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Thread: When am I infringing on copyrights

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    i wouldn't think that was infringement since all of those blocks are in the pubic domain and you've changed the size.

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    The copyright is in the written pattern itself, NOT the technique. As has been said, thse blocks are public domain so I think you're good to go without worrying.

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    This is why copyright confuses quilters. We all understand if you copy a pattern exactly and don't give credit or try to pass it off as your own that you are infringing. It's when you change the dimensions, make your own version or change it in other ways that is confusing. I think it doesn't matter if it is for personal use or for a gift. If you are displaying it at a show, the designer should be credited. As for selling it, just don't even go there! Your quilt is very eye catching. Good job.

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    It is my opinion that the design was from a pattern and carries a copyright. It is not the individual stars that would be the issue but how those stars are grouped together in a final piece. Questions here are: where did you see the quilt. Did you make a picture of it. What do you intend to do with the finihed produce you have redrawn. There was a recent case where a quilter who makes quilts and sells on the internet would take pictures seen in shows and then go home and duplicate. She thought making a few changes would override the copyright but the quilts were still very distinctive and recognizable from one designer.
    BIG trouble with the designer as well as book publisher etc.
    So the question again is what are you going to do with the finished product. If wrapping your baby in it or exhibiting for competition, selling etc etc etc. So depending on these situations might be safe to try and find the origin of the quilt. It appears to be "original deign" to me.

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    I just love your star block. Could you share if this is one you made up or is it available in a quilt pattern? Thanks for sharing, Nancy

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    Very pretty!! These designs have been in the public domain for a very long time and there are thousands of ways to arrange them together. I have seen many that are similar to yours and some of these quilts are over 50 - 60 yrs old. Check out the quilt museums' data bases and you will find lots. I wouldn't think that there is any infringement on your part.

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    This is the best website for information about quilting and copyright. It will answer all your questions, and correct some of the misinformation that has already been posted here.

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

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    I am new to quilting (not sewing). I ask because I did not
    want to infringe on anyones territory. I do not remember
    where on the internet that I saw this but really liked it. In making this for my grandaughter for the Fourth of July, it
    was for personal use only.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gaigai
    This is the best website for information about quilting and copyright. It will answer all your questions, and correct some of the misinformation that has already been posted here.

    http://www.tabberone.com/Trademarks/...Quilting.shtml
    Actually, the best website for information on US copyright law is the US Copyright Office itself at http://www.copyright.gov/help/faq/. The site referenced in the quoted posting is opinionated and onesided. It is maintained by eBay sellers, not attorneys.

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    you are infringing on someones copywrite when you copy their design and (pretend) it is your own- by either displaying or by monetary gain- without obtaining permission from the designer-
    you can sew a bunch of blocks together in any layout you come up with and use it- it is yours- if you use some one'w pattern you should give credit where due(add the pattern source to your label -and do not display it at any shows or sell it or even donate it without asking permission first.
    Quote Originally Posted by dohogn3764
    I saw this really cute infant blanket with (6) block sizes of 8" X 8" and some borders. I could not find the name of the pattern. However, I did figured out the pattern and made it with different measurements. At what point
    am I infringing on the copyrights of the designer.

    Help!

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