First of all, the winner of my review copy of Weekend Wraps: 18 Quick Knit Cowls, Scarves & Shawls by
My Pool & Conquer is done!
To recap, this is a wrap/cowl designed by Martina Behm. I made mine from one skein of Wollmeise Lacegarn in the Franz colorway.
I love it as a cowl:
I love Martina Behm’s patterns — she has such clever ideas for unusual constructions that result in lovely wearable finished products. So when I heard the following, I was more than a little perturbed.
You probably know of DROPS Design — a Norwegian yarn company that offers thousands of free patterns in quite a range of languages on their website.
This pattern was pointed out to me. If it looks familiar, that’s probably because you are familiar with Martina’s pattern Lefty. I’ve compared the photos of the two patterns side by side and they are pretty darn close to identical. Martina’s pattern was published in 2012, the DROPS pattern was posted in their Autumn & Winter 2016/2017 collection. Looking at the DROPS pattern, I see it starts with the long edge and has you decrease down to the point while Martina’s pattern starts with just a few stitches and increases to many. I wonder — is that a big enough difference in a pattern to make it NOT a copyright violation?
I don’t know — I am not a lawyer and copyright issues are confusing. Whether this is an actual infringement or not, I think it is stinky (and that, my friends, is a bona fide legal term 😉 ). And I am told that people who left comments about the similarity of the DROPS design and Martina’s Lefty not only had the comment deleted, but were banned from the DROPS site.
Draw your own conclusions.
I love indy designers and I love Martina’s designs. Stuff like this just makes me want to support indy designers and eschew big companies all the more.
On August 2, 2013 this purring bundle of floof came to live with me.
Yesterday was my third Loki-versary. Seems like it was yesterday!