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Do you find copyright law as confusing as figuring out which glove goes on which hand? If you do, then have I got the invention for you! I present to you now the Copyright and Copyleft gloves. With their unique integrated design, the Copyright and Copyleft Gloves both enable you to quickly differentiate left from right and familiarize yourself with the ongoing intellectual property debate. Never be confused again!

Make your own today! This project is in the Public Domain.

(This idea courtesy of Dr. David H. Grosof - visionary, trivia master and all around mensch. One day he walked past me as I was aimlessly embroidering dozens of copyright symbols and asked "Copyright and copyleft gloves?" And at the moment it was decided, "Yes. Copyright and copyleft gloves.")

Step 1: Go get stuff

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You will need:

A Singer Futura embroidery machine
Heavy fabric
Thread
Scissors
Winter gloves
A sewing need

Step 2: Prepare to embroider

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Cut the fabric to fit into the frame for the embroidery machine so that about an inch stick out on all sides. Make sure the embroidery surface is pulled taught and fasten it within the frame.

Step 3: Prepare your image

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Download CopyrightText.fhe and open it in the Futura embroidery application.

It should be ready to send to the machine.

Step 4: Embroider

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Make sure the machine is turned on, threaded and configured properly. Attach your tray to the machine, turn it on and then send your file from the computer.

Hit go and let the machine draw embroider a copyright symbol.

When you are done, on your computer file, drag and release the copyright image to the left such that it clears the first image. Save the file and then send it to the machine again. Hit start once more and embroider a second copyright symbol.

Step 5: Cut out your patch

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Carefully cut out both copyright symbols with a pair of scissors such that you leave a tiny yellow border.

Cut away the jump stitches left over from embroidering.

 
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daphnek4 years ago
I have never been able to tell left from right, and I have used various means of deciding on the right direction.  I use my wedding ring now.  But, as for the gloves, they are really cute.  The problem with the C's in real life applications is that most individuals who confuse sides are also dyslexic.  That is why holding up your two hands with the thumbs stretched down looking for the "L" does not help much, either.  With my dyslexic students, I often place a red band on the Right wrist when directionallity is important. 
It's easy to tell left from right, make your index finger and thumb into the letter "L" the one that looks like an "L" is left, the one that's backwards is right. TA-DA!
randofo (author)  daphnek4 years ago
I considered making them two different colors at first, but then I couldn't decide what colors and for the sake of keeping the project easy, I decided to make them both the same. I imagine that changing the thread color for the second patch may help?
For different colors? Heck, make one in reverse to the other... if the master is orange on yellow, make the other yellow on orange! Just be sure your threads for embroidery match the fabric of the other backing.

Oh, and a wonbderful idea to avoid ruining waterproofing - use that iron-on glue stuff (generic name Stitch-Witchery) or even the fabric glue used for crafting or for adhering velcro strapping. No punctures of the fabric = no violation of the 'proofing'.

A variation of this could be a capital " R " and its mirror-image (those comic book fans might live this)

Think about it, and you could think up any number of variations...
Ben.land1014 years ago
i guess this would be great for those who are right-left challenged (i have never been) but i do know that the stitching would make the gloves no longer waterproof. 
It is in my experience that winter gloves, no matter how well they may seem, shovel your driveway in Michigan winter, and you will see just how FAIL the waterproofing is. 
Specialized gloves/ snowgear are marked on How long the water proofing is good for. ie. My snow gear will last me 6 hours on the mountain until, i start to slowly freeze to death. :P
randofo (author)  Father Christmas4 years ago
Yes. After two hours in the snow, I can attest that these gloves are in no way waterproof (regardless of stitching).
xdissent4 years ago
 My attorney says I can't reproduce the right glove without your direct written consent.
randofo (author)  xdissent4 years ago
I believe the statement, "Make your own today! This project is in the Public Domain." constitutes proper consent. Unless, of course, the copyright symbol cannot have a less restrictive license applied to it. In that case, you may only make the left glove.

I am so glad this joke got made.

Can I also suggest adding an SA to the left glove? Then anything you make with your left hand would be automatically licensed.
skylane3 years ago
I just may go with this one. Love it!

as I saw no copyright mark ON the copyleft mark.

Too funny.
gmjhowe4 years ago
But does that not mean that the gloves appear to be on the wrong hands to an external viewer?
skylane gmjhowe3 years ago
.... as opposed to an "internal viewer"? ;-)
actually, from their perspective, it would be correct!
redcanary24 years ago
Very funny - I love a bit of wordplay of a morning!
You made me laugh out loud.  Very clever.
=SMART=4 years ago
Haha nice
Ceiling cat4 years ago
Now all you need is a copywrong scarf.
Sunbanks4 years ago
Too bad I couldn't just wear these all day, even when I'm not in the snow... They might make things difficult though :P 
XOIIO4 years ago
I wan;t one of those machines!
lupos4 years ago
 Can I use this idea?
Or it's cover by copyright....or copyleft?

This's the question!
hishealer4 years ago
This is a pun as egregious as those found in Xanth...  I love it!  (Author Piers Anthony, in case there are legal issues...)
Hextor4 years ago
I love it. Are you  going to branch out into clothes.  I can just see the back end of everyone on a street sporting these.  

the best ideas are usually the simplest ideas!
BobicusIX4 years ago
HAHAHAAAAA!!!! That's awesome!!!
Doctor What4 years ago
 I would comment on the adorable nature of these gloves, but I wouldn't want to comment without a letter of authorization from the intellectual owner of these gloves.
randofo (author)  Doctor What4 years ago
I don't think the copyright symbol is valid without the date of publication and author's full name, so you should be able to praise them all you wish.
zieak4 years ago
Creative Commons?  Copy Cat!