Wednesday, February 15, 2012

PC sues MTC again.

11 months ago, Make-the-Cut (MTC) settled with Provo Craft on a lawsuit. Since then, MTC has moved on. Andy has removed the Cricut plug-in so that any MTC software purchased after March 16, 2011 will not be compatible with the Cricut machines. Andy has also made MTC compatible with even more non-Provo Craft cutters, like the Silhouette, and the new KNK Zing.

Many MTC users have also moved on. They have sold their Cricut cutters and upgraded to a machine that works even better with MTC. Personally, I have moved on. I no longer use my Cricut Expression and am now using the Silhouette Cameo with MTC and Lettering Delights.

It seems that the only party that has not moved on is Provo Craft.

Provo Craft has filed a new lawsuit on MTC. I have been a supporter of MTC since Day 1 and I am puzzled, annoyed, and disgusted. The words that I want to hurl at Provo Craft right now would not be appropriate for this blog. See Deb's post about the lawsuit on the MTC forum and make a comment there to let Andy and Ann know that they have your support.


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9 comments :

  1. My money will be going towards a Cameo. I love my Cuttlebug, but will be shelving it too and using my Grand Caliber instead. Thanks for sharing this (sad) news Jin. I like to make ethical purchases and NOT supporting a corporate bully is one way I choose to do that. Love your blog and the tutorials and beautiful projects you share. Thank you!

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  2. This is the stupidest thing I've seen in a long time. There is NO reason that MTC would support Cricuts in any way as it is in DIRECT competition with the new and better cutting machine that they now sell. Any inquiries about making it work with a stupid bug machine would be met with - you really ought to buy a Zing. This is just desparation on PC's part to get their name back out there. PC you suck. (sorry for the language Jin)

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  3. What a shame! I wonder what they feel they (PC) are really accomplishing??? So proud to not own any PC!!!

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  4. Total BS! PC sales have probably gone down and now they're looking to recover their lost revenue by suing MTC. I'll stand with Andy anyday!

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  5. I'm new to the whole cutting world. Feel very sad that a big company like PC feel the need to do this. However I do also feel very happy and glad my friend (verbally not in any blog) told me to get the Cameo which I love. Love all your post Jin, keep them coming.

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  6. Will PC never give up. They have their loyal followers. Why not leave us alone? I posted on the MTC forum and thanked Ann and Andy for doing such a great job. I have upgraded my MTC and now that I have my Cameo (which I love), I no longer use my Expression--in fact, I sold all but a very few of my cartridges as of yesterday.

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  7. Great post Jin!

    We all need to get the word out!

    Deb

    p.s. the word verification is killing me. I'm on my 10th try. I was pretty sure I could read until 5 minutes ago.

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  8. What a pain in the beeehind! PC is ignorant. I have recently begun to sell my PC products and have not bought any since this whole thing started. I WANT a new cutter!! PC can take their products and shove them up their greedy fannies! I wish Andy all the luck in the world.

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  9. I sincerely hope that the judge/jury in this case are able to see that the Cricut is simply a plotter w/ a blade. A plotter is a computer peripheral, like a printer, keyboard or mouse. Lexmark/Epson/HP cannot dictate which images I'm permitted to print, nor can they limit which apps I'm allowed to print from. They can't even stop me from filling the printer with 3rd party toner!

    I don't think that Andy has done anything wrong... there is precedent in US courts that reverse engineering software is not illegal. I just have to cross my fingers and hope that common sense will prevail and he will win this lawsuit.

    http://ethics.csc.ncsu.edu/intellectual/reverse/study.php

    tiny excerpt:
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    The court ruled that "copyright law shouldn't be used to inhibit interoperability between one vendor's products and those of its rivals.
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    IMHO, PC is being unethical in its attempts to inhibit progress and put limitations on their consumers... they should be the ones getting sued.

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