Sunday, January 8, 2017

Designing a pattern to SHARE FOR FREE!

This week I observed a FACEBOOK entry on a Designers page that left me feeling anything but happy-however there is a Happy Ending.

A participant posted an image of a well known summer quilt and wanted to know who designed it. After close to 100  replies,  one of the ladies said she would order it and asked who would want a copy? This is where I became seriously disgruntled. There were at least 40 others who requested a FREE copy. Only a couple stood up and noted copyright law. ( applause to them) What was also troubling to me , this was posted on  a Designer's facebook page and I never saw her comment on this illegal act. She is a Designer after all.

Which brings me to this week's challenge -designing a pattern for a Telephone. I have spent over
40+ hours on it. I have sewed and re-designed it 6 times. I have yet to write out the pattern. ( that will take at least 8 -10 hours)  I wanted to simplify it so YOU ( if interested)  would able to make it as well without any difficulty. My first attempt at this pattern was easy for me, but I knew many would find it difficult if they were not an advanced sewer- which led me to redesigning it till I came up with one that is rather cute, even if I have to say so myself.

Then I thought of this lady who said she would purchase a copy ( of the summer quilt)  and give it out to the nearly 40 who requested it for FREE!. I began to wonder if many really understand what any designer does to get out a pattern. The reason why many designers design is that they cannot find a pattern of something they want to make, so they give up their search and design it themselves.

This is exactly why I ended up designing a telephone pattern that will have 2 uses...Will share that soon enough.  If I had found a pattern I would of gladly paid the cost of the pattern and I can guarantee I would not have posted it on Facebook to give out for FREE to any who requested a copy.

I began to think of the many designers who have given up blogging and even designing. They would spend hours coming up with a unique design only to have someone either copy them or share many FREE patterns. You cannot blame them for not sharing their time and money designing.
We all lose in this case.

I am writing this as I was Happy that this designer of the summer quilt, did get some orders for her pattern, but can you imagine how HAPPIER she would have been if those who were willing to request the pattern for FREE, actually placed an order too.

We designers design patterns because we love designing for a small FEE.
We design because we feel we have something unique to offer.
We design because we see this as a way to make $ for our family.
We design so we can purchase more STASH.
We design and share as we have the talent to do so. ( I personally would prefer to purchase patterns,
then design, so much time lost in re-designing and making till it's perfect) 

Please support our Designers... think about how much time they spend in designing something for YOU. I am happy to say this lady who ended up with money $$$ ended up placing an order for more FABRIC to design more patterns.











55 comments:

  1. I have been asked to share (at times) patterns that I bought. My answer is always NO. Sometimes the comment is that the cost to buy is considered too much, well then do not purchase. When I encounter a pattern that I feel is more than I want to spend, I just do not buy nor do I ask to borrow. You the designer know the worth of what your talent is and we should respect that. Want to borrow? go to the library.

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    1. Kudos Gracie...as many are aware our patterns are at a higher end, but we include 10-20 pages of every step. Many designers have one page, no photos and very little detail on how to construct. We spend more time on designing so we will have everyone making them exactly as how we designed it. Would you believe we don't get emails saying I don't understand...so we feel our patterns are worth it. So I am pleased there are people like you
      who celebrate designers. The result is we may not have designers who will share their talent in the near future and we will be back to patterns, we can never use or understand.
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  2. Apreciada sra. Ladies, primero mis mejores deseos para usted y su familia en este nuevo año que comienza. en relacion a su escrito de mi parte le informo que me he favorecido de patrones publicados por algunas de las bloqueras a las cuales sigo desde hace unos cuantos años, siempre pido permiso, les informo para que proyecto lo pienso utilizar y les aclaro que no es con fines comerciales, asi mismo, le informo que si no me lo pueden facilitar no pasa nada el cariño siempre es el mismo, son amigas a las cuales les sigo sus consejos y recomendaciones. particularmente respecto el derecho de autor, mis solicitudes obedecen a que no tengo los medios economicos suficientes para adquirirlos. le agradezco que personas como usted se tomen su tiempo el cual considero valiosisimo para aclarar estas situaciones.
    reciba mi cariño con mi corazon en cristo jesus
    carmen

