Sorry – DCM was referring specifically to the letter of information, which is the first page you see when you click on the survey link. All the information about the study is in that letter.
But for those who are skeptical of even clicking the link, the study is being conducted by Dr. Kirsty Robertson of the Visual Arts department at the University of Western Ontario, Canada. It’s a SSHRC funded study (Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council) and again, underwent a strict ethics review for data collection. We have permission from Western’s ethics review board to conduct surveys both online and in-person. This portion of the study involves my posting the survey link to different craft forums (Etsy, Craftster, Ravelry, etc.) Our goal is to see what different members of different craft communities, with an emphasis on needlework and textile crafts, have to say about their views and experiences with copyright and intellectual property issues. It’s a heated issue within different crafting communities, specifically in the context of patterns, sharing finished goods, supplies (mostly with regard to trademarked fabrics for sewing) and so forth.
I mentioned that we have already collected enough data based on our interaction with other forums, but since members here might have different experiences and beliefs than members at Ravelry, if you do think you want to contribute then it would be appreciated. But if in any way this makes you uncomfortable, we completely understand. It’s a no-pressure survey. And I’m sorry, once again, for making anyone uncomfortable. Thanks to those who considered or completed the survey!