Time for a re-cap I am afraid ladies! I am sure you are all aware of the guidance that is printed at the top of all 'Cards made in......' posts and they all still stand. If you have not read them for a while, please have another look and refresh your memory. There are, however, a few other points we feel we should highlight:
Please do not ask on the forum if you can borrow anyone's craft equipment or for them to cut die shapes, emboss card or anything else like that to send to you, even if you offer to send the card and pay P&P - it is a breech of copyright. We know die cuts are sold on Ebay, but they really should not be. What two friends or family members share between themselves is a whole different matter. Just not on here please ladies
Using a stamp, scanning it in to your computer and then altering it in any way using any computer programme is likely to be illegal - you could still be breaking copyright rules. The same applies to digi images and to anything taken from a commercial CD unless the 'legals' on the website or with the CD give permission for alterations to be made. Indeed, some companies insist that credit is given when items made using their designs are sold. It is worth noting that if you have got a second hand CD, stamp or die you are unlikely to have any rights to use it at all, copyright is usually only granted to the original purchaser or recipient in the case of a gift. This is why we had to stop selling on of pre-loved craft items.
I am delighted to see the post in this section that PeeJay started has been read nearly 4000 times - it is worth reading again. It is really worrying that when you buy, for example, ribbon with a 'copyrighted character' on, that it is illegal to sell anything you have made with that product as some people found out to their cost. It is fine to use it to make a card to give to someone, but not to sell it on. This applies to any product including paper, card, buttons - I could go on, but I hope you get the idea![/li]
Your admin team are not paranoid - well maybe we are (!) - we really are just trying to keep everyone (including ourselves!) safe. I am sure we err on the side of caution, but I hope you all agree that is better than being reckless?
Happy and SAFE crafting ladies. Smiley