While I was up, I did a lot of thinking about the situation with my files being "borrowed" by another blogger (she did apologize, and I respect her for that), about some of my gyspy files that people have had problems with (mystery solved by TheBugBytes and Makeupgirl217 - THANK YOU LADIES!), and about some of the new projects running around in my brain.
I'm going to be working to fix my gypsy files and uploading them again, so if you have one that isn't working properly, give me a few days and try to download it again. It will note that it's the updated version of the file.
Now, you all know about the events of the last few days, and many of you have been involved in the discussion about protecting your own designs. I have done a lot of thinking since Wednesday about how I want to handle sharing my files now, and I have come to the conclusion that I won't let this incident stop me from creating and sharing as I always have. I really never considered that as an option. It's a very positive thing in my life, and it gives me great joy. You're stuck with me for a loooong time!
That doesn't mean that I'm not going to do more to protect my work. I have taken several measures to do so in the last couple of days. I have signed up with two services, thanks to the advice of some other very helpful and generous designers, and I recommend that any of you who share your designs do the same. If you're just getting started, do it now so you won't have to spend the HOURS going back to do it that I'm now going to have to do. PLEASE, don't let what happened to me stop you from taking part in this amazing community, but do take some precautions.
The two services are:
My Free Copyright
I've also written up a Notice of Copyright that I will include with all files that I share from now on. Over the next week, I'll be working to replace all of my files with zip files that include the cut file, photos, tutorials and my copyright notice, and that notice states that my files are to be given to others only in the format of the original zip file so that the copyright information will be passed along as well. I have uploaded a copy of my notice, and you are welcome to download it and use it as a model for your own. This is the one time that you CAN copy it (link is above, in the first sentence of this paragraph) for your own use - changing the personal information to your own, of course. It's in a pdf, so you won't be able to copy and paste unless you have a full version of Adobe Reader, but you can copy the wording. Use any program you have to type it up, then go to cutepdf.com for a freeware version of a pdf writer to convert it to a pdf. If you download my copyright notice, PLEASE leave me a comment here. I would love to know how many people it helps!
Finally for the good news, I have TONS of new projects on the drawing table! There is one coming tomorrow, so check back for it! And, I just have to spill the beans...there's BLOG CANDY coming very soon! Anybody ready for EASTER projects???
Cricut Kisses and Crafty Wishes!