I don't usually link to other people's blogs and say "read this" but today I will make an exception.
There has been much hoohah on various quilt lists and blogs about a certain copyright case, which I mentioned in a recent post of my own. Of all the hundreds of comments I've read regarding this case, there's only one that I would recommend you read, and it's this blog post by Leah Day. She titled her post "copyright terrorism" and I think she chose her words aptly.
It's a long post and you may want to skim over some of the details, but please stay tuned until you get to the end and read Leah's exchange with Kate Spain, the fabric designer whose threatened lawsuit set off the whole thing.
Basically Leah says that if the quilting industry gets any more bogged down in worrying about who is (perhaps) copying whom and who might conceivably make a dollar that might conceivably belong to somebody else, it will hobble everybody's creativity. I won't repeat her arguments -- go read them yourself -- but will say that I agree entirely.
Unless we all plan to paint, print, dye or otherwise create our own fabrics for everything we ever make as fiber artists, and unless we all can swear that we were never influenced in any way by any other piece of art, craft, architecture, furniture, clothing, cinema, photography or edible foodlike substance made by any other person, we all should be concerned about these issues. Please read Leah's post, and let me know whether you agree.