Mindy Brooks Editor, Bead&Button
if ever, is it acceptable to sell or teach another person’s designs?
That’s a question we hear frequently at Bead&Button, and it tells
us that many of our readers care about the ethical and legal issues
involved when it comes to the money-making aspects of beading.
Unfortunately, we also have firsthand experience with beading’s
darker side – the dishonest few who cause heartache and financial
harm by cashing in on another person’s original work. And when
unethical people profit from ideas that don’t belong to them,
it hurts us all.
it was inevitable that as beading became more popular, people
would look for shortcuts to exploit the growing number of lucrative
opportunities, and maybe there is nothing one editor or one editorial
can do to change that. So, it’s gratifying to know that my concerns
about the ethics of beading are shared by the editors of other
beading magazines, including Cathy Jakicic of BeadStyle, Marlene
Blessing of Beadwork, Pamela Hawkins of BeadUnique, and Leslie
Rogalski of Step by Step Beads. They will also be covering this
topic in upcoming issues of their publications. To address the
question presented at the start of this editorial, Bead&Button’s
position on copying designs is as follows:
It is unethical to copy an artist’s work to sell without the artist’s
2. It is unethical to copy any work that has appeared in a magazine,
book, or website and represent it in any venue as an original
3. It is unethical to teach a beading project that has appeared
in a magazine, book, or website without the artist’s permission.
4. It is unethical to teach a beading project learned in another
teacher’s class without the teacher’s permission. If you agree,
please help disseminate this message by including a copy of these
statements with your class materials, your kits, and the pieces