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Make The Cut Settles Cricut Software Lawsuit With Provo Craft

Documents filed in US District court on Wednesday reveal that Make The Cut has reached a settlement with Provo Craft in the lawsuit over 3rd party Cricut software created by Make The Cut. Provo Craft had sued Make The Cut in April 2010 alleging that Make the Cut’s 3rd party software for Cricut machines illegally circumvented copyright protection on Provo Craft’s products and violated copyright on the company’s Cricut Design Studio software code.

Provo Craft had appeared particularly to be targeting in the suit the recently introduced “back-up” feature in the Make The Cut software, which allowed users to create back-ups of their Cricut cartridges. (The feature was only available to users for a two week period in March 2010 before being pulled from distribution as a result of the litigation.)

Terms of the settlement were stipulated to the court in joint documents filed by the companies Wednesday with the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin, which had been hearing the case. Under the settlement, Make The Cut is permanently and immediately disallowed from selling software that is compatible in any way with Cricut machines. The company is also required to destroy all copies of the software’s Cricut-related source code.

For the existing software, Make The Cut also is required to take measures within 30 days to disable the 600 copies that were sold of the software with the cartridge back-up feature. Make The Cut is ordered to render these copies of the software completely non-functional until these users update their software to a copy that eliminates the back-up function.

Provo Craft also recently filed suit against another 3rd party Cricut software creator, Craft Edge, in an attempt to stop distribution of their Sure Cuts A Lot product.

[Editor’s Note: Comments have been closed on this topic because too many were violating our comment policy and the conversation had become too heated.]


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188 Responses to Make The Cut Settles Cricut Software Lawsuit With Provo Craft

  1. Brenda in FL March 11, 2011 at 11:36 pm #

    Now I wish I didn’t like my Cricut. Despite owning 3rd party software, I also own 48 Cricut Cartridges. It’s not as though using the 3rd party software stopped me from buying Provocraft products. This makes me want to never buy Provocraft product again.

  2. Dawn March 11, 2011 at 11:53 pm #

    Yikes! That really is too bad. Hope things go better for Craft Edge, but I won’t be holding my breath on this one.

  3. Christy March 12, 2011 at 12:33 am #

    I hate this for Andy and Ann but I ditched my Expression months ago and switch to a black cat cougar. The owners are great, they completely support the use of Make the cut and the people who own it are AMAZING. The customer service is amazing.

    So PIss on PC as far as I’m concerned. MTC works with many other machines that put the cricut to shame to begin with!!!!!!!

  4. Amaslp March 12, 2011 at 1:03 am #

    I didn’t even buy a Cricut expression until after I had MTC and the backup feature only worked for Cartridges you already owned!! I still don’t understand why PC would take issue with this as people still had to buy the cartridge to back it up. Third party software actually helps sell more of their cutting machines. PC is ridiculous.

  5. Diana March 12, 2011 at 6:35 am #

    I hate this. I’m selling everything I own that is PC. I will be using my Pazzles until I can get a cougar. It make me sick to my stomach to think of all of my hard earned money that I waisted on PC products! From now on if it has anything to do with PC I will NOT buy it.
    Make the Cut did not hinder my spending on PC products, PC did that all by themdelves!

  6. carrie March 12, 2011 at 7:46 am #

    I am so upset. I love Make the Cuts, but they have to relize that I have to still use my cricut to use the MTC.. I am going to need my new needles and cutting mats. So they are really cutting off there nose to spit there face… They are looking for a lot of unhappy people… I am not going to buy any more Cartridges. I am done.

  7. Penny Duncan March 12, 2011 at 8:25 am #

    I’m in agreement with everyone here as well….I will NOT LONGER purchase anything PC and will be working to get me a new cutter!!!!! They are OVER THE TOP RIDICULOUS!!!!

  8. Mary March 12, 2011 at 8:30 am #

    Way to go Provo Craft….just shooting yourself in the foot!!
    I have a serious question -Does this mean that I won’t be able to use my MTC anymore w/my cricut. Did I really just lose the money I paid for the program??

    • Nancy Nally March 12, 2011 at 8:52 am #

      There is nothing in the settlement as revealed in court papers that says that existing copies of the software that do not contain the back-up feature cannot continue to operate as designed. However, since MTC is now barred from creating updates to their software, any future update to the Design Studio software or Cricut machine firmware would probably break the MTC software and make it unusable since it would require adjusting MTC’s code to work with the update.

