So a while back I joined a Facebook group for stitchers to buy/sell/trade stash. It was fun, I bought a few things, and I was always amazed at how quickly things were sold!
Last night I finally put together a pile of my things to sell. There were a little more than a dozen patterns, nothing that (I thought) was terribly rare or interesting, so I priced them all relatively cheaply and crossed my fingers. Well, in less than 5 minutes almost half of it was claimed! I was excited.
This morning I had a message in my inbox accusing me of copyright violation, for posting a pattern that had no picture. It was an older Cedar Hill pattern, and it was originally sold as a card with no picture. When I photographed it, I had blurred the symbols a bit with my photo editor, but not so much that you couldn't tell what the design WAS. The floss key was on the back, so that wasn't visible either. I tried to point this out to the girl who complained, but she immediately banned and blocked me from the group. I had things that people wanted to buy, and no way to contact them. I was beyond annoyed, especially because I don't think I did anything wrong - in fact, I went out of my way to make sure that I would NOT do the very thing the admins were accusing me of! Finally one of the admins sent me a list of who wanted to buy what, and while I'm glad for this, it also strikes me as odd....I mean, if you think I am a copyright violator and all-around bad person, why would you give me the means to get money from your other group members? I mean, I could get their money via PayPal and disappear! (For the record, NO, I wouldn't do that.)
I know I shouldn't be surprised by the level of stupid in the world, or by the evil joy some people take in abusing their "power" (however meaningless the power of a Facebook group admin may really be, I suppose if it is all you have you can get carried away). I'm just so hurt to be accused of a COPYRIGHT crime, of all the ridiculous things. Sigh.