Digital Media Copyright Act (DMCA) that provides a very easy process for getting your proprietary content removed from another website. I’ve filed several DMCA Claims and they were all resolved within 48 hours.

    I gathered some relevant information for you and will send it to you via e-mail. I’ll put it in a .pdf document so you won’t have to worry about receiving a document with any viruses, etc.

    Good luck . . . Linda
    P.S. Great story about the sailor’s hats. Two ships – yippee!
    Linda´s last blog post ..Thursday Thoughts – Plarn Yarn

  44. Barbara Stoner says:

    I bet all they saw was “free pattern” and didn’t even stop to think that the people who designed it would want credit for their work. Boo to them.
    I am glad to see you had more bad than good. :)

  45. This edition of Knitcircus looks fab. I would love to win a copy! :)

  46. Always someone with a scam!! Way to go Wendy!! Your Lucy is a dear! I would like to win a free pattern collection for this current issue of Knit Circus…and thanks for the generous offer!

  47. NANCY WENBERG says:

    I am in total agreement about the stealing of copyrighted material. It is awful that people work very hard to create patterns and blogs just to have someone steal their work. Now, on a brighter note, I just adore seeing Lucy’s pictures on your blog.

  48. Oh Wendy, so sorry they stole from you! You have every right to vent & to do something about it, best of luck.

    Thanks for the tubular cast on tutorial! I just wish I had found it a few weeks ago. Your directions are so much easier to understand & follow! Next time for sure!

  49. this just drives me crazy ….. people who always try to get away with something.
    thanks for bringing this up though — people do need to be reminded, unfortunately.

    and Knitcircus? that would be wonderful. Thanks, as usual.

  50. Theowners of the pirate site are probably making money frm the ads and are paid based on traffic to their site. So visits to the website unless you are posting a pattern like the one Wendy posted will only help them. That’s why they post popular patterns that will generate traffic for them when people search for them.

    it’s unfortunate that people don’t value the skillsandworkinvolvedwith creating novelintellectual property such as patterns,music,etc.

  51. btownknitter says:

    I really like this issue of Knit Circus. Their price for all the patterns in this issue is less than $9! That is a great deal.

  52. Sharon Moon says:

    Enjoyed the Knit Circus magazine. Did I miss your name in the last page of contributors? I have really enjoyed your blog and patterns.
    On your wonderful ribbing cast on article, did I see that you first said you used size 5, then in the lower part, it says using size 4 to cast on. Regardless of size of needle, I am eager to try this on a watchcap hat soon.

    Keep on being a guardian for independent knitting designers and your customers.

  53. I can’t believe the nerve of some people. I like free patterns as much as the next person, but you don’t steal them and that is what copyright infringement is. Don’t they realize if they keep doing things like that, people will quit posting legitimate free patterns. I guess they don’t. You go Wendy. We are with you. Thank you for all you do for the knitting community.

  54. I love the Knit Circus giveaways!

    Now perhaps some people out there still need to figure out the difference between giving away and taking what’s not yours to take. Thanks for fighting the thieves.

    On this website that you write about, under Accessories there is a pattern called How to be a JERK. It is another along the lines of what you submitted Wendy.

  55. KnitCircus is a great concept !
    Gerry´s last blog post ..Fiesta – Baby Boom

  56. Thank you Wendy for your topic. I know you hate to be negative but I think we all need to understand what the copyright law is about. I always thought that as long as I paid for the pattern I could “Share” it with whomever I wished. Now being informed about the law, I try very hard to respect the artist and their copyright.
    Again, I say thank you for your post.
    Oh by the way, I would love a Knit Circus….
    Celestine

  57. Lisa Downing says:

    Some people will take anything that isn’t tied down! I’d love the KnitCircus patterns! Happy Thanksgiving everyone! LisaD in upstate NY

  58. I’m sorry your work is being stolen by unscrupulous people. I agree that you should contact both Google and the website owner to apprise them of the situation. One glance at a few patterns will get the message across.

