A Double Whammy6 March 2012
As the stories about KAL Media (In Liquidation) and All Craft Media travel like lightening around the internet, more and more is revealed.
I’ve concentrated mainly on the fiasco which surrounds Yarn Forward/Knit Magazine but there are other publications in this ‘stable’ one of which is Inside Crochet. The stories from their designers and subscribers pretty much mirror those from Knit.
Except that some of the Inside Crochet designers have had a double-whammy. They signed contracts with KAL and submitted designs. They may or may not have been paid for them. I understand that their contracts state that KAL has the option to have these patterns published elsewhere but will advise the designers beforehand and will pay them 50% of all moneys received.
I think you can guess the rest! Some of these designers have found their patterns in an American crochet magazine. No consultation with the designers – no payments.
This also raised the interesting question of who actually SOLD these pattens elsewhere. KAL has been in liquidation since last June and therefore isn’t in a position to sell anything. ACM now handles the publications. I don’t think these patterns have ever been ACMs to sell. If ACM genuinely believes that they do have the right to sell these, why hasn’t it paid the designers? But the designers didn’t have contracts with ACM, just with KAL. And if the contracts were with KAL, the income from their sales should go into the funds of the liquidated company to be distributed to creditors.
Confused? It gets better (or worse, depending on your perspective). Rest assured I’ll be returning to this subject in the next few days.