My take on this issue is somewhat cotraversial. If you decide to make
your hard won skills available to everyone, ie effectively free, then
I dont think you can complain if there are folk out in the big bad
world who will take advantage of you. Thats the rough tough world
that we live in today.
Once apon a time in the dim and distant past, knowhow in metal
working was considered to be almost magical.
so the metal smiths, particularly the gold smiths formed guilds to
ensure quality standards, to control how knowhow was passed on,and
to prevent any one calling themselves goldsmiths when they were not
As a system in that time frame it worked well.
For example if you wanted to become a goldsmith you needed to be
indentured to a working master who had to put up with all the
aggravation appentices bring the time wasting and metal spoiled. So
the master required the the parents of the said apprentice paid a fee
to the master to take on the said youth.
Despite what one is told by colleges and universities running
goldsmithing courses they are no substitute for an apprentiship
scheme. I wouldnt dream of making my original techniques available to
If however you bought one of my products, went away and worked out
how to make an exact copy., and was able to make in the same time for
the same profit,
id say good luck to you. You would have a hard job on your hands.