I wish I knew enough to write about what's right and wrong with regards to copyright, ethics or legal issues. I only know what I would and wouldn't like for my blog. And at the end of the day, it really all boils down to etiquette. So I thought I'd make a hopefully helpful list or two. Some of these are rather silly and self-explanatory, but they made me laugh when I listed them, so I left them in:
Things that are perfectly OK with me; no permission needed from me:
- Putting ikatbag in your blogroll.
- Subscribing to ikatbag in your aggregator e.g. google reader
- Linking to ikatbag from your blog in some list, say, in your sidebar e.g. "Bizarre Blogs By The Mentally Unsound"
- Linking to a particular ikatbag post in some list, say, in your sidebar e.g. "Bizarre Projects That Question A Person's Sanity"
- Linking to a particular ikatbag post in your post e.g. "ikatbag made this bizarre thing today out of chicken wire, corn starch and a plastic pollypocket doll - check it out here"
- Using the picture of my banner (the thing that has my blog name at the top of the blog) on your site and linking to it.
- Writing about ikatbag or any of my projects or posts in your blog.
- Calling the blog ikatbag or Ikatbag or Ikat Bag or ikat bag.
- Calling me LiEr or Lier or Li Er or Li er. Or Lorraine. Or just "she". Or "her".
- Using one or two of my photos for the purpose of linking back to my blog or post.
- Pinning my images.
- Posting/publishing multiple photos, even with a link back to the post or blog. The point is if it begins to look like a sizable part of my post or tutorial is being reproduced on another site, that's not nice.
- Posting/publishing photos with my children's faces in them - if you really want to use a photo with my kid's face in it, because it's sort of relevant, please email me to ask. I don't mind if you use a photo with my kid's foot or some other non-distinguising body part.
- Posting/publishing any portion of my tutorial instructions (including printables) without informing me. This is in response to people lifting entire tutorials and "pasting" them on their sites, even with links. That's rude. Sometimes people even translate them into a different language. That's still rude.
- Posting/publishing any portion of the prose I wrote e.g. the How To Buy Fabric With Small Children one.
Thank you all for understanding!
Updated March 20 2012