Recently, Karri G wrote with this question:
“What do you say when someone wants you to make them a copy of a pattern without sounding holy than thou?”
First of all, can I just say I don’t care about sounding “holier than thou”. I think a little righteous indignation is a good thing in this instance, because maybe it will change the game.
Instead of “OK, let me copy that for you” being a standard answer, let’s practice a few new ones:
- No. Copying a pattern is stealing.
- No. Copying a pattern is a copyright violation.
- No. Copying a pattern cheats a designer out of the income they deserve.
- No. If it inspires you, you should honor the designer by purchasing it.
- No. You wouldn’t ask me to steal food for you, so please don’t ask me to help steal a pattern.
- No. I don’t copy patterns. Please buy your own.
I know that we nice women prefer not to say NO, but in this case, I think we need to get used to it. Give it a try… it’s pretty empowering!
And Karri – thanks for writing with the question, and linking your copy-happy friends to my WASWI writings! On behalf of my industry, a huge thank you!