During these scannerless months, I haven't been too happy with my photos of motifs. But the camera is better for things that aren't flat, like this bracelet. Yippee, I have found my long lost Palmetto class bracelet. I had given it up for lost, but it turned up while I was looking for something else. Of course. Someone had given me the teapot clasp the year before and I saved it until this perfect project came along. Isn't it sweet?
DH has finally located the scanner installation disc, so I hope to be back to scanning soon.
For those who didn't get the full story of what I was ranting about last time: People scan pattern books and post them online, which is copyright infringement. Then those same people, or someone else who has found their websites, pin the pages on Pinterest or share them on Facebook, etc. Then other people who may not be thinking about copyright issues repin them and it goes on from there, The author/designer may not even be aware this is going on.
You may see a pattern online with no designer's name or copyright notice, and assume it's not copyrighted. But that's probably not true. The author's name and copyright notice usually appear just at the beginning of the book, not on every page, but each page is still under legal copyright. If you see a pattern (whether written out or diagrammed) that's nicely done, especially if it looks like a page from a book, there is a high likelihood that it is copyrighted. Even a free pattern is under copyright, and the designer may have asked that it not be reposted elsewhere.
If you see a pattern posted on Pinterest, think twice before re-pinning it. Click on it to see the source of the image. If that does not take you to the designer's own site, or some other clearly recognizable reputable site, it could be a pirated pattern. If you aren't positive that the pattern was posted by the designer him/herself, then don't re-pin to avoid the possibility of spreading the piracy problem. Don't re-pin questionable images because that's the right thing to do. Or do it from self-interest. Pinterest says, "Pinterest enforces a repeat infringer policy that may result in the termination of users who acquire multiple strikes as a result of copyright complaints." You wouldn't want to find yourself in that situation so be responsible about pinning patterns.
The exception is public domain patterns, whose copyright has expired. There are complex rules that govern this, so again, if you aren't sure, it's safest not to do it.