When I posted my excitement on my cloth diapering boards I found out that many of the cloth diapering mamas were boycotting Babyville because they supposedly plagiarized the material in the book from diaperdivas.proboards.com. Supposedly the authors of the book ripped off the templates and directions from this site and then didn't give credit. I teach plagiarism and know it is a serious crime; however, I don't feel this is an example of plagiarism. After doing more research I do feel that it is not plagiarism. I looked on the Babyville Boutique Boycott page on facebook and examine the reasons provided for boycotting.
The first was that the author, Jean gave false pretenses for asking for information and testers. She said she was making diapers for her grandchildren. In the book in the very first paragraph that it says that she was in fact making cloth diaper for her grandchildren and realized the difficulty of finding the cute PUL and materials needed. She then began to research and design her diapers and joined up with a lady from Simplicity Pattern Company who helped her start the company. Perhaps there was more to it than this, but I don't see the problem. She got backed and the other WAHMs did not.
The second reason is that the products don't live up to the hype. So Jean said her product wouldn't delaminate and it does. Well guess what....duh! Everything breaks down over time. So Jean shouldn't have opened her mouth, but I don't think that is a reason to boycott. The lady who gave this as one of her reasons even says that the company is really good at replacing or refunding when product breaks.
The third is because she says the Design Team members were given free product. Almost every post I have seen asking for testers only asks for either the cost of the materials or for the tester to pay shipping. Receiving a free diaper does not mean you will lie about the product. Perhaps they really did get great diapers. Is there anything wrong with that? So I guess the people involved in the boycott didn't offer to test diapers or didn't receive free diapers?
The fourth reason for the boycott is because Jean supposedly used free tutorials from Diaper Sewing Divas. "People feel used and deceived. People who created free tutorials to share with others feel a bit cheated when they see almost the exact same tutorial for sale in a book." Here is the thing, copyright laws state that you can't copyright procedures, methods, or works consisting entirely from information gained from common property. The general rule of thumb is that you find it in three different sources then it is common property. Most of the tutorials found on Diaper Sewing Divas can in fact be found in multiple places. Jean took those tutorials, and created her own. As was said, "almost the exact same tutorial." It's not copied, but used as a guide. That is not plagiarism especially if it is considered common property.
The last reason given was that " the only place Jean did testing was on DSD - in the book "Cloth Diapers Made Easy", she writes "Special Thanks to Mamas from Diaper Sewing Divas who tested the Babyville Boutique Diaper Pattern". Also, the ENTIRE Design Team came from DSD. On her one Twitter account, Jean posted about announcing the reveal...on DSD. It seems everything to do with Babyville happened at DSD. Let's do the math. If most (if not all) of the research happened at DSD, all of the testing was done by DSD members, and the Design Team came from DSD...well...that only adds to our claim that all of the knowledge for the book came from DSD. It really isn't that much of a leap to get to that conclusion." That is ridiculous! First off DSD is made up of members. If I came up with an idea and posted it on the discussion boards it does not become property of the board. It came from the people on the board who were thanked publicly in the book.
I don't think I could support a boycott like this. First off it just seems to be jealousy over the fact that they didn't think to publish a book and create a line first. Second there would be no way for someone like me to get all of these templates, patterns, cute PUL, and all the other stuff in one place without a company that creates a line directed at DIY moms. I've very excited about what is available and I intend to continue to use their products. I love the diapers I have made so far and can't wait to see how they hold up. I also can't wait to tweek my techniques in future diapers.
I have to show off my diapers. Later after more use has been given to the diapers I will post my reviews.
|The purple is the FOE Pocket Diaper. The pink is the Quick-Dry AIO.|
|Abbie wearing her new diaper.|
|The Quick-Dry AIO with leg gussets. I have got to make them tighter!|