      • Mary HK March 13, 2011 at 8:59 pm #

        My guess is….PC will be working on a new design studio firmware update in the near future. I saw how they did updates to thwart SCAL in the past…it was a cat and mouse game….which I think PC could have used their resources for a more productive purpose….improving their design studio software.

      • Mary HK March 13, 2011 at 9:02 pm #

        why is MTC prohibited from doing anymore updates?

        • Nancy Nally March 13, 2011 at 9:12 pm #

          MTC is now prohibited from creating software that is in any way compatible with Cricut machines. Updating the MTC software to make it continue to work with Cricut machines after an update to Cricut’s firmware or Cricut Design Studio would most definitely violate the terms of the settlement with Provo Craft. Preventing MTC from being able to do that was the entire purpose of the settlement, it appears.

          • Mary HK March 14, 2011 at 12:53 am #

            SCAL has been around a lot longer….what will happen to them?

      • Kathy H March 14, 2011 at 12:31 pm #

        So are you saying Andy CANT create ANY updates of MTC?

        • Nancy Nally March 14, 2011 at 2:40 pm #

          He can write all the code that he wants that is compatible with eCraft and other machines. But he cannot create software code that has anything to do with the Cricut machines. Which means if a future DS or Cricut machine firmware update breaks the MTC compatibility with Cricut machines (which it is reasonable to assume that Provo Craft will issue such an update, as any technology company does when there is a hack that they don’t approve of – like iphone jailbreaking), Andy cannot issue an update to MTC software to once again make the software work with Cricut machines. That would be writing code that is Cricut compatible. He’s also barred from assisting someone else in writing Cricut-compatible code.

  9. Natalie M. March 12, 2011 at 8:31 am #

    Ditto to all the comments, shame on PC, greedy, greedy, greedy. Making products better without detracting from them is what America and crafting is all about

  10. Sheri Corwin March 12, 2011 at 8:58 am #

    Provo Craft is and Cricut is not longer in my vocabulary. I am ticked off. Not for me, as I have not used it since getting my Cougar before Christmas. I don’t need their mats and I can get blades from ebay. I never bought a cartridge to go with it. I only had the 2 original ones that came with it. What I am ticked off at is that all the other Cricut owners that do not have an alternate cutter are stuck now with buying just their stuff. What a shame! The carts are way to expensive for what you get on them. That is just money hungry ridiculous! I hope that the Cricut owners get together and boycott Provo Craft. I for one will NEVER buy another product from them. Andy and Ann, we support you and you have been the greatest people to be associated with. You do so much for your customers and operate your business like others should. Your customer service and involvement compare to no others I have ever come across and I want to say Thanks again for all you do for us.

    • Mary HK March 13, 2011 at 8:54 pm #

      I have read where others have purchased blades from ebay at a better price and better quality…where on ebay do you find the blades that work with the cricut?

      • DM March 15, 2011 at 8:42 am #

        You can find these excellent blades on Ebay.
        The company is SeikiTech and you will want the Roland 60 degree blades.
        Just put Roland 60 degree cutter blade on search and you will pull up the offers on ebay. Very reasonable too.

  11. Karen Pierce March 12, 2011 at 9:14 am #

    This REALLY sucks. MTC is wonderful and PC is being ridiculous.

  12. Holly March 12, 2011 at 9:20 am #

    this is really disappointing. I bought my E, because of the availability of MTC and SCAL. It’s a shame Provo Craft did not work *with* MTC to provide this, they could have had royalties coming in hand over fist. I won’t buy any cartridges now. Instead, every time I think I want something, and find a PC cart with that on it, I’ll look at the price and put that amount toward a different cutter.

  13. Vicki March 12, 2011 at 9:25 am #

    Still kicking myself that I did not buy a silouette. So angry with PC right now. I don’t want 30 cutesy images from thier cart.. I only want one. At least silhouette got it right by offering one image at a time.

    • Nancy Nally March 12, 2011 at 9:34 am #

      I would not be shocked to see Provo Craft start selling files one at a time in the future through an iTunes-like store. They almost have to to stay competitive.

  14. Dawn March 12, 2011 at 9:45 am #

    I wonder if this settlement has anything to do with their price increase on cartridges. Several online discount Cricut retailers have raised their prices on carts by $20 or more in the past week. Makes me wonder…

  15. Holly March 12, 2011 at 9:58 am #

    PC can sell whatever they want, to those consumers who will buy them. I will not.

