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Creative Common’s License Updated

November 11, 2010

Due to an ongoing problem with a scraper site (a website populated with ads, and which steals others content to appear as a legitimate site), I have updated my Creative Commons License, seen in my sidebar, to include No Commercial Use of these pages without written permission from me. With that update, I have also updated my Copyright Statement, also found in the side bar to the right. For the record, this blog and my youtube channel is not associated with “buy parchment craft,” (I will not give a link nor the full URL so as not to drive traffic to their site) nor do I wish to be.

I work hard to bring quality content to parchment craft enthusiasts and those that want to learn more about parchment crafting from around the world. I offer you my learning experiences and provide information. That a website is using my intellectual property, as well as others, solely to look like a legitimate website for their own financial gain, I find to be abhorrent, at the very least. But because this site complied, in part, with some of the US copyright laws with regards to this blog, what is left may very well be in a grey area, however I believe how they are profiting from my intellectual property is a violation of US Copyright laws.

I encourage other parchers with websites or blogs to continue to link to each other. Reciprocating links are an integral part of becoming recognized in search engines, which in turn makes it easier for new parchers to find quality information instead of scraper sites when they search the internet. After all, putting our designs and information on the web is so that other parchers can find us!

To the scraper sites: This is public notice that if any of my posts, videos and pages found within my blog or youtube channel, all of which are copyrighted, are used for your financial gain without my written permission, I will not hesitate to seek legal recourse.

To all my parcher friends, new, old and yet to be met: I truly apologize for having to write such a public rant. Please understand that I highly value each and every post that I write, and I cannot, nor will not, sit by and let my intellectual property be used by an illegitimate site.

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9 Comments
  1. November 11, 2010 2:16 pm

    No apology necessary as far as I am concerned. Unfortunately, this kind of thing happens all too often in so many areas. It’s good that you are taking a stand and working to protect yourself.

    • November 11, 2010 2:25 pm

      Christine, thank you for your understanding. There has been two lines of thought fighting scraping sites — it’s going to happen so just leave it alone, or bang your head against the wall fighting. Obviously, I fell into the latter camp!

  2. November 11, 2010 2:18 pm

    Thanks so much for posting this important information, Chiara. I am also one of those ‘others’ who is dealing with this issue and I have also updated my own Creative Commons License, with the new information in my blog side bar, and I will be posting a similar update on my blog so my readers will understand what is (and has been) going on for some time now.

    It’s such a sad thing to see the cyber world coming to all this. The constant battle with sites that steal the works of hard working, creative people is, at times exceptionally overwhelming, to say the least. It’s not a fun place to be I assure you!!

    • November 11, 2010 2:30 pm

      V, as you well know, I do believe that if those of us that have been targeted stick together, we shall overcome. These sorts of sites are lazy — they collect information via automated technology and cannot be bothered to write their own content. I hate that I have had to spend as much time on them as I have, but on the other hand, I want to feel free to be able to write what I want without fear of being connected to them.

      • November 11, 2010 2:46 pm

        I’ve been here fighting this mess since it began so I’m not going anywhere!! It takes a lot out of us when we have to dedicate the time we ‘should’ be creating and sharing, to constantly dedicating even more time to literally protecting our own works….even when we have clearly stated everywhere that is legally required, that everything is copyrighted. With life the way it is today, this will be a never ending cycle, but I agree….if those of us who have been targeted stick together we will see a light at the end of the tunnel….eventually :))

  3. dorita permalink
    November 11, 2010 2:40 pm

    Im so sorry you have to do that…Those sites ruin all the fun of the Internet as a open place.
    Wish you luck!
    Love

    • November 11, 2010 7:01 pm

      Thank you Dorita! You are absolutely correct, they do take all the fun out of the net!

  4. Nelly permalink
    November 11, 2010 3:37 pm

    Chiara, I agree with you about this all. It’s terrible to see that people “steal” all they can and use it for themselves.
    I hope you are in the possiblity to protect your work and the work you have put on your blog from others. I have discovered you can download all you want………….and that makes me not happy.
    Good luck with your blog and I hope thing will turn to the right and you don’t have to have fear about this all……….

  5. SueJ permalink
    November 12, 2010 5:23 am

    Hi Chiara,
    It must be so frustrating for you.
    I remember a similar problem a few years ago with a genealogy site selling CD’s.
    I don’t suppose it will ever stop but it is good to see that you and others a making a stand. If you can protect your site then your efforts will be worth while. I enjoy your blog with it’s vast amount of information and friendship. Keep up the good work and keep going.
    Sue.

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