Instead of creating decent products that work correctly, they choose to sue people for copyright infringement.
They claim that all the provisions of the previous settlement have not been met.
Basically Andy forgot to take the line off of the Make the Cut Facebook page that said his software supports Cricut. However, if a user clicked on the link to the Make the Cut home page, it clearly states they do not support Cricut machines. As soon as he was told about the Facebook page, he removed it.
Andy and Ann have NOT told anyone how to make the software work with the cricut since the lawsuit. So should they be sued because someone else did? I just don’t get it. They have deleted messages on their forum (which existed long before the lawsuit) where MEMBERS (not them) have shared how to get a certain plug in that can be found easily with a simple google search. There are blogs written on how to get the plug in and how to install it. Are they planning to sue Make the Cut because someone else posted how to do it? I guess the answer to that question is a yes.
Did the original lawsuit say that other people, not affiliated with Make the Cut, LLC could not share how it works? I don’t think so. Whatever happened to free speech?
It is hard for a small mom and pop business to fight a big corporate business, but frankly, they have acted like big bullies because they obviously spend quite a bit of money protecting their name. Which a good business does. But in this case, they sued a man who created a software that made the Cricut run off a computer without using the expensive cartridges. Although they might have lost money on cartridge sales, I would think machine sales would go up because crafters would have more freedom to create anything they can draw.
Other machines are on the market that do those things for a lot less money: the Silhouette Cameo and the KNK Zing to name a few. I would think Provo Craft would be losing more money for not keeping up with the technology, instead of binding customers to expensive cartridges.
The Design Studio software is a joke, in my opinion. MTC, Sure Cuts A Lot (SCAL), and the Silhouette Studio BLOW it right out of the water. Design Studio takes a full two minutes, if not more just to start. The opening page shows that it is loading fonts. You can’t zoom in, half the time it is hard to select an object, and you can’t really modify it, other than welding it with something else.
In my personal experience, I bought a cricut expression BECAUSE of Make the Cut. I even bought cartridges for it too. Once I heard about the lawsuit, I made a personal choice to no longer purchase any item Provo Craft creates.
I’m hoping that enough people will look at Provo Craft’s practices and make a conscious decision to no longer support or purchase products made by a company that instead of moving forward with new technology in their own products, sues the people that do.