Fabric of the Week: A correction and an apology
Hi Stephen & Kim!
I just wanted to let you know that your latest Spoonflower winner used my prints without my permission. It is based off this: http://aprintaday.blogspot.
The printed fabric:
All my artwork for download is for personal enjoyment only so sales are not allowed unless a commercial license is purchased. Do you mind letting the winner know as well? I'm sure this was done without your knowledge so I just wanted to give you a head's up :)
Thanks for understanding!
Yasmine's note is characteristically kind, gentle and understanding, but the problem it brings to our attention is a serious issue. Uploading someone else's design to your own account on Spoonflower without explicit permission to do so is a violation of our Terms of Service. Apart from the legal issues that go into the operating agreement of a web site such as ours, there is another element -- a bit harder to put into words -- that is just as important. Let's call it the spirit of community. On Spoonflower -- as on many other web sites you probably use in your daily life -- we have the opportunity to share the things we create with one another. Sharing is not required, it's optional. It's also a privilege. Taking other people's work and representing it as your own is, obviously, a violation of the spirit of our community as well as of our terms of service. It's disappointing. I'm very, very sorry we didn't catch this issue before today, and also very grateful to Yasmine for taking it in stride.
A few more notes on this before I send another email to the entire community (sorry mail servers!) explaining the error.
* This design was not copied from Spoonflower itself. The thumbnails of public designs visible on our site are not large enough to print from and get a good result. Yasmine is generous enough to make her designs available for download on her own site, which is how this person got the design and uploaded it to Spoonflower - representing it as her own work.
* We are awarding our contest prize this week -- five yards of free fabric -- to Yasmine. The other person's account has been suspended.
* Spoonflower is all about sharing, but it's also about respecting copyright and the creative work of others. We try to make that clear. While we can't monitor every design that is uploaded to our site, we have zero tolerance for copying when it is brought to our attention.
If anyone has any questions or comments, the best forum for them is probably in the comment thread for this post.