  16. Vicki March 12, 2011 at 10:21 am #

    Nancy apparently they don’t have to do anything to stay competitive– there are plenty of people who are willing to continue buying carts and not actually CREATE something for themselves. Software like MTC and SCAL allowed people to use their imaginations and create images.

    I would love a feature that allowed one off purchases. But from what I have seen provo craft isn’t in the business to listen to consumers wishes and act on it.

  17. VIckie larsons March 12, 2011 at 10:45 am #

    This is sad :( I guess its time my husband and I finally upgrade to the Klic-N-Kut. We won’t have to worry about using any 3rd party software and we will have all the cool features I’ll ever need :D

  18. Sharon Shear March 12, 2011 at 10:59 am #

    Shame on Provo Craft for their shoddy and greedy business practices. I love Make the Cut Software and would never have kept the Cricut Expression I had purchased because I couldn’t afford all the expensive cartridges that were so difficult to use. Even their joke of a software, Design Studio, didn’t make the cartridges any easier to use.
    I refuse to purchase any other PC products and help line the pockets of a company such as this. The Cricut will go in the dumpster where it belongs and I will purchase either a Gazelle or a Cougar cutter.

  19. Kristin Lieb March 12, 2011 at 11:04 am #

    Bye Bye ALL my PC products. I will be purchasing a Cougar tomorrow. No more advertising for PC. Boy did you idiots bite off your nose to spite your face.

  20. Edieb March 12, 2011 at 11:37 am #

    Just shows they are going the way of the world. Greedy Greedy Greedy…
    I am so glad that a crafter at PCCrafter.com sold me my CE at a very good price. I never could have afforded it otherwise..And I only have the 2 carts that came with it.
    I borrowed 8 carts from a friend and never used them!
    I use MTC all the way…MTC rocks…I don’t even LOOK at the carts when I am in the store.
    I clean and reclean the mats and hope it will be a LONG time until I need to buy one.
    Sure hope the blade lasts a long time because ALL of their products are OVER PRICED for this retiree…..Just sayin..
    Thank you Andy and all the wonderful people that participate in the Tuesday night webinars..You are true people people…

    • DM March 15, 2011 at 8:49 am #

      Try the SeikiTech blades: Roland 60 degree. They come in a pack of 5 or you can get a larger pack and they are superior to the other blades. I get them on ebay but they have a web store too. HTH!

  21. Sindy March 12, 2011 at 12:52 pm #

    I own one cricut cartridge……..If it hadn’t been for the 3rd party software, I never would’ve bought the cricut. If something happens where Ican’t use MTC……I’ll pitch the cricut and go to the Gazelle

  22. JM March 12, 2011 at 1:22 pm #

    I don’t have any 3rd party software, but I own a Cricut and many cartridges.
    I understand why people are upset, but if you think about it from a business owner’s prospective, they are doing what they should to protect their business.
    People have claimed PC is being greedy. How so? If you made a product and someone else came out with a product that circumvents yours, wouldn’t you be upset? Wouldn’t you try everything you could to get people to stop using the other product?
    I’m actually surprised it took this long for lawsuits against the 3rd party software companies.
    If you wanted more control over what images you can cut, why buy the Cricut in the first place? There are many machines already on the market that allow you to cut TTF and your own images without the need for 3rd party software.

    • Sheri Skains March 12, 2011 at 1:55 pm #

      No, I bought a CE because it was an cheap cutter. Well, guess what. I got what I paid for. A CHEAP cutter. I will most definitely be going back to my Craft Robo and saving all my pennies for a Gazelle or a Cougar. It really is a shame that no one at PC has the intelligence to see reality and to work WITH MTC to maximize their market. As it stands now, they will be losing a LOT of business. Way to shoot yourself in the foot PC. Nice move.

      And JM? All the other cutters require a software to make them work. Cricut was the only one that didn’t. They wanted into the market that used a computer so they came up with Design Studio. What they didn’t want was for anyone to actually use their own imagination and creativity. They want you to only do what they give you on the carts. ALL of the other cutters encourage true creativity.

      So PC, you can have the clones. You can have the unimaginative. The rest of us will move on. I’m just sorry I wasted any time, effort or money on PC.