    Thank you for posting an article about tubular cast ons. I’ve been wanting to learn it for a while.

  59. I am so sorry to hear about all of this pattern/blog post craziness!

  60. Good for you! Loved your ‘free pattern’!

  61. im just lori says:

    Yay for the hats for sailors! And YAY for the Knitcircus! I saw a pattern or two in there I’d love to have…pick me! Pick me!

    (and BOO to the icky, trolling, evil non-crediting site)

  62. The closest I’ve wanted to sharing, is to share the source if it wasn’t linked or I couldn’t find it. This isn’t like trying to (in the o,d age of cassette tapes!) copy a song from the radio (and the dj always talked over a bit too!) :)

    Sorry for your headaches

  63. Thanks for the informative posts. A lot of people are just not familiar with the laws or how the Internet works when it comes to copyright issues.

  64. You go girl!

  65. Good: thank you for the KnitCirus opportunity!
    Bad: the stress that this copyright issue has caused you. For that I am very sorry. May those responsible be discovered. Many thanks for the reminder of an ongoing problem…

  66. I understand your frustration! It was bad enough when it was done in private but taking someone elses work & posting it on the web is really brazen.
    I glanced at the online magazine & saw some interesting patterns I’d love to win:)

  67. Sunnyknitter says:

    Well, that’s one site I won’t be going back to. Thanks for the notice. Hope they wise up!
    Love Knit Circus!

  68. This Canadian is appalled … that kind of crap isn’t any less illegal up here than it is down there. (I’ve lost track of where our Internet/copyright legislation changes are at the moment … our laws may be even stricter than yours now)

    I have put a linkless this-site-will-never-be-linked-due-to-theft note on my own weblist of knitting links (strictly links, never content) … with your permission I’d be happy to make that note direct any readers to this particular post in your blog so they can learn what’s going on.

  69. Ha ha ha, loved your “pattern”. What gets me is that there are so many generous designers on the Internet who make their work available for free, but instead of accepting it as the gracious gift it is, some people always want to gouge a little more. Can’t afford knitting patterns? Knitty lets you download for free; and some bloggers make some of their patterns available for nothing; and Ravelry has some free patterns. Or – go to a library, and borrow an actual book, and find some patterns there. Am I too old-fashioned?

  70. Thanks for the Bad part of the post. Copyright has always been and issue, but with the internet it is even more so. Every field is affected so your post at least will help raise awareness. Congrats on another article in KnitCircus – I’ll win those free patterns for you – save your random number generator a spin!
    Cathy E´s last blog post ..It’s Been a Long Time!

  71. I applaud you for stating your feelings about pirated material. I am not a blogger or a designer but I am on Ravelry and I find it offensive to have people asking me to “share” something I paid for. Designers deserve to be paid for their work and I do not have a right to give away something they sell. I do not respond to these requests to share, I guess that is what a delete key is for………..

  72. I agree with you. PLEASE pick me for the knitcircus

  73. Those sites are so annoying! I agree with you Wendy.

    Interesting, the “free knitting pattern” site seems to be unavailable now.

  74. HOLY COW!!!! I don’t know what that link went to when you posted it, but what’s there now has NOTHING to do with knitting!!! Yuk!

  75. Wendy, I think you got them to realize how wrong they were. I tried pulling it up and it says the site is not available…..

  76. That site is hosted by “hostmonster.com” which includes a prohibition on hosting pirated material. It’s section 9, paragraph 3 of their TOS which is at http://www.hostmonster.com/cgi/info/terms.html. Hostmonster has a terms of service compliance department on their contact us page. URLs of the pirated material would be helpful to them, I’m sure.
    Only the owners of pirated materials should contact them, of course.

    I had to remove photos of my original work from Ravelry. I don’t make patterns. It was hard to believe the kind of hate mail refusing to “just type up” a pattern for somebody engenders.

