Mon Oct 05, 2009 7:19 pm
Good points Dredge, it's certainly not as bad as selling patterns. Except for two main things....
1) Anyone who has access to Zombie Pumpkins patterns is a member, and has thus consented to the Member Agreement when joining, which states, "Prohibited Use: You may not sell the patterns or products that make use of the pattern designs (i.e. pre-carved pumpkins, printed shirts, etc)."
2) Although I'm not selling carved pumpkins with my designs right now, I may want to do so in the future, and should reserve the right to use my copyrighted designs. Suppose you spent hours doing some nice art photography, and then found out that someone else was printing books or posters with your photos, and making a profit. That shouldn't be allowed, and it's why copyright law was invented.
If someone wanted to sell carved foam pumpkins for friends and family (to cover the cost of the pumpkin) that would be fine. If someone was raffling off a carved pumpkin for charity, I'd totally endorse that.
But when someone is repeatedly selling foam pumpkins on ebay, for a marked up price, with no credit to the original stencil designer.... it seems pretty clear they are just trying to make a buck, with half the effort. Why not design their own stencils and carve those?