    • CRyan March 12, 2011 at 8:06 pm #

      I couldn’t agree with you more. Except for the part about understanding why everyone is upset. I am very happy with my Cricut. Quickutz sued Spellbinders, anyone upset over that?

      • Nancy Nally March 12, 2011 at 8:15 pm #

        Actually it was Spellbinders that sued Quickutz, not the other way around.

    • Shirley E. March 13, 2011 at 12:18 am #

      Way to go JM!! I agree 1000%.
      You said exactly what I was thinking. A true dedicated scrapbooker knows the difference between quality and copycats…
      “like cheap dollar store stickers and Jolee’s stickers”, Provo Craft products rock and I’d hate to see these “cheaters” make money off of Provo Craft ideas!

    • Christy March 13, 2011 at 2:46 pm #

      Sorry JM and Shirley, but I disagree 100%. Look at the PC market, who would want a PC that wouldn’t allow a variety of programs and applications from other providers? Same goes for the Cricut. Provo Craft should not be able to demand a monopoly on the software for their product. Think about Microsoft, they are no longer allowed to require the purchase of MS Office with the purchase of their product and Provo Craft should not be able to have a monopoly on software to their product. I bought the Cricut Expression last November and I currently have around 25 carts as well as Design Studio, a Gypsy, a Cuttlebug w/alot of folders, and SCAL. Having SCAL has not cost Provo Craft one dime from me. I made things they did not have available. I always look at the carts first to see if they have the shape I need. Well, I have news for them. If they keep this stupidity up, the $1000+ I’ve invested in their products will be the last cent they receive from me. I support companies that support me and I walk away from companies that do not.

      • DM March 15, 2011 at 8:54 am #

        Totally agree!

      • chris March 20, 2011 at 10:39 pm #

        with microsoft it was also that they would not allow other companies to make things for the computer as well like mouse, webcams, etc. they would make updates that would cause those things to not work right. so they got sued or being a monopoly. but yet provo craft can do this? i wonder what they would do if someone came out with cartridges that work with cricut machines that hopefully would sell for far less then theres do.

    • DEB ROBINSON March 14, 2011 at 7:45 am #

      yes very well put.!

  23. Kim March 12, 2011 at 2:11 pm #

    I just bought the expression in January….and followed with MTC in February….and now this…..I’m so ticked!!!!!! I was just figuring out how to use MTC. I never planned on buying cartridges….I guess I should have educated myself a little better. The only good part was that I bought the stupid thing on Ebay for 160 bucks with free shipping! Glad I didn’t pay any more than that!!!!!!

  24. Trish March 12, 2011 at 2:16 pm #

    We all just have to make sure the cricuts are destroyed before they hit the dumpsters. We wouldn’t want PC to make any money on mats and blades if they are still used. PC isn’t so bright now. The value of their products will be going down as no one will want them.

  25. bunnyfreak March 12, 2011 at 3:00 pm #

    I find this frustrating as well. I guess I should have asked for the silloutte for Christmas instead. There again since my mom has the Cricut it is easier to have the same thing to be able to help her.
    In responce to JM, I understand that Cricut is a business but when I buy a printer I can still buy 3rd party ink. If I buy a computer I can use another companies software. I think that this is a big issue right now with tech related products: I own the machine should I be able to do what I want with it or does the company I bought the machine from have the right to determine how it can be used.
    As a digi scrapper I was hopping to be able to use print and cut features of MTC. I want to use digital designs I already own. So my choice now is either get a new cutter – (not really and option due to expense right now), choose not to update my cricut software anymore so that MTC would still work, or just use PC designs.

    • Anne March 13, 2011 at 1:44 pm #

      In response to your statement, “…but when I buy a printer I can still buy 3rd party ink…”

      One would think so, but consider my parents’ printer. They bought a Dell printer and are only able to get Dell-purchased ink to function in the printer. DH and I have a Kodak printer and can’t get refurbished cartridges for it, but we want them.

      My point is, every company makes their own set of rules for what can and can’t be done with their machinery (or what-have-you). The Cricut is hardly doing something “new” in the bossy/greedy department.

  26. photomama March 12, 2011 at 3:06 pm #

    I am glad i have NOT bought an expression machine (which I had planned on doing) I will buy a Cougar instead – they allow me to use any software I want – that is like Microsoft saying we can not use any software except Microsoft – (Microsoft may have some software that works – but NOT all of it works great with the things I need to do) Shame on Provo Craft – I thought they were in the business to help us with our craft and creativity – they are only in it for us to do craft and creativity THEIR way. Sorry, I like to think outside the box sometimes.