    Probably best not to direct those who want you to “share” to the library. They’d steal the book or tear out the pattern.

  77. yep, I think you took them down, or at least they claim to be doing maintenance. verrry interesting, dontcha think??
    so you will have to post your “pattern” for all of us to see YOUR creativity.
    meanwhile yes to KnitCircua.

  78. I’ve been knitting a bunch of tiny toys recently, from the fabulous “Teeny Tiny Mochi Mochi” and a friend of mine suggested I make more to sell. I told her, aside from the issue that I’m not really trying to turn my hobby into an income, the patterns are copyrighted and it would be illegal to sell them. She said that I bought the book, the yarn, and did the knitting, I should be able to sell them. I tried to explain it to her, but she just couldn’t wrap her mind around the idea that I couldn’t sell something I’d made with my own hands.

  79. Many people consider anything on the internet is free game if they or someone else can figure out how to grab it.

  80. Wow, the site even states that the patterns are being used with the designers consent that’s in poor taste. I heard of a site similar last year that was ripping content from peoples rss feeds. The site is currently unaviable.

    Need to go back and read a couple of the articles in Knitcircus.
    Melissa´s last blog post ..Manly Socks Finished

  81. Good work! The nefarious website appears to have been taken down. The forces for good have prevailed today!
    Laurie´s last blog post ..It’s Another Day in Paradise

  82. Sorry for 2 posts in one day, but wanted to clear up some apparent confusion regarding plagiarized content on the Internet and how website owners make money.

    * Visiting the “free knitting patterns” website will not result in any monetary benefit to that website’s owner unless you click on an advertisement on their website and then make a purchase from the company whose ad you clicked. In that case, the “free knitting patterns’” owner will get what is referred to as an “affiliate” commission.

    * Before you jump to any conclusions about the advertisers, you should understand that they have no idea as to where their ads will appear. They simple purchase ad space from Google and specify the category of website (or keywords such as knitting patterns on which they want their ads to appear.

    * Google’s algorithms are capable of spotting duplicate content on the Internet and knowing which website first published the content. So, publishing the pirated content shouldn’t help this “free knitting patterns” website to rank more highly in the search engine results. Google will see that the content originated on wendyknits.net and will give more weight to her content.

    * In all likelihood, a human being never laid eyes on the pirated content. Website such as “free knitting patterns” are completely automated. They pull in RSS feed and streams of data which are automatically republished. Once this type of website is created, it runs on autopilot with no need for human intervention. So, while I believe that people who set up these types of websites are the scum of the Internet, nobody sat down and made a conscious decision to go to Wendy’s website and steal one of her patterns.

    * If this sort of content piracy enrages you, then you might want to ask your congressional leaders to back legislation such as SOPA (Stop Online Piracy Act) in the House and Protect IP Act in the Senate. In their current forms, these bills may have issues, but their intent to protect copyright holders and punish those who violate (and those who enable violation of) copyrights and trademarks is, in my opinion, worthy. I hope congress enacts some workable, reasonable version of one of the proposals.

    * In the meantime, if you find that your proprietary content has been pirated or plagiarized and you have no way to contact the site owner (or he/she does not respond), submit a DMCA (Digital Millenium Copyright Act) Complaint with the webhosting service of the offending website. You can find the host/domain registrar by typing in “whois” into the Google search box. Then, select any of the top results and use their website to look up the registration information for the miscreant website owner. You’ll need the information in the “whois” lookup to file your DMCA Claim.

    * If you are the owner of a WordPress blog, you can get a free plugin for DMCA Website Protection and Takedown. Just search for WordPress DMCA Plugin and you’ll find information on obtaining and installing the plugin.

    Sorry to get carried away. There is just too much misunderstanding and not enough good, factual information out there – and this is a topic of considerable importance to us small web owners.