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    1. Dear Mrs. Ladies, first of all my best wishes to you and your family in this new year that begins. In relation to his writing on my part I inform you that I have favored patterns published by some of the bloqueras that I follow for a few years, I always ask permission, I inform them what project I intend to use and I clarify that it is not For commercial purposes, also, I inform you that if you can not facilitate it, nothing happens, the affection is always the same, they are friends to whom I follow their advice and recommendations. Particularly in respect of copyright, my requests are due to the fact that I do not have the economic means to acquire them. I thank you that people like you take their time which I consider very valuable to clarify these situations.
      Receive my love with my heart in christ jesus
      Carmen

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    2. Hello sweet lady, we are understanding of those who cannot afford a pattern and if someone approaches us and really wants to make something, we are known to give them a copy for free for personal use. So blessings to you for sewing and loving what you do.

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  3. on the other hand I understand the amount of time and work that goes into a design. and I greatly appreciate that. however, there are also many talented people who quilt, some for non-profit and donate their quilts, who cannot afford the patterns. I my self don't mind a few dollars, but when its $10 for one block and there are 12 blocks I have to back out.

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    1. Hello Rosemary...for all of those who sew for non-profit there are gazillioins of patterns to build from. so I understand they might not be the ones who will pay 10.00 for a block.
      But for those who want different projects that are not FREE out there, bless you for helping out designers... and keep sewing for those who cannot...how wonderful...

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  4. You are so right! I am always angry and disappointed when I see people pay a lot of money for little things which maybe help you doing your hobby and much more money for fabric. Some say, they don't want to pay for pattern because they have to pay for the stash already! They don't think a minute how much work you put in it. Most of the pattern are so cheap, if you think about time and energy the designer put in it. That's why I like to pay for a good pattern.
    Greetings and a happy new year!
    Rike

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    1. Hello Rike, this will be a subject we are all passionate about. Yes there are cheaper patterns and I have a box of them, I will never do them, because I don't understand how to make them...lol Which is a big reason why I started designing patterns, I wanted people to make what they thought they could not...and the money I spend on making it is often 3 x 4 times what the pattern is worth...and many designers will say the same thing....all we want to do is let others know that their FREELY sending out our patterns HURTS. and good for you for paying for a good pattern YOU are my Hero x

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  5. As a designer Samm, I know what goes into making a pattern. If there is a project I want to make, I don't think twice about the pattern cost. It would take me double the time and money to figure it out... and most designers have already been through all that for you. That is why the patterns are the price they are. If more would contribute to the designer instead of sharing the prices would be lower that is for sure. My goal as a designer is and always has been to make enough money to support my creativity. The money I make off of my designs goes towards purchasing more product to create with. I don't want my creativity to be a burden on my limited family income being a stay-at-home mother. It would be much easier, and cheaper to just make a project without the ambition to share it with others. The freedom of creating without thinking about how to put it into a pattern, how to explain it, and how to convey properly your process is unknown to me. I always have this in mind... once a designer, always a designer I suppose. Thank you for shining a light on this topic. As a designer, I sure appreciate your candid thoughts on the matter. xx

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    1. Ahhh Cori you hit on many points, one I most certainly forgot. Designers PRICES would go down if so many more purchased them instead of giving them to 40+FREE. You know how I feel about designing patterns, I don't like doing them at all...but we do as we get to share something we were looking for and could not find..Maybe that makes us fools...but we are fools who love the results...lol The time making this telephone for instance as cost me so much time, a few tears even...lol. but gosh it is cute...it is like a figure skater, we don't see all the cuts and bruises of practising and falling, we see her or him on the floor and marvel at how easy they make it look...like we can all put on skates and dance like them...
      Yep we are designers...designers who want to me HAPPIER lol..

