Ok, here’s a moral-ethical dilemma for you. I believe, strongly, in defending my own intellectual property rights. I try to respect others’ rights online by adhering to the usual blogging conventions (linking to the people I quote, for example).
But what do you do when a seemingly good cause — knitalongs for the victims of the Virginia Tech shooting — infringes on your IP?
Check out this KAL and this KAL. They’re both using a yarn ball image that was made expressly for me by the illustrator of Knitgrrl and Knitgrrl 2 for use in my online shop. It’s not the first time someone’s stolen this image and used it for their own project, either. I feel terrible complaining about it since it’s a good cause, but then again, if I don’t assert my rights, that’s a bad thing, too.
What do you do in this situation?
update: I talked to both KAL organizers via email and they did take it down, on their sites at least. Hurrah! I also took down the photo here because the shop‘s currently down for a software upgrade and the images folder is behind a password-protected wall that unfortunately will pop up a login window even if you’re not on the actual shop site itself.