First off, let me say I have debated back and forth a million times whether to ask this question or not?? I like things to stay upbeat and positive around here hence there will be no names and no references to specifics. I just need a little advice on what is the best course of action. So please, let's keep it light.
So here is the scenario - The other day I was surfing along and came across a picture of a quilt that looked a like one of my tutorials. Of course, I was super excited that someone had used my tutorial and tweaked it to make it their own, so I clicked on over to read the blog post about it. You can imagine my surprise when I found that the picture was actually of a pattern for sale.
Now, I thought, maybe they were just on the same wavelength as me design wise and created something similar. So I bought the pattern to check it out. The measurements of the similar part of my tutorial are the exact same, no change whatsoever. The pattern includes additional borders to make it their own.
Now I don't want to rail on this person, or get into some huge copyright battle or any of the sort. This person is just trying to create like all the rest of us. Here is where my dilemma comes in. I have a huge love and respect for this industry. We all know this isn't how we "play nice". So my question is . . . Do I have a responsibility to contact this person and let them know that they need to play nice i.e. list their source of inspiration or something along those lines. Or . . . Do I just let it go with the assumption that this person was just taking a piece of something they liked and adding to it??
Okay, comment away, but remember, keep it light.
***EDIT - Thank you all so much for your wonderful comments. Through reading these I have come to the conclusion that I felt from the beginning and didn't want to put off dealing with it. I am sure that this was most likely an unaware mistake. So with your helpful advice, I wrote a very nice email to this person, letting them know very kindly that maybe it is just coincidence and maybe not. If not, it really isn't "playing nice" and while I don't expect this person to take the pattern down, it would be nice if the person credited the tutorial as inspiration.
I am not sure what will happen but I feel that the important thing is that this person is now educated for the future so as not to get themselves into some real trouble. And honestly, that makes me feel good about the whole situation. If nothing else comes from this except that we all remember to "play nice" well then that is worth it :)
***EDIT #2 - I heard back from this person and it was all a happy coincidence. The person had drafter their pattern all on thier own and it was just a coincidence that our sizes happened to be the same. We both left on a very good note knowing that we are all watching each other's backs in this industry :)
Have a Happy Quilting Day!! I know I will :)