The Mystery of the Purloined Embroidery Art
When you post something on the internet, you never know where it might turn up. In the below case, an artist’s original embroidery design was apparently borrowed for the cover art on a book entitled, appropriately, “The Long Stitch Good Night: An Embroidery Mystery.” The embroidery piece was apparently reproduced in graphic art form, but this, still would violate the original artist’s exclusive rights to create derivative works from her original embroidery piece. See 17 U.S.C. 106 (2).
Maybe the “embroidery mystery” is how this usage made its way through Penguin’s legal clearance process?
- Scott A. Burroughs, Esq. ( [email protected] )
I am an artist, designer and owner of a small business called SeptemberHouse. My business focuses mostly on needlecraft, specifically embroidery. I design and sell embroidery patterns and recently found out that one of them showed up on the cover of a mass market paperback without my permission.
The pattern was one that I had posted on my blog as a free promotional pattern. Pattern designers often do this to generate views as well as interest and buzz about their work. I always clearly indicate that they are for personal use and copyrighted. This particular pattern is called “She Scatters Shamrocks” and was released in February 2010 just before St. Patrick’s Day.
A few months ago, a reader who is familiar with this pattern contacted me to tell me that she saw it on a book cover and wanted to let me know because she wasn’t sure it was supposed to be there. I’m so glad she did this because it was NOT supposed to be there and had she not told me, I would have never known. The book is called “The Long Stitch Good Night” and is written by Amanda Lee a.k.a Gayle Trent published by Penguin/Signet books. It is part of a series of mystery books with a needlework theme. This particular one also had an Irish theme.
- Book cover containing artwork stolen from embroidery pattern designer
My embroidery pattern appears in the lower right side of the image. It’s small but it is definitely there. I was never contacted by the publisher or illustrator, asked permission to use the image or given any credit or compensation.
I have distributed a number of DMCA notifications and the image has been removed from some sites. I am still waiting to receive responses on others. At this point I am still deciding on what other action to take.
I also wrote recently wrote a post about this situation on my blog, so september.