Last winter I wrote two blog posts about copyright infringement as it applies to beadwork. At the time, I had experience only as an ignorant and unintentional infringer, and had not really given much thought to being infringed upon. It seemed to me that it would not be different from seeing copies of my ballroom dance costume designs, which happens to me fairly frequently. But I was very wrong about that, and I was shocked by my own reaction to the situation.
Then I explained that I work in an industry by day that copyright does not apply to, and consequently have experienced seeing copies of my designs before, and I finished the convo with:
"Do I think it's a copy? Sure. But it's not a perfect one, although substantially accurate in most details. Do I really care? Nah. But I am really glad to know it's out there. I'd love to do a blog post on it!!! I might just ask her if she'd mind my featuring her work on my blog. What do you think she'll say?"
Then I sent the beader who had copied my necklace a convo:
"How interesting. Would you object if I did a blog post on your Peacock Beaded Necklace? You can see my blog at ..."