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Old 12-05-2020, 06:47 AM
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Oh SuzSlo, that is wonderful. Most of us don't think of things like that.
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Old 12-05-2020, 09:55 AM
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Originally Posted by Iceblossom View Post
The strict answer is that no, it is the instructions themselves that are copyrighted and each person should have their own set. I would suggest you contact the designer directly to see if they have a solution.
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Thanks. I have sent off an e-mail this morning.
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Old 12-05-2020, 10:00 AM
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Originally Posted by PatriceJ View Post
you cannot legally share copies of the pattern.

if each of the blocks in the layout is from the public domain, or an obvious derivative of something in the public domain you can probably track down instructions for each block. there's a good chance you could even find free instructions if you search diligently.

or you could help each other figure out how to make each block.
I sent off an e-mail to the designer's website this morning. If I find that I can copy & share, or not, would that be what I need to try to start a group maybe in the "Challenges - quilt-along" forum here to see if there is any interest. I've never started a group on-line before - just joined in...?
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Old 12-05-2020, 10:02 AM
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Originally Posted by SuzSLO View Post
Have you tried contacting the publisher? I think Oxmoor still publishes.

Years ago, when eBay was in its infancy and Amazon only sold new books, I found a quilt book I wanted on eBay that was no longer in print. The bidding quickly skyrocketed to ridiculous numbers— 5 times list price— so I decided to try something different. I wrote to C&T, the publisher, to ask if I could pay a copyright fee to allow me to make a photocopy of the entire locally available library book.

A week or so later, I got a call from C&T. They had a few copies of the book they had found stuffed in a corner of the warehouse, but they were somewhat damaged, so they couldn’t sell them for full price. Would I be interested in buying a copy for half price? Why yes, yes I would. Still have the book on my shelf today.
Excellent idea. Thank you for your response. I did e-mail the website this morning. We'll see what I hear.
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Old 12-05-2020, 10:06 AM
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Thanks to all that replied. That was my basic understanding of the legalities also, especially if it's an on-line group available to a lot of people. It would just be nice to be able to share the journey with others who are interested, but enjoy sharing the process, ideas, tips, or need some group motivation to keep going on long-term projects...

I love that about these boards.
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Old 12-06-2020, 10:54 AM
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Originally Posted by SuzSLO View Post
A week or so later, I got a call from C&T. They had a few copies of the book they had found stuffed in a corner of the warehouse, but they were somewhat damaged, so they couldn’t sell them for full price. Would I be interested in buying a copy for half price? Why yes, yes I would. Still have the book on my shelf today.
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Old 12-06-2020, 11:42 AM
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I also think that as long as you are not mass producing to make a profit sharing with a friend quilter is okay
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Old 12-07-2020, 07:10 AM
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"or is it OK to share my own pattern if someone can't find a reasonably priced copy"

I noticed the OP said "share their pattern", not share a COPY of their pattern. In other words, could they simply hand their original pattern to others in the group to work with.............not a copy? A lot of plans, like house plans, are for building only one house and is usually stated on the plans. Do quilt patterns ever state that they are only for making one quilt?

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Old 12-07-2020, 09:44 AM
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Do you buy an out-of-print book to read and think it is okay to make ten photocopies for your friends?
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Old 12-08-2020, 09:16 AM
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Originally Posted by Mdegenhart View Post
Do you buy an out-of-print book to read and think it is okay to make ten photocopies for your friends?
I can give them the book when I'm finished. Someone on here may have the needed pattern they would be willing to give OP.
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