So currently, our country only selling the cross stitch kit from China or Korea, they selling cheaper than US/Europe or others out of Asia country.
I know I haven't been around in a while, but today I had a bit of time so was taking a look around and seeing how people are doing. I noticed this topic had some replies so started reading. I got to this post from Joey (quoted just a bit above) and wanted to reply directly to the bit about China.
China is one of the worst countries when it comes to copyright infringement. They copy everything and sell those copies. They finally have copyright laws but do not enforce them much at all. The sites I mentioned in my last post that have thousands and thousands of PAYING members who upload and download charts, that are costing HAED, LHN, CCN and more thousands per month are Chinese servers, owned by people who live in China. People who know what they are doing is illegal and don't care.
What kills me is on those the largest infringers uploading their entire needlework stash of charts are from countries who KNOW about copyright laws. They do it deliberately and are well aware it is illegal. Their defense is "Art should be free to all" and "Sharing doesn't hurt, in fact it gives designers new customers because once I see the chart I go buy an original". Okay maybe 1 or 2 people do go buy the original, but the VAST majority do not. THey download, print, stitch, and then upload the chart to other sites they are members of.
Once the digital copy is on the net, there is no erasing it because literally within an hour it is on 20 or more sites.
We've tried for years to get one of these sites closed, and have had no success. Despite people knowing it is illegal, more and more people are joining and "sharing" on these sites every day. It is disgusting.
For those who don't know, it is one of these sites that caused The Gift Of Stitching Magazine to close. Each new issue literally appeared on two of the biggest sites within an hour of its release. Each new issue was downloaded hundreds of times each day. Result: the magazine lost all profit and had to close.
Anyway, China is the worst. I don't know about Korea, Japan etc. but I do know from seeing it with my own eyes, China is the worst.