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Mad Knitty Project - Qualified Perceptions
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Mad Knitty Project
The following is a work in progress, attempting to organize the knitting patterns I have (which includes a lot of magazines and a smaller lot of books) into something that can be coherently searched in a fashion other than spending six hours paging through them all.

http://www.mit.edu/~boojum/KnitIndex

Username: knit
Password: purl

It's password protected to make it look a little less likely like a violation of intellectual property rights, though I'm pondering whether I think it's either illegal or unethical. (For those who don't care to go look, but are curious what I'm talking about, it has scans of the pictures for knitting patterns I own, but doesn't post the actual patterns).

My instinct is that it's too much content to be fair use, though the content isn't actually useful to the average thief, so it's ethically okay. On the other hand, it's the sort of thing that Alice Starmore's lawyers would send me a cease-and-desist letter about, I think (see http://www.girlfromauntie.com/journal/021217.asp; she seems to have gone off the deep end in asking people to not use her name in such cases as selling her yarn, or in a discussion board for enthusiasts of her work). I can't see how it could cause damages, though, unless the assumption is that the sweaters will be reverse engineered from the pictures (and you could do that from browsing the magazine in a store

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twe From: twe Date: May 27th, 2004 10:05 am (UTC) (Link)
Well, Amazon does let you search through whole books and browse scans of part of them.

Would it be different (okay?) if the scans were only on your home computer? In that case posting on a password protected website is probably about the same, I'd think. Though, hmm, perhaps not if you've then posted the password in public...
firstfrost From: firstfrost Date: May 27th, 2004 10:52 am (UTC) (Link)
Amazon has gotten permission from the book publishers to do that; a lot of their books don't have the full scans available, because they don't have permission for those.

I think, legally, making the pages password-protected but the password public is probably the same as making the pages public, but practically, it means they won't appear on google or other search engines. (Not that searching for images of "Things that look like my sweater!" is at all a solved technology...)
mijven From: mijven Date: May 27th, 2004 10:25 am (UTC) (Link)

The story stops midstream! There I was, lured into calm after the Yahoo group moved off Yahoo before it was deleted, and enjoying six months of calm when... what?! Aie!
firstfrost From: firstfrost Date: May 27th, 2004 10:49 am (UTC) (Link)
http://www.girlfromauntie.com/journal/030705.asp

has the remainder of the story (at least, that's part three, and it seems to come to something of a conclusion). I don't know why it isn't linked right, but it's there under her Journal list. :)
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