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Old 08-28-2018, 10:40 AM
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If there is a free pattern online that I like, can I make copies and give them to members of my guild? There is no copyright on the 2 page pattern. I have emailed this question to the email address on the pattern, but I have not had an answer.

I am considering doing a program for my guild on Bargello quilts. I was wondering if I could give guild members a copy of the pattern. I know I can give them the info to copy it themselves from the internet, but I was wondering if I could just skip that step.

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Old 08-28-2018, 10:48 AM
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I would say no. Just because there is no printed copyright on the pattern doesn't mean it doesn't exist.

To be safe, how about you simply direct the members to download and print out their own copies?
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designers put free patterns on their sites to encourage folks to visit their sites. it would probably be best to have each person access their own copy of the pattern.
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No, you need to share the website and each person needs to visit, download the pattern for themselves.
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Old 08-28-2018, 11:55 AM
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Okay, thanks. I would certainly rather be safe than sorry.

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Old 08-28-2018, 01:20 PM
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What I do is give everyone the link to print out the pattern. Never fails someone or two will make extra copies for those that don't have a copy anyway. I usually have a couple of backup print outs. Someone will forget to bring their pattern or be missing a page but I don't offer to print them out just because they are free. Most want to save ink and say their printer is broke or some such excuse if they think someone will print it for them.
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Do bloggers get "credits" when someone visits their site?
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Old 08-28-2018, 01:31 PM
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Originally Posted by bearisgray View Post
Do bloggers get "credits" when someone visits their site?
They get "hits" which they use to show potential advertisers their traffic. The more traffic, the higher price the advertising.

Also, if someone likes that free pattern, they are more likely to look at the other patterns offered for sale on that site and purchase them.

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Old 08-29-2018, 02:44 AM
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"Most want to save ink and say their printer is broke or some such excuse if they think someone will print it for them"

Boy, isn't that the truth, Onebyone. I have a friend who's printer has been down for over a year. She has wanted me to print out anything from the Guild's directory to full color directions for blocks of the month. I know some under a budget don't have internet access, that's another story.
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I just got the best news, I got an answer to the question of could I make copies of the quilt pattern that was free online. I was told "Once you download the pattern, you can do whatever you want with it. Enjoy." Wasn't that nice.

This was from Northcott Fabrics. The pattern is by Patti Carey and is on their site.

All smiles here.

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