  27. Kathy H March 12, 2011 at 3:32 pm #

    ALL my PC things are going up for sale on Ebay tomarrow. I will never ever buy another product PC sells. I can’t wait for the downfall PC will have over this. One of the dumbest things they have ever done. Just watch the amount of used PC products go up for sale on Ebay and other sites like it. IDIOTS!!

    • norma March 13, 2011 at 11:41 pm #

      Just thing-if you sell your pc products on ebay someone else will buy it and continue to support pc and their greedy ways! I am going with a cougar as soon as I can! Have had no complaints with my E but don’t want to support pc anymore so will just keep my E.

    • Michelle March 18, 2011 at 3:04 am #

      Can you post a link to your auction

  28. Fran Walton March 12, 2011 at 3:55 pm #

    Here is a email I just left on the ProvoCraft web page, not that it will do any good.

    I have bought 3 of your products in the past 9 months, the Personal, Expressions and Cuttlebut. I have never bought or used a cartridge except the two that came with the cutters and I have put them in my cutters so they would work. That is the only thing I use the cartridges for.
    If I had known your company was in the process of a law suit against SureCutsALot and MakeTheCut I would have not have bought any of your products.
    I don’t want to cut something some one else had designed, I want to do it my self. Your products do not give me that freedom.
    If I could, I would return all the products and get my money back and spend it with another company.
    You can rest assured I have spent the last dime I will ever spend with your company.

    Fran Walton

  29. Dalis March 12, 2011 at 4:03 pm #

    You know where Provocraft can go to get my money, right? That’s it! I say NO MORE… I have my cricut, 80 cartridges and MTC…. NO MORE…. I will not buy one more cartridge!!!! and when the machine breaks which seem to be going in that way I will buy something else. Something that the company that is offering is not acting like the big bad wolf and oppressing the little companies.
    We should expect something better from an US american company!

  30. cindyburge March 12, 2011 at 4:44 pm #

    Thank goodness that I did NOT buy an expression like I was last week. I will now look for something else and get rid of my cricut and cartridges. I think we all should start a boycott of anything from their company. I wish I could unregister my cricut and cartridges on their site. They really screwed up this time.

  31. jackie March 12, 2011 at 5:34 pm #

    First off what is a black cat cougar? and I too agree with everyone I have an E,jukebox,gypsy.and now their latest lemon to hit the market the Imagine thats right in my book its a lemon but their to busy suing people to fix the Imagine .

    • Dalis March 12, 2011 at 5:42 pm #

      It is a new cutter, super duper fast and accurate, but their cheap model is almost $700. A girl can dream!

      http://thatsscrapinc.com/blackcatcutters.aspx

      • norma March 13, 2011 at 11:44 pm #

        cougar is coming out with a new model that will run about $500 if I remember correctly. I will have me one of them!

  32. CRyan March 12, 2011 at 7:57 pm #

    Thanks for the info Nancy. Alas, ProvoCraft isn’t going anywhere. This is the third time I have seen Cricut consumers in an uproar over something that PC has done. Remember the “Life’s A Beach” scandal over not having all the designs that were on the prerelease
    image sheet. They are protecting their rights as a company, you as a consumer should be more aware of what you are purchasing. My guess is that you bought the Cricut because of it’s price and the MTC or SCAL because you could use them with the Cricut without purchasing the higher priced machines. Do the research before you buy.

  33. VIckie larsons March 12, 2011 at 8:00 pm #

    If you want a machine that doesn’t use cartridges, and has great support, check out the KNK. They have a machine starting at $599. It’s much more than a cricut, but you can bring in lots of different clipart. You can even trace your own stuff and make clipart from that!

    http://www.knkusa.com

  34. Sandy March 12, 2011 at 9:58 pm #

    HI I just bought my wxpression about 6 weeks ago and purchased sure cuts. The only reason I bought the expression was so that I could use sure cuts. I also purchase 7 other cartridges. I wonder If I can contact cricut and demand my money back. I have purchased other products like printers and computers and have never been told what products to use on them. This is going to be detrimental to PC. I won’t buy another PC product till I see what happens with sure cuts. I really love the program and can design my own art with it that is why I bought the cricut so that I could use the software with it. I am really very upset by this.

