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    Quote Originally Posted by bakermom View Post
    MYOB. you don't have the facts and as others have noted, the designers can state whatever they want but they cannot control what you make with the pattern
    Perfect and I agree.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tartan View Post
    I refuse to be the Quilt Police. I hate the way quilting is going with lawsuits and copyright fights.
    I think I like this response best. I'm not in charge of someone else's work.

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    My neighbor (attorney) has answered this for me several times. A designer can have many rules attached to a pattern. A rule is not a copyright. If you break a rule what happens? If you are a teenager you get grounded. Breaking a rule is not breaking the law. If you notice all rules are printed right next to the copyright so you think it is part of the copyright law. Don't break copyrights but rules as everyone knows are for breaking.
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    The whole issue of copyright when applied to items made from a purchased pattern has been the object of intense discussion in several places, including this forum. If a large company went out and bought a pattern for a bag, say, for $10.00 and began making and selling the bags for $50 commercially, like in some chain store with 500 stores, then I would say the designer might have a beef. But when it comes to one person buying the pattern and making 1 or 2 quilts and selling them at local craft fairs or the like, there's not a lot the designer can claim as copyright infringement. The quilt maker did not copy and sell the pattern...she made something from a pattern that she paid for, and then sold the item. Big deal!! Some designers are even trying to say that quilts made from their patterns cannot be shown at any quilt show without giving the designer credit for the design. This is getting way silly, and you are correct, the courts are finding in favor of the person who purchases the pattern.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ckcowl View Post
    the pattern itself is what is protected----if the person at the craft fair was trying to sell copies of the pattern that she had copied herself---that is an infringement---
    you can not publish or copy other designers patterns and sell them as your own-
    when you purchase a pattern you can use it to create something of your own & do with it what you want.
    this is what i believe to be correct.

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    I contacted a designer when I noticed her design being used as someone else's design. She wrote me back and thanked me, apparently the person was stealing her designs and selling the product. The newspaper had taken a picture of the item and I saw it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tartan View Post
    I refuse to be the Quilt Police. I hate the way quilting is going with lawsuits and copyright fights.
    I agree, I thought quilting was all about sharing, years ago quilt block patterns were published in News Papers, for anyone who cared to use them. I just don't understand, we buy their patterns, but the quilts we make with them are our own, we should be able to do with them what we want. Same thing with patterns published in magazines. Sorry I'll get off my soap box now. Its just so irritating!!

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    It may look like the designers design but how do you know the woman did not design it herself. I have designed things and later found out I wass not as original as I thought. It is not for you to judge.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tartan View Post
    I refuse to be the Quilt Police. I hate the way quilting is going with lawsuits and copyright fights.
    I agree. And the fact that the controversy keeps going on and on all over the internet regarding this makes me worry very little about it. I have a few questions though: Just how is anyone going to check that a person made only 10 quilts of a select pattern and sold them? How long does it take to look around and check it out to see if indeed only 10 were made? And just where do they start looking to find all 10? What would they do if they found 9? Give up cuz they are tired of looking? I picked up a pattern at my LQS and it said that a certain # could be sold. Thank you but no thank you, back on the rack it went. Befuddles me to no end.
    Last edited by NanaCsews2; 04-10-2012 at 05:52 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tartan View Post
    I refuse to be the Quilt Police. I hate the way quilting is going with lawsuits and copyright fights.
    I agree with Tartan. Saying that if I buy the pattern (which is a rare event for me) and I buy the fabric, then I cut it sew it quilt it, it is mine to sell if I so choose. If they don't like it I won't buy thier fabrics. Or Patterns!!!! Not to good for them if thier product is not selling.
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