May 26th, 2004

autumnleaf

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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