I’m feeling a little whacked this week. More than a year of working 7 days a week, 12 hours a day has taken it’s toll. I’m sore, dead-tired and a little depressed.
My little shop has been struggling to make sales lately and to be very frank it pisses me off. I recently managed to get my hands on some stats from a popular ‘free pattern download’ website. My patterns were illegally downloaded 22,000 times last financial year just from this one site.
The math on that is staggering. That’s $143,000 worth of stolen patterns. If these people had paid for one 10th of them I wouldn’t be so worried about having to close my shop and get a job that allows me to feed my family.
Why is there a need to steal a pattern that costs only $6.50? It’s a fraction of what is being spent on fabric and notions. Why do people hate designers with a hot hate that makes them go out of their way, purposefully, to steal their livelihood? I don’t understand it. I don’t understand why these people need to brag about getting ‘one up’ on designers. Why?
I wish I could point a finger at this site and tell you it’s located in some far off country, one where copyright is lax and is frequently dismissed with a wave of the hand. But this website/group is based in the US, and the majority of these 22,000 illegally downloaded patterns were downloaded by Australians and Americans.
I’ve got to ask myself is it worth it. xx