  35. Kathy Brockman March 12, 2011 at 10:57 pm #

    I don’t understand why so many people are upset with Provo Craft for defending their intellectual property. Whether you like MTC or SCAL, both business were formed to piggyback off Provo’s investment. Why trash Provo for this? Would you want to invest time and money in a product, only to have someone else come along and do what these two companies did? I think not!

    • Michelle March 18, 2011 at 3:08 am #

      Exactly. I don’t understand why people are sticking up for a company that did this. They should be mad at them for selling them a product that was a copyright violation. Don’t think for a moment they didn’t know what they were doing.

  36. Carla March 12, 2011 at 11:15 pm #

    So sad! MTC software was a great enhancement to the PC Cricut. I have over 40 cartridges and brought new ones as I felt the need. But now I have no intent on buying another Cricut cartridge. I look forward to purchasing another cutter.

  37. Shirley E. March 13, 2011 at 12:22 am #

    I agree. Provo Craft rocks, the upside of all this for all of us believers is that we may start buying some really cheap used Cricut Cartridges online now. LOL!!

  38. Cyndi March 13, 2011 at 12:30 am #

    Seriously, the top of my head is going to explode off of my body! First of all, Provocraft does not provide the Design Studio in a format for Mac users. I had to get rid of my Studio years ago when I bought my Mac, and PC has never attempted to accommodate the large and growing number of Mac users with a compatible version. I thought the Gypsy would solve this problem, but what a piece of junk. I have never been able to get its features to work correctly on MY MAC!!! I bought, loaded and was using SCAL in one day. If PC could design and support anything half as well as that program, they wouldn’t be annoying the entire world with their lawsuits. Finally – the complete irony is – the SCAL program has opened up a whole new world for me in scrapbooking, and consequently I have purchased more Cricut cartridges in the last three months than I had before I bought SCAL. I was very excited by the prospect of having such a wide range of possibilities that the cartridges and SCAL gave me. I also just bid on a Cuttlebug, never having wanted one before (glad I lost that bid!). PC is so behind in their understanding of their customers, or – as others have mentioned – they would be working to create partnerships with these companies. I see mention of a “Cougar” as a replacement to the Cricut, I will be checking it out.

  39. christina carr March 13, 2011 at 12:44 am #

    I switched to MTC because PC did not listen to the voice of the people. Their were several PC customers that complained about providing updates to the Cricut design Studio Software…I was one of them. They never came out with updates…they made the Gypsy instead. Their were several people that used the Cricut with SCAL and MTC and posted the images on the PC message board, so PC erased every image from the 3rd party company and changed the whole message board. I used to visit the board daily, but I stopped because they made everything into an issue. They have time to create machines that were over priced, to come out with cartridges that were not requested (ignored the customer requests for certain cartridges), and then wondered where all their customers went and are trying to blame 3rd party companies for their loss of sales. This lawsuit is the epitomy of stupidity in the business model that PC has shown. They had a large customer base, but were upset when the customers fled to use other 3rd party company products because these other companies actually listened to the complaints and made the improvements. This lawsuit is only going to shrink their customer base and they will lose even more business as a result and continue in this doward spiral. It’s a shame that PC did not attempt to bridge the gap and form partnerships with these 3rd party companies…in the end the only loser of this lawsuit will be PC and the customers that are losing faith in a product that had great potential.

    • Kathy B March 13, 2011 at 9:23 am #

      Just because “several” people want a particular item or disagree with policies does not mean PC is not doing a good job. I have been a LOYAL customer for years. I think that is what the defining issue really is — loyalty OR selfishness. Seriously, read some of these posts. The ones trashing PC want to have it THEIR way, whether it is LEGAL or not!

      • Retta S March 14, 2011 at 2:10 pm #

        You know – everybody assumes that because Make-the-Cut settled that what they had done was illegal. That was not tested in a court of law. What it did say – someone didn’t want to make their lawyer as rich. If this had played out for years, everything you all are talking about – from PC to Make-the-Cut only gets more expensive.

        By the way – we aren’t talking about ink. We are talking about a software that sends a file to a “plotter.” A plotter is like a printer. And as long as your software can talk to the printer – it should print. Or in this case, cut, draw the lines etc. I would be furious if I purchased a printer – and the software I purchased couldn’t print to it.

