About a week ago ( on 3-31-2010), a certain well-known Cricut / scrapbooking blogger was upset and posted about her cut files allegedly being seized by ProvoCraft from her 4shared account. She had been promoting Make-The-Cut and had been sharing MTC cut files with her loyal readers, almost all of whom are die-hard Cricut users. (If you aren't familiar with Make-The-Cut, then you can get up to speed by reading our synopsis of Make-The-Cut from Dec 2009.)
I read her post and wondered what to make of it….. I didn't know any facts so I didn't pass along any unsubstantiated gossip. I mean, let's be honest. I wanted to pass along unsubstantiated gossip — but I somehow managed to control myself 🙂 And besides, what if she was just being paranoid or it was a mistake or something?
As I continued to ponder the issue over the next couple of days, I then noticed that the original post from this well known blogger disappeared! She must have deleted it! Hmmm…. what to make of that? Maybe it was all just a big misunderstanding?
Today, I read over at Scrapbook Update (post here) that Provo Craft is actually suing Make-The Cut over copyright infringement….. Well THAT certainly puts things in a different light, doesn't it? Knowing that a lawsuit has been filed makes me read that mysteriously disappearing blog post with a different set of eyes. Oh yeah, by the way, I still had a copy of that blog post from 3/31. It read:
"Oh it's a sad day in ProvoCraft land. All of my saved handbooks, booklets, charts, cheats and even .cut files have been confiscated by PC. Yes, even my own .cut files that I created. All gone. I find it so sad that PC doesn't have time to fix Design Studio issues, Gypsy issues or answer their customers phone calls but have plenty of time to go after nobodies like me. Tsk tsk tsk Provocraft, you have gone and hurt my feelings now. Clarification: The files were not removed from my computer but from my 4shared account."
So now what to make of all of this? Is Provo Craft right to take action to protect its intellectual property? (or whatever the legal term is). Probably. But does it also make sense to let MTC offer an add-on product to those who are techy enough to want to push the limits of what their Cricut can do? Probably!
Aren't you more likely to buy a Cricut if you know it can do more for you when you really need or want it to? We all covet flexibility.
But I guess the problem is this: Are you going to buy a new cartridge from Provo Craft if you think you can find quality cut files for cheaper elsewhere? I'm kind of lazy myself, so I prefer to have Provo Craft do all of the work for me and to sell me coordinated cut files on a cartridge …. but I know many avid paper crafters are thrilled with the ability to create the ultimate in custom-cut images and, they have excitedly embraced MTC and all it can do.
Wow, who would ever have thought that paper crafting could get so intense & complicated?!? I'll be interested to see where all of this leads. Meanwhile, I'd love hear what all of you think. Gee, I wonder if any of this will ever show up in an episode of Law & Order?
Update: Nancy Nally at Scrapbook Update has written a great article further explaining the issue at the center of the lawsuit. Scrapbook Update article on MTC – Provo Craft suit.
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