Sunday, March 13, 2011

Isn't this interesting?

Here is an article I just ran across on line. As you know, I am patent pending on my technique of using electronic cutters for cake decorating. I presented my idea to Provo Craft and they basically pirated my idea to make the cricut cake machine. You can read the story of all of that further down in this blog.

I used the cricut create ( the smaller cricut machine) in the classes I taught. The machine did a great job and I taught people how to create their own designs for cake decorating using Make the Cut. Make the Cut is a great program and you are able to use your cricut and are not required to buy expensive cartridges. If you have a cricut, I say learn how to use the machine to its fullest potential. If you want to up-grade to a machine that is superior, then you may want to consider a Silhouette. You never need to buy expensive cartridges and the print and cut feature is fantastic for cake decorators.

Make The Cut Settles Cricut Software Lawsuit With Provo Craft

By Nancy Nally on March 11, 2011

Documents filed in US District court on Wednesday reveal that Make The Cut has reached a settlement with Provo Craft in the lawsuit over 3rd party Cricut software created by Make The Cut. Provo Craft had sued Make The Cut in April 2010 alleging that Make the Cut’s 3rd party software for Cricut machines illegally circumvented copyright protection on Provo Craft’s products and violated copyright on the company’s Cricut Design Studio software code.

Provo Craft had appeared particularly to be targeting in the suit the recently introduced “back-up” feature in the Make The Cut software, which allowed users to create back-ups of their Cricut cartridges. (The feature was only available to users for a two week period in March 2010 before being pulled from distribution as a result of the litigation.)

Terms of the settlement were stipulated to the court in joint documents filed by the companies Wednesday with the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin, which had been hearing the case. Under the settlement, Make The Cut is permanently and immediately disallowed from selling software that is compatible in any way with Cricut machines. The company is also required to destroy all copies of the software’s Cricut-related source code.

For the existing software, Make The Cut also is required to take measures within 30 days to disable the 600 copies that were sold of the software with the cartridge back-up feature. Make The Cut is ordered to render these copies of the software completely non-functional until these users update their software to a copy that eliminates the back-up function.

Provo Craft also recently filed suit against another 3rd party Cricut software creator, Craft Edge, in an attempt to stop distribution of their Sure Cuts A Lot product.

Update: Neither party is receiving any financial award in the settlement.

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