First, some background. A few years ago I attended one of the prestigious national juried craft fairs, and at a weaver's booth saw a woven scarf; this scarf was an exact knockoff of one of my published designs. I took a closer look at the scarf, and while I was examining it, the weaver informed me proudly that this was network drafting, a very special technique. "I know," I replied, the draft is my original work, and I published it in xxx periodical." No comment from the weaver, who turned away to talk to other customers.
Now I should say that I have always been sharing of my work and I always invite others to use my drafts for their own personal work; all I ask is that they not republish the drafts, that they not use my drafts for items for resale, and that when they do use my drafts they give credit for my contribution. Except for this one event, I have found other weavers to be very thoughtful and respectful of my work.
Fast forward to today, when I read this astonishing account of "borrowing," by artist Brenda Swenson. It is not the callousness of the borrower that caught my attention, but Brenda's very creative reaction to the event. Read it and rejoice.