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Thread: Copy right...what's the bottom line?

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    Copy right...what's the bottom line?

    I have been asked to make a few of my bow tucks purses for a friend to sell at a bazaar. Is that okay? I'm so confused when I read all the copy right postings. Please help.

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    I see people sell them on etsy all the time, but not sure!!

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    With the bow tucks bag, the designer gives you permission on her website! Print it off, and laminate it, so you can present it if anyone ever asks!

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    good on you for asking ;-)

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    bottom line is---if you are using a commercial pattern---check the pattern for the permissions given-often the designer will include permission to sell, display, personal use only ect-
    if there is no such permission anywhere to be found- send an email & ask- it doesn't cost anything to ask permission to use someone's design- and always give credit where credit is due- include the name of the pattern or designer on your label- don't try to claim it as your own.
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    Thanks Jacquie, I will check out her website. Appreciate the responses....had seen a lot of discussion on the subject. I didn't want my friend to get to the bazaar and get in trouble!

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    Everything I have read states that you may not share the pattern, but what you make from the pattern is your property to give or sell as you so desire. The pattern or book is copyrighted, but no one can copyright the product made from the pattern. The way I understand it, material is the same. You cannot sell a bolt of material without permission, but the moment you cut the material into pieces and make something, it is yours to do with as you please. I have not been able to find any evidence that a court upheld a copyright in favor of the copyright holder where the issue was a product made from the pattern, book or material.

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    The way I understand it, material is the same. You cannot sell a bolt of material without permission,

    I think you cannot COPY the bolt of material, but you can resell the bolt of material. We find bolts of material on Craig's List, at yard sales, etc. on EBay. You can't reprint the fabric design and reproduce the fabric.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TanyaL View Post
    The way I understand it, material is the same. You cannot sell a bolt of material without permission,

    I think you cannot COPY the bolt of material, but you can resell the bolt of material. We find bolts of material on Craig's List, at yard sales, etc. on EBay. You can't reprint the fabric design and reproduce the fabric.
    Sorry, I misspoke. I meant trademarked or licensed material, things like Disney, etc. You can't legally resell the material, but you can make items from it and sell them. You cannot, however, advertise them as a Disney product. (example a Mickey Mouse purse)

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