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  6. I think Gracie said it best, if you can't afford it or don't want to pay that much, don't buy/get the pattern. Go find something else. Don't try to get it illegally. It's not right. Everyone is entitled to their opinion. If you think a pattern is too expensive, don't buy it. That is your right. If a designer puts a higher price on her pattern, that is her right. She feels it is worth the price for the amount of work she put into it. I don't understand this mentality of getting something for nothing all the time. Just not right.
    Oops, got a bit forceful there I guess. Better go put up this soapbox. Not even sure where it came from. LOL

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    1. MaryAnn, this week has been a perfect example as costing something out...I would have paid 20.00 for this pattern, if I could of found it....I have spent over 40+ hours. that means this pattern I am doing now is worth less than 50 cents per hour...isn't that awful....now surely people would think it is worth more than 50 cents lol. But that is what happens when many just give it away.... so I will join you on that soapbox..xx

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  7. What a great post Madame Samm! Many of us love sharing tutorials and also writing patterns that we sell for a small fee. As you said.....there is a lot of work that goes into writing a pattern that will be easy for people to understand but I enjoy it. I learned a lot from the blog hops that you used to have. Thanks!

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    1. well thank you Connie...and yes many of us have given tons of patterns for free and tuts too...and I can still remember on one hand who thanked me lol. Which is why many designers are less apt to do them FREE unless they are very simple ones that they spent an hour on.... I wish I could do them in an hour...and I don't MISS BLOG HOPS....I miss you ladies, but the Blog Hops..not at all...ok, maybe a teeny weeny bit lol

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  8. I can't even imagine the thinking of someone who would post that kind of offer. Thanks for sharing this great post!

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    1. HI Carol. I thought the same you know...publishing it all on a Designers blog and only 2 people spoke out and the designer was silent...egads lol. There is so much FREE stuff out there anyway, why if you want something bad enough, why not just purchase it or at least try designing it and let me buy it lol

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  9. I would be very unhappy and very vocal of my opinions.

    I too have been asked if I could make a copy of them. My reply is "absolutely NOT...There are copyright disclosures and we have ALWAYS respected the designers!" "If you can purchase a machine, fabrics, etc... then you can purchase the pattern...period!" I've lost friends over this. Its just to show how inconsiderate.

    I am wondering what the owner of FB replied to that?

    LOVE your blog and post!

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    1. Hello Liz...maybe us vocalizing it more may help. We should not have to shame anyone in doing the right thing....the FB owner is someone who obviously embraces the practice... so sorry you lost friends over this...they could not have been such good friends, sorry for you Liz....sometimes standing up is something that just feels right in our hearts..

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    2. This is a topic I am interested in. I have lost friends because I won't share a pattern.

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    3. How sad sweet lady, I am sure we all have to ask ourselves what kind of friend is only your friend if you share a pattern with them.? We all need friends without demands that put us at risk...x

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  10. Thank you for a dressing this so well! Maybe coming from you , some of these ladies will take notice! I had to explain this to a group of ladies about a year ago. They were honestly clueless that making copies of the poo pattern to hand out ( and it was for a,class!!!) Was legal! They didn't understand that buying the pattern didn't? give them the right to do anything they wanted with it. These ladies would be horrified if accused of a crime like shoplifting, but copyright infringement is also a punishable offense.
    As a pattern designer, I feel a sense of violation when someone does that to me. Very few of us, if any, make enough on selling patterns alone to live on.
    Thank you for addressing this. 😊

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    1. HELLO Linda...how sad this has happened right in front of you...I am well aware of lady in TX who owns a shop - she was running classes with my pattern, but no sales to me, till I approached her. I wonder now if this is the practice of many today..that they just feel this ok, since they own a shop or own one pattern...It hurts so many of us Linda... No wonder great designers like yourself just give up...or share their gifts less often ....again we all lose don't we....Perhaps this post will be a reminder ...x

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  11. Well said Samm...there was just a discussion similar to this one on Facebook about cross stitch patterns. Patent law says no copying and passing it on. You can copy a pattern you bought but only for personal use, (lots of stitchers like to mark their patterns to keep up with where they last put a stitch and don't want to mark on the original)never to give/sell to someone else. blessings, marlene

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    1. HI Marlene...and just maybe we need to talk about this more...I am sad we lose so many great designers, they just quit ....I know Cori and I have had this discussion many times....but we really love designing...and yes cross stitch patterns designers, feel the same, take a look on PInterest especially many Europeans countries, they share patterns in the millions...again no wonder so many great designers just vanish...x

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  12. Bravo! I want to buy your telephone pattern when you release it. I hope it will be in PDF form as I am currently out of country!
    Love your stuff!

