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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.
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.
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.
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.
Last edited by NanaCsews2; 04-10-2012 at 05:52 PM.
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