        Backing up a cartridge with the idea of sharing those images, would be an infringement on those files. But creating new works in your software shouldn’t be a problem with Cricut copywrite. The only problem is – they do want to sell more cartridges and if I miss my guess – more software and devices that limit things you might be albe to do for yourself and instead have you tied to all of their products.

        I personal researched and reasearched. I own a Blackcat Cougar and just love it. MTC works with it and I’m extremely happy for this mid priced software.

        Just remember – settlement does not mean an admission of having done something illegal.

        • Retta S March 14, 2011 at 2:39 pm #

          In an added note for the poster that said of course we don’t make our own things. I design cutter files for myself and others. I don’t charge but share my files and hope to one day selll them. At this point, I’m still learning to use MTC, but actually use a free software – Inkscape to design many of my files. They then can be converted to other formats for more than one cutter.

          The drivers for most devices – printer, scanner and more – are usually available to others because your computer needs them to talk to the device. If they wouldn’t be shared – your computer wouldn’t be able to be used with that device.

  40. Debbie O March 13, 2011 at 1:07 am #

    WOW…I find it really ridiculous that so many of you are bashing PC for protecting their patented product. PC invested heavily in creating a product and they have every right to protect their investment. MTC and Sure Cuts Alot knowingly and in violation of copy right laws ripped off PC. They are the ones who should be bashed, not PC.

    But then again…you knew you were violating the PC warranty the first time you used any of these 3rd party softwares so I guess you are all think it is justified to rip someone off just because it benefits yourself.

    And for those people who are saying I buy other technical products and they don’t tell me what I can use or not use…go back and read your warranties…with most printers for instance there is a disclaimer about using 3rd party ink that will invalidate your warranties on those machines.

    I applaud PC for standing up for what is right. And guess what? Evidently so did the courts !!!!!!!!!!!

    And for those of you who are bashing those of us who do use PC products and think we are not being creative…shame on you ! Are you making your own paper, glue, embellishments yourself OR your own fonts and designs instead of downloading free images to cut…of course not…you are using products made by others in pursuit of your creative project dream…please stop saying that those of us who do enjoy using the PC cartridge images are not being creative. This just makes you sound petty and small minded.

    • Viv March 13, 2011 at 3:37 am #

      Thank you, Debbie. Stealing software code is piracy. Downloading free images that one blogger has stolen from a stamp company and put on her blog is piracy. Copying a friend’s CD she just bought is piracy. These things hurt the whole industry. They make it impossible and unprofitable for companies to develop products at a reasonable price.

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    • DEB ROBINSON March 14, 2011 at 7:50 am #

      thank you. I couldn’t have said it any better!!

  41. Sherree Smith March 13, 2011 at 1:39 am #

    I a sick to death with Provo Craft! I am a Cricut owner–in fact I own a personal cutter as well as 2 expression machines–along with 90 cartridges! I also own MTC AND Design Studio! I have supported Provo Craft in many ways, including teaching HUNDREDS of tutorial classes on the Cricut machines! But I have no desire to be a customer of Provo Craft any longer!

    I understand the business standpoint of protecting your property, however, we have the right to free enterprise in this country, and in many cases that freedom steps on profit toes. For instance, designers created dresses worth thousands that stars wear to red carpet events, and within days network shows are offering “knock offs” of those dresses at a percentage of the cost. Even grocery stores have brand name items sitting on their shelves right next to their store brand items that are a carbon copy of the originals! In my opinion, Provo Craft is just ticked off that someone came up with the 3rd party software and stepped into the market that PC wants to monopolize.

    PC makes promises they don’t keep–such as the 2 useless buttons on the Expression that they have been promising for YEARS to write software for, selling items like the Imagine and the Gypsy LONG before they are market ready and leaving their customers with an expensive paper weight they can’t use, and how about those cartridges they are so proud of!?! I am tired of of them pulling images off of old cartridges and “remixing” them and calling them new cartridges!

    Provo Craft–live up to your promises and you won’t have to worry about others stealing your business! Any customers you’ve lost has been by your own hand, because you only concern yourself with selling more stuff–usable or not!

  42. KimberlyRae March 13, 2011 at 3:00 am #

    Wow!! I was considering a cricut
    BUT
    I’m very happy my FIRST Cutter is an eCraft!
    The CW company stands by MTC!! WooT!

