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Thread: Copyright answer from Quilter's World

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    I received this today in answer to my question to what Quilter's World take on the copyright rules for their magazine. In essence they are saying we can't sell on Ebay!!! I'm going to write back and tell her that some of the people that get the magazines live so far out, that their only source is to sell on Ebay. I can understand not selling 1000s of them, but do think it should be okay to sell ONE! It looks as though, if you read further down, that if you write and ask, they'll probably let you though. Tell me if you read it the same way:

    Dear Dee,

    Thank you for your inquiry regarding obtaining permission to produce
    projects based on patterns or ideas from one or more of our publications.

    We do not require that you obtain our permission for small-scale productions
    of projects made from our patterns. You may make and sell these at local
    bazaars and retail outlets, fund-raisers, or in other similar manner.

    We ask that you do not allow these projects to be sold electronically, such
    as via Internet/Web pages, e-mail requests or bulletin board postings. In
    small-scale production of these projects we do not require that you indicate
    the copyrighted source of the pattern or idea. However, many people are
    interested in knowing the source of hand-crafted items, so it's a good
    feature to include when selling the project.

    Large-quantity or mass production of projects from our publications is
    prohibited without first obtaining written consent to do so.

    If you have questions regarding whether or not your situation requires
    written permission, please feel free to contact us with specifics about your
    plans, such as the pattern(s) that you will be using to make the projects
    and the quantities you expect to produce, so we can make a better
    determination of whether or not our written permission would be required.

    DRG Publishing
    Attn: Copyright information
    306 East Parr Road
    Berne, IN 46711-2159


    Please let us know if you have any further questions.

    Thank you,

    Brandi
    Customer Service
    www.WhiteBirches.com
    1-800-829-5865

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    Sounds like it to me.

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    No mention of quilt shows. My understanding is they don't want photos put on ebay etc because those show the quilt (pattern) to the entire world.

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    Wow.

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    Sounds reasonable to me :-)

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    I'm thinking don't ask, don't tell makes more sense then anything.

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    I have submitted a query to Tabber regarding this post, to see what he says on the issue. On his home page, is this:

    http://www.tabberone.com/Trademarks/...ompanies.shtml

    It seems to indicate that even though McCalls and Quilters World (and any others) SAY they can restrict what you do with quilts you make from a pattern, it is NOT correct. I urge all of you to read the article. And do whatever you want with the quilts you make.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gaigai
    I have submitted a query to Tabber regarding this post, to see what he says on the issue. On his home page, is this:

    http://www.tabberone.com/Trademarks/...ompanies.shtml

    It seems to indicate that even though McCalls and Quilters World (and any others) SAY they can restrict what you do with quilts you make from a pattern, it is NOT correct. I urge all of you to read the article. And do whatever you want with the quilts you make.
    That's the best information I've read yet...and the most LOGICAL of all! This line really grabbed me: "The patterns you submitted are not technical drawings, diagrams, or models, nor do they portray the appearance of the objects manufactured. they are the outlines of the component parts used in the manufacture of products. They are intrinsically utilitarian and functional, and thus are not eligible for copyright protection." That exactly what the patterns for quilts are....they are OUTLINES of the component parts used in the manufacture of products. Now..if we were talking Plastic templates or reproducing and selling the plastic rulers...that's another story!!! thank you, GaiGai

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    Did you read this one? I just found it.

    Know Your Rights (and Wrongs): A Copyright Primer for Quilters

    http://www.tabberone.com/Trademarks/...ndWrongs.shtml

    and the rebuttal

    http://www.tabberone.com/Trademarks/...s_Issues.shtml

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    Let me begin by stating that DRG Publishing has TWO registered copyrights, both in 2005. One for a publication titled "Lets have A Party!" and the other titled "Woodworking For Women." DRG may well have a periodical copyright that is used by magazines and newspapers but that copyright covers the magazine in general and is not specific to any particular article or pattern.

    Quilter's World has no registered copyrights and White Birches has no registered copyrights. Registered copyrights are very important to those who market protectable products because it allows the copyright owner to collect statutory damages as well as attorney fees in federal court. Otherwise the cost of enforcing a registered copyright would be prohibitive to the copyright owner. Not bothering to register a copyright is an indicator of bad management or of a non-copyrightable product. Imagine Disney not registering a copyright on the motion picture "Monsters Inc". That would be silly. But why waste money trying to register something the Copyright Office will not accept? That is why individual patterns are not often registered.

    Assume Quilter's World did have a registered copyright on the quilt pattern. The moment Quilter's World voluntarily sells you a pattern through your purchase of the magazine, that pattern and the right to make the item belongs to you. Even if the design is covered by the copyright, when Quilter's World sells you the pattern it gives you permission to make the item unless there is a written contract saying otherwise. In 1908 the Supreme Court settled the issue of copyright owners imposing restrictions on the further use or sale of their products by ruling that placing a written limitation on the product did not make that limitation binding upon the purchaser:

    "In our view the copyright statutes, while protecting the owner of the copyright in his right to multiply and sell his production, do not create the right to impose, by notice, such as is disclosed in this case, a limitation at which the book shall be sold at retail by future purchasers, with whom there is no privity of contract."

    Bobbs-Merril vs Straus, 210 U.S. 339 (1908)

    In the Supreme Court ruling, Baker v Selden, 101 US 99 (1879), the court stated that a claimed copyright on "patterns for cutting dresses and basques for ladies, and coats, jackets" was "printed and published for information, and not for use in themselves" and the copyright owner could not control the making of the clothing items.

    Any use limitation stated on the pattern or in the magazine is not enforceable. Secondly, still assuming Quilter's World held a registered copyright on the pattern or the design on the quilt, once the pattern is sold to you and you make the quilt, any photograph you take of YOUR copy (the quilt you made) is not covered by the registered copyright that Quilters World has of their copy of the quilt. Their registered copyright does not extend to items made from the pattern they sold you. You are completely within your rights to take and display photographs of your copy (the quilt you made) because it belongs to you, not to the copyright owner. Imagine Harley-Davidson telling you that you could not take a display a picture of your new motorcycle. Does that sound practical? In addition, if you are selling items made from the pattern (still assuming Quilters World has a registered copyright), copyright law specifically grants permission to do use photographs to sell the item.

    17 U.S.C. 113 Scope of exclusive rights in pictorial, graphic, and sculptural works

    (c) In the case of a work lawfully reproduced in useful articles that have been offered for sale or other distribution to the public, copyright does not
    include any right to prevent the making, distribution, or display of pictures or photographs of such articles in connection with advertisements or
    commentaries related to the distribution or display of such articles, or in connection with news reports.

    The statute specifically states "does not include" the "right to prevent" the use of pictures to sell the item. Either way, Quilters World loses this argument. No copyright means no right to limit use and/or even if there is a copyright in the pattern or design it does not extend to the item made from the pattern sold to you.

    Written permission is not required for making anything from a lawfully acquired pattern.

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