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    1. Hello dee, and yes it will be in PDF as well as paper. There are so many photos and pages you should find it easier to make than me designing it...still am...had to make adjustments again today lol.

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    2. I love a challenge! And I might not make it right away but will have it in my "stash"!

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    3. Ok, that is a deal...it will take you less than an hour to make...I won't even bore you how many more hours I spent on it lol..

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  13. It continues to amaze me how many people don't give a second thought to making copies for distribution to friends. A few years back, I realized that a shop owner I knew was making copies of patterns to sell. She would buy one pattern and save that to use as a master copy for when she needed more. I was appalled and told her. She's no longer in business, but she never did think that was she was doing was wrong.

    I write up a number of patterns for my local guild to use for charity quilts. The patterns are written in two sizes to accommodate the charities we support. They are not challenging quilts and the patterns are written in a very basic way (no color pictures, etc.). I try to keep them to a total of two pages (one page, back to back) and I often facilitate workshops to help members make the quilts (at least twice a year). I don't charge for these workshop, just the price of making the copies. The only thing I ask from the members is that the patterns be used to make donation quilts at least once before making them for private use. (I'd rather they only be used for charity quilts, but I know that will never happen.) Imagine my surprise when a few members recently told me that they thought it was rude and wrong of me to dictate how they can use a pattern that the guild gives them. Needless to say, I am having second thoughts on providing additional patterns or workshops.

    Thank you for your post about this. I know some people really "don't get it," but perhaps this will help. Thanks for all YOU do!

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    1. Hello Joanne, how wonderful that you do up designs for those donating quilts...a lovely gesture. I am surprised though just recently too, we have single patterns being sold only to find hundreds in that state showing up in groups of completed projects. ( using our patterns) from stores and guilds... Maybe friendly reminders such as this, will give many something to think about. Maybe it will have them wondering how so many are hurt by this. Maybe it will stop a practice that is now out of control and just maybe Designers will unite and put an end to all of this...Just maybe ..... and Jo, your note was an eye opener to me ..

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    2. I did a Block of the Month last year for our guild. Many hours designing. Writing simplified assembly directions and doing a monthly Demo. All blocks made are for Charity. My thanks? Someone else wants to take over that position in 2017. Love this post!

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    3. HI Mary, that must of hurt you so much...x

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  14. Thank you for bringing this up. Sometimes we need to talk about the tough topics. Not everyone understands this. If the designer wanted it to be free, she wouldn't have put a price on it to begin with. Shame on anyone who steals a pattern like this.

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    1. HI Charlotte..this one did get under my skin a bit ...Not that I can possibly change anyone's mind but I do think if we highlight it from time to time, some will be stirred. Happy 2017....We still have so much to be happy about....we still have wonderful designers out there.

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  15. This issue really infuriates me to no end. The designer should have said something about this on her FB page and she should have also deleted the message about handing out the pattern for free. In my opinion, her not doing so, makes her just as guilty as the person who said she will hand out free copies.

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    1. Good Morning Jan, I don't think you are alone. I am not sure why the Designer did not step in. The leader sets the tone...sad as it was, the happy ending is the designer of the summer quilt did get some sales..

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  16. Oh dear, that's not right. The designer gets one person to buy instead of 40! Yikes. Imagine if it was $10 - then she loses 390 dollars!. When a LQS sold me a kit for a cool 'Read' cushion, it had in an American designers tutorial inside it. Not right either. I let her know and she was able to contact the shop and express her disappointment.

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    1. Hello Karen, yes she lost a few dollars, and we are not talking one or two sales..Good for you for speaking up. I am sure the designer of the tut was very gracious..x

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  17. That is appalling - to do it between friends is bad - but to do it publicly is really appalling. Good on you for speaking up!

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    1. Hello Susan...thank you for your note. This stirred me so...

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  18. Thanks for addressing this issue. How sad that it has to be addressed though. I belong to many grouos & see the request for copies every single day. I was banned from one group for voicing my disapproval of illegally sharing copyrighted designs. The group admins reasoned that since their group was strictly for making items for charity that put them above the copyright laws and exempted them from ever having to purchase a pattern or design. This issue is so bad that some designers have prohibited users from posting photos of their finished items to prevent copyright violations. I still can't believe some people stoop that low just to obtain a copy of a design without paying for it.

