Saturday, December 4, 2010
A Word about Copyrights and Sewing Patterns
I see copyright infringement all the time in my business. There are lots of grey areas and there are some hard and fast rules. I am probably even guilty if ignorant of my own infringements. But I try to be careful in this area to respect the property of others.
Major pattern companies have the resources to check online, at craft fairs and so forth and to fine violators. Independent designers typically do not.
Independent designers might give you permission or sell you limited rights but you must ask and you should get it in writing and if you do get permission you still may not claim the design as your own.
Tempting as it may be, don't share your patterns with others. Keep to the rule, one pattern per person.
Think of it as if you were in the designer's shoes. Would you like to have several strangers take $5 or $6 dollars out of your paycheque or savings account every week? No? Well that's exactly what you do to the designer every time you copy and share sewing patterns.
I don't feel comfortable sharing this pattern because of the copyright. I know how hard the designers work on their sewing patterns and if you purchase your own copy, it will help them stay in business.
If you see someone distributing copies from books, patterns or websites, don't accept them. It's OK to distribute the sources but not the materials, unless you have obtained the rights to do so.