It was brought to my attention recently that several beading books by some of our favorite artists are being pirated. They are being scanned then offered as a FREE download, very poor quality, on a website. I am not going to give the name of the website since this would just serve to promote it. I have to ask the question, what is getting these books, or for that matter music, or movies or artwork of any type for free really costing all of us?
As an artist and author, I make my entire living from my artwork, writing books, instructions for my kits and tutorials that I offer on my website. It is more than a full time job to keep designing new things and providing wonderful projects to teach and make kits from. It may seem really great to get the work of others for free, but think about it in terms of your own job or work. Whatever type of work you do is a service you provide for a paycheck. Imagine if your boss came to you at work and said, "From now on, you will be working here for no pay. Since you do such good work and everyone wants you to do the work for them free of charge because it makes them so happy, I am going to stop paying you." Would you quit or just keep on working for free, feeling so flattered that what you do is so popular that everyone wants you to do your work for them at no charge? When the work of anyone is “shared” or offered for Free it is like telling a person you have to work for free because we love what you do. Ask yourself if artists and musicians, actors, bead artists, anyone who does work you love so much, should be paid for their work as you are paid for the work you do each day? Even if you love your job as many of us do, we all have living expenses. We all deserve to make a decent living for our work.
As enticing as it seems, I am asking everyone who sees the published work of others offered for free to resist downloading it. Check out the source first and find out if it is pirated. If you don't know, think about it for a moment. Would I allow anyone to offer all my books and instructions for free when I am still paying to print and distribute them. Would Interweave Press or Lark Books still hire artists to write books for them if you could just get everything for free. The publishing industry puts real people to work. Don't allow more jobs to disappear. Our economy needs to grow and that takes all of us supporting each other. We are all connected. If enough artists stop getting paid for what they do, they won't be able to afford to work at it any more and just may quit and get a "regular" job. Where would the world be without the wonderful creative arts and all the joy we get from beadwork, artwork, music, movies and any other of the creative arts that enrich our world?