A Learning Experience

5/28/2016 UPDATE: The Free Planner Printables page is back up, minus the versions of the insert in question. That one will remain unavailable until I learn more about the situation Thank you for your patience.


Today I experienced my own ignorance on a subject come back and kick me in the pants and it feels pretty darn yucky.
A while back I designed a custom insert &
had a wonderful shop lay it out because I was lazy.
Then I wanted revisions so I just recreated it myself using that layout.
I explained all this on my blog when I first posted and gave that shop credit. Later I created other versions of that insert, based off my original design, & offered them all for free on the blog.

Today I was told that it was copyright infringement. I don’t know what to do…
don’t know if that shop is correct or not, or what constitutes copyright infringement. Ignorance on the subject isn’t an excuse, I should have looked into it first. I have some learning to do in this area.

In the meantime I’ve disabled the planner printables page until I can figure out what is correct.

Thank you for your patience while I learn and grow from this.


2 Comments on A Learning Experience

  1. brenda lee
    May 26, 2016 at 11:38 am (5 years ago)

    I’m so sorry to hear this sweetie! Unfortunately HTML/CSS is covered under copyright just like artwork. Once a person creates a code it becomes their intellectual property. Even if you use a “free use” code and manipulate it to make it your own, unless you change pretty much the whole darn thing then you have to credit back to the original creator as “inspired by…” or “created from original coding by…” and link back to them.

    I know it’s hard to write coding and create layouts. I used to do some of that a long time ago myself. There are really only three options… create a layout completely by yourself from scratch, credit the hell out of a “free use” layout, or purchase a layout/pay for someone to write one from scratch.

    I hope this helps you figure out what to do honey! Message me if you have any other questions!

  2. Cat
    May 27, 2016 at 8:35 am (5 years ago)

    Last I knew if there was more than a 10% change to the original then it is a new design. However, you are better off finding out from a copyright lawyer. If you do find out I would be very interesting in hearing about it.


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