    Thanks for indulging me . . . Linda
    Linda´s last blog post ..Joining Stitches on a Circular Knitting Needle Into a Round

  83. Knitcircus! Would love it!

  84. Thanks for continuing your blog, and for the free content you provide to grateful knitters. I direct knitters to your blog, books and articles frequently (something to do with the fact that a good proportion of what they’ve seen me knitting has either been written by you or inspired by you :)) Campaigns such as what you propose can work. May this one too! Meantime I’m off to read the Knitcircus article and see what’s new!

  85. Beware! When I clicked, it became a porno site! lol

  86. All the links to the “free knitting pattern” site now link to icky porn. :-(
    Calophi´s last blog post ..War Against WIPs #17

  87. Love the KnitCircus.

    Glad your efforts seem to have been resolved (at least for now) by Google. The links in your post now just lead into a Google loop. No access to the pirate site that I could find.
    Susan´s last blog post ..How We Treat Each Other

  88. I just checked the link to the website and it was “closed for construction” Wendy, I believe you brought about this “construction”. Nice job! That’s a score for indie designers everywhere. I can’t believe that people would try and guilt trip you into doing somthing illegal. I was wondering, what would be considered correctly giving credit if someone were to want to link to a certin pattern? I certainly don’t want to do somthing the deprives a designer or their rightful credit but I would like to mentions some patterns on my blog. Thanks for all you do for the knitting community and any advise you could give.

  89. So glad to see that “free knitting patterns” site is no longer available. Perhaps someone got the message!

  90. KnitCircus sounds very nice, would love the patterns.

  91. It’s the downfall of “respect” for other people’s things. Really. It sounds like you could have designed another books’- worth of projects with all of that “anger energy”. I clean the house best when I’m mad at someone. I love your blog. and KnitCircus.

  92. Nice article in the Knit Circus, Wendy! Thanks for 10 chances to win the current pattern collection. I just found on their site where to sign up for emails and now I’m happy I will know as soon as a new issue is out. Also, thanks for taking a screen shot of that “pattern” on that “other” site. Very creative person, great take on the awful thing going on at that site. I was disappointed that whatever you wrote there is not showing up anymore in the link that you gave. Did you manage to get a screen shot of that, too? Would love to see it!
    That said, I have to tell you that it’s because of you that I can knit from a chart now, and it’s because of you that I’m hooked on lace knitting! I have your newest lace book and it’s great!

  93. All it takes is for you to complain, and to get the rest of us to back you up. The site seems to be gone completely. Hooray for speaking up!!

  94. Thank goodness for real knitting sites /blogs like Wendy’s and all the kntting goodness they share. It pays to stand up and speak out for what’s right, Wendy! And thanks also for sharing the chance to win a copy of Knit Circus. I love Ripen in the latest issue!

  95. KathyM in SE VA says:

    This whole blog has been fascinating. At first I was mad, very mad at the bad. Then thanks to Linda, amazed at how the bad comes in to existence. I belong to about four different groups of knitters and can boldly declare that not one of us has “shared” a purchased pattern. We don’t even ask. Respect for all designers is affordable! Congrats on de-constructing the site.

  96. Awesome new Knit Circus! I love browsing their magazine. The piracy issue is sad.

  97. First, I’d LOVE to win this Knit Circus issue. It’s fantastic! Second…thank you so much for bringing attention to this website. I didn’t get to see it as you removed the links since the site was taken down, but I still appreciate your posting about it. I have a pattern in the 2008 Summer issue of Knitty and the thought of it being on an unauthorized site makes me cringe. That’s MY pattern and only KNITTY has the right to publish it. They worked hard to tech edit and format the pattern and I worked hard writing it. No one else should put it on their site. EVER. Go Wendy! (Hi Lucy!)

  98. The new KnitCircus looks fantastic. I love all of the patterns, and your tutorial looks really neat.

  99. My little guy has been asking for a watchcap! Would love to make him one with your pattern.

  100. Goodness — the crap you have to deal with!