An open letter addressed to a 30-something blogger who decided to steal my Amy pattern and pass it off as her own. If imitation is the highest form of flattery, then this thief certainly deserves a thank you note from me.
Dear amigurumi pattern thief,
I can’t begin to tell you how much I love your little Amy amigurumi doll whose pattern you are so generously giving away for free! But somehow I have this nagging feeling of having seen your Amy somewhere. Oh, wait! That’s my pattern—translated into a language I don’t understand—and those are the photographs I took in my craft room!
While I may appreciate you posting my photographs on your blog (after all I encourage sharing), what deeply concerns me is your total disregard for my request that this pattern is not to be published in its entirety on any websites (or anywhere else for that matter) without my permission. What disturbs me even more is that you are now passing it off as your own.
If you had asked for my permission to translate it and publish it on your blog with due credit to the designer, I would have gladly agreed. Instead you decided not only to publish a translated version of my work on your blog but also claim it as your own. That, in my book, is called stealing. It’s people like you who demotivate people like me who invest hours upon hours in designing amigurumis and then give away their patterns for free.
Shame on you.
P.S. I have notified the friendly neighborhood Blogger copyright infringement complaints unit regarding your little stunt and you’ll be hearing from them soon.
UPDATE: (4 June, 2013) The blogger has taken down the post.