I made several of those braided table runners to sell, so I decided to ask the person who made them about this copy right issue.
Here's what I sent her:
> The topic of copyright came up on a forum I read. I was
> wondering if I could get your point of view.
> One person emailed the writer of a book of quilt patterns
> to ask if it was okay if she made a few quilts of a pattern
> and sold them, if that was allowed. The author replied to
> say anything she creates is fine, and it's her choice
> what she does, but it was not okay to copy the information
> from the book. So, we're wondering if that's the
> rule in most places.
> I read the copyright statement at the bottom of the
> "Quick Table Topper" directions page. I
> understand that to mean folks can't print the
> directions out, then photo copy them for others because
> you'd like them to visit your site. That makes perfect
> marketing sense. But what about making several of that
> pattern, say less than 10, to sell at a local craft sale.
> Does copyright effect this?
> Thanks for your input. I'd like to share your response
> with the forum if it's okay.
And here's her response:
Most designers will put some sort of restriction on their copyright stopping mass production of their design. Except for Lazy Girl, whose copyright specifically forbids it, they don't mean a couple at a craft show. They mean a manufacturing business.
As for me, I really don't mind if you make a few and sell them. It would be very nice if you could give the website credit, but I understand that you can't always do that. So don't worry about me:-))