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    1. Hello Pam, well this makes me sadder...what is so disturbing is that most people you have come in contact with seems to think it is ok to steal. Because that is what they are doing, stealing from someone who counts on those extra dollars for their family. I think we may have to reconsider how we showcase our own patterns in the near future. We know it happens every day to us too, but we would be sitting here crying every day instead of designing..Good for you for sticking up for many of us Pam...you will always be welcomed here...

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  19. Well said! I feel the designer whose page it was posted on should be monitoring her site, and should never have let this happen. A lot of times "Group" pages only allow things related to designer to be posted on them, part of the rules set up. If designer doesn't monitor, then someone should have contacted her to let them know, and then action been taking. I would think the designer would only like things related to her to be posted. The person who said she would make copies was way in the wrong. I have private messaged person to let them know they are in the wrong for doing that. I leave the designing up to the designers. If I see a pattern I like, I will purchase it. When you take a class, each person has to have their OWN copy, no sharing.I am glad for good designers. They make the use of the pattern so easy to follow. Keep up the good work.

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    1. Good Day Mary...everything you said I applaud. It is sad that we have to shame people in doing the right thing. I am much happier when we look out for one another and everyone benefits. We get new patterns, we can create projects that we are proud of and we cheer for designers who keep designing...Kudos to you...x

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  20. I think one of the the things that bothers me the most is seeing so-called 'free' patterns posted in places like pinterest and you know they are a blatant copy from someone's book, which quite obviously has very clear copyright attached to it. One that comes to mind that I see again and again are the patterns created by 'Tilda' (I know she isn't the only one this is happening to). How can you, as a designer, even begin to prosecute such people....or, for that matter, how can you even know who is doing it. Back in the early 70's when folk art was all the rage I was making wooden dolls that were very obviously mine - imagine my shock when I discovered someone had bought some and then proceeded to paint over my initials and date and then sold them (at a higher price) as their own. Don't know how they can live with themselves. (btw - well written post!!)

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    1. Hellllllo Magpie....well aware of Tilda...have quite a few of her books and patterns and fabric....she is fine...and yes you are right as many don't have the finances to pursue, some think nobody is noticing..., our sewing, stitching and quilting world is not that large anymore...someday they will wonder why they cannot succeed... our universe has a way of straightening these things out...What happened to you, I know many who can say the same thing...again, they may be successful short term, but then what..your creativity is in abundance, many who copy don't have it..eventually people realize that too... So let's just create and share our talents, eventually we will make our mark and it will be hard for someone to claim everything we do lol..wink...

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  21. Well done Samm. I hope that the people who need to see this do.
    For those doing charity quilts, there are so many traditional blocks that anyone can make, there is no need to copy someone else's work. Keep spreading the word.

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    1. Hi sweet Ev, sadly they won't but if enough of us start saying something, they won't be able to avoid seeing it somewhere ....Guilt has a way of eating up those we think don't give a darn...and me, I am still working on this telephone pattern...egads....up to 68 hours lol...

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  22. Thank you for bringing this topic up, Samm. How disappointing that this behaviour happens - sadly, it's not just the FB story you shared (which really baffles me... to think that a designer would be okay with this happening to another designer's work?), but also the other stories shared in the comments. Yikes!
    I sometimes wonder if it would help in understanding, if those that want to copy patterns for free, would give designing and writing patterns a try. It is no simple task! Lots of time spent, there's trial and error, editing, double checking and more. If writing patterns was easy and so profitable, wouldn't everyone be doing it? Maybe if they were on the other side of the equation... they would not begrudge paying for patterns? ;o)
    I do like your idea of raising our collective voices and letting it be known that this behaviour is not acceptable.

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    1. Good Morning Katherine, I do believe it is widespread, and the more popular the pattern, the more it is shared for FREE....And you are so right, if any of them even attempted to design and write a pattern, they would see how frustrating it is to redo, and write to simplify for others.. I am still working on this telephone pattern...I need yet another day now to take the photos all over again and write it...Why didn't someone save me the time lol..

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