  43. Anne March 13, 2011 at 4:33 am #

    Years ago I looked at the Cricut when it was first introduced. I did some research because I did not want to commit to buying cartridges. I bought a Wishblade instead. The ONLY reason I purchased a Cricut Expression is because of 3rd party software. If it hadn’t been for SCAL and MTC I would not own a Cricut today. PC should be thankful to these 3rd party software companies. I’m sure they have sold more machines because of them than they would have without them. I, too, will no longer support PC in any form.

    Thank you Ann and Andy for your awesome software. I LOVE it and have recommended it to everyone who owns a cutter or is thinking of buying one!

  44. C moore March 13, 2011 at 7:04 am #

    I am sorry that the judge could not get feedback from the public first, I am sure things would have been different.

    • Nancy Nally March 13, 2011 at 9:25 am #

      This was not ordered by a judge. A “settlement” means that this was an agreement that was reached voluntarily by negotiation between Provo Craft and Make The Cut.

  45. Donna March 13, 2011 at 9:25 am #

    Provo Craft was being stolen from! They have every right to sue. Of course you would be against them when you were getting their product without paying for it! Shame on all of you, if you were being stolen from I’m sure you would do something about it!

    • Polly March 13, 2011 at 10:39 pm #

      How was anyone getting PC’s product without paying for it????

  46. Nancy Nally March 13, 2011 at 9:29 am #

    Personal attacks on other commenters will not be tolerated, and could result in commenters being banned. Let’s keep it civil, please. If you wouldn’t say it to someone’s face, please don’t type it.

  47. Robin March 13, 2011 at 9:29 am #

    PC made a verrrrrrry bad move. They will lose tons of business! When I buy a Dell computer they don’t force me to use ALL Dell products etc.!!!! The cricut is not that great anyway now that there are so many better cutters available. I’ve owned personal cricut, expression and cuttlebug. I’ve used the Imagine and it is JUNK- a friend of mine won one and hates it and wants to sell it but nobody wants to buy it- even at a discount brand new. Their customer services is crappy and that is a big NO NO these days!

  48. Connie March 13, 2011 at 10:58 am #

    I myself can not run out and buy a new machine. So I just will not do any updates on my E until I can buy something else. I only own 5 carts and I am sure I can sell those since they are more or less brand new. I don’t see how this can be done. Its like buying anything and the company saying you cant use anything else with it. We own a GMC my husband does all the work on our vehicle but he sure does not go to the dealer to buy our parts. He buys cheaper parts that works just as good. You don’t see GM threatening law suits. PC has been given too much power ;o(

  49. Debbie March 13, 2011 at 11:06 am #

    First of all let me tell you that I do not own a Cricut. I can understand why most of you are upset about this. However, I do feel PC has every right to protect their copyright. One question I have for all of you using MTC and/or SCAL, when you purchased and downloaded the software, did either of these companies tell you outright that they do not have permission from PC? If not, then be mad at them for duping you. If they did, you should be mad at yourself for not reading the fine print. Is PC really a greedy company? I can’t think of one single business who doesn’t want to make a profit. Are they greedy?

    • Michelle March 18, 2011 at 3:20 am #

      Trying to make a profit so all those people that work for them can continue having jobs. I don’t see anything wrong with wanting to make money.
      Breaking through PCs code is like breaking into someone’s house. Regardless of it being a settlement, it means guilt. You do not settle if you are making all kinds of money from something legal, you settle so you don’t get a bigger punishment. As far as not having money to fight big bad provocraft, if MTC was right and did nothing wrong, they can sue to regain all their legal costs due to a frivolous lawsuit from provocraft. So that arguement does not hold water.
      You can really argue all you want and compare apples to oranges all you want, but I can guarantee you if someone stole from you this way you would see it differently.

      • Nancy Nally March 18, 2011 at 8:33 am #

        Michelle, if only our legal system worked that wonderful just way you described…but it doesn’t. Innocent people pay settlements and take criminal pleas every day on the advice of their lawyers because whether they are in the right or not, the attorney believes that in court they will lose. Our legal system is far from fair or perfect. Being right and being able to win in court are two very very different things. And it is very rare for a defendant in a suit to be awarded legal fees after they have won.

  50. Darla Welch March 13, 2011 at 11:36 am #

    If I owned Cougar, I’d start advertising like crazy right now. PC just created the perfect marketing opportunity for Cougar!

    • Mary HK March 13, 2011 at 8:48 pm #

      hopefully, the price of the cougar will come down as the demand increases