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    Senior Member hannajo's Avatar
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    As a new quilter, I'm wondering about the sharing of ideas, so to speak. Besides a few quilting magazines, I have never actually bought a pattern. Basically, I've browsed a lot on the internet. If I see something I like and think it's in my skill level, I just create it myself on graph paper, sometimes the same, sometimes changing it.

    My question for those experienced in the industry is at what point does it change from being inspired by someone's work to stealing someone's pattern, to even plagiarism (I don't have a better word right now.)? Right now, I'm just making simple quilts for myself and family. I imagine things are different for people who sell quilts or enter them in competitions and shows. I'm interested to see what others' thoughts on this are.

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    If its in a quilting magazine, its fair game as long as you give the maker credit. I mostly make traditional quilt patterns, no worries about copywrite infringement.

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    That's a Hot Topic around here at times, search "copyright", up at the top and will see the discussion from many points of view. Can seem to go on for days :)

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    You can not violate copyright by making your own quilts. You can violate copyright if you take "inspiration" from a magazine, quilt, picture, etc and then print and sell the patterns. It is the patterns that are copyrighted.

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    Thanks, C. Cal Quilt Girl. I wasn't sure what term to search.

    Scissor Queen, that makes a lot of sense. The quilt is not copyrighted, just the pattern.

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    unless you're selling the pattern, it doesn't matter where the inspiration comes from. Does it?

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    Depends on who you ask...

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    I never can get a pattern just exactly right so it ends up being my own design.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cyn
    I never can get a pattern just exactly right so it ends up being my own design.
    Ditto!

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    I personally feel more comfortable identifying my work as "inspired by" or "based on a design by/in" and the designer or book. Some patterns you buy even say on them how many you are allowed to make for sale.

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    Quote Originally Posted by quilting cat
    I personally feel more comfortable identifying my work as "inspired by" or "based on a design by/in" and the designer or book. Some patterns you buy even say on them how many you are allowed to make for sale.
    And there is a a big controvery as to whether the disigner can indeed do this...

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    I have read lots of ideas on this subject and just get more confused. They seem to contradict each other. I read one article that seemed to contradict itself. It is all so confusing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ljsunflower
    unless you're selling the pattern, it doesn't matter where the inspiration comes from. Does it?
    I hate to make a confusing issue more confusing, but yes, it does matter where the inspiration comes from. If you copy the artwork of another artist - be it a photograph, painting, needlecraft in another medium, etc. - it does matter where the inspiration comes from. You will need to ask permission to use the image. It does matter when the original image was created (I believe it's within the last 75 years, but I could be wrong).

    By "copy" I mean copying an image for which a pattern hasn't been sold. For example, I design my own quilts, and I don't sell patterns of the design. You can't copy my quilt and claim it as your own.

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    I ran into an issue when I started selling Christmas stockings and after checking with a lawyer on it, as long as there is at least 5% difference between the item I created and the item the other person created it is considered unique. I had a problem with someone copying my work exactly for resell not personal use. All it took was a letter from my lawyer and they changed their work slightly and there was nothing else I could do. This all took place in 2008 so things might have changed since then but we haven't had any more problems.

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    As quilters I think we borrow a lot of ideas and inspiration from one another...but I tend to go traditional or design my own quilts. Copyright violation is a serious issue, but I think it can be taken way too far.

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    I guess what I am getting at is more of the social/ethical issue. I'm trying to get a sense of the atmosphere in the quilting arena.

    I know for me, if I designed or made a quilt and someone copied it partially or totally, I wouldn't be offended, even if they made money from it. However, I just make quilts, it's not how I make my living. I might feel differently if that were the case.

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    It is a social/ethical issue. A pattern or technique can NOT be copyrighted. What is copyrighted is the wording, illustrations, etc. of the pattern, but not the pattern itself.

    I wouldn't feel right copying someone's ORIGINAL work...and by "original" I mean something that is not comprised of blocks that are ages old...or a twist on those older patterns achieved with color or fabrics...

    ~shrug~ My two cents worth, for what two cents is worth these days! ;)

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    Lots of traditional pieced blocks are in public domain which means they are free to use for anything. You can make any design for your own use. If you sell that can get tricky.

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    I still say,If you dont want someone to make it dont show it or make a pattern of it.

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    I completely agree jolo.

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    it becomes 'stealing' when you use someone's copyrighted design, display it or try to sell it as your own...if you are going to use someone else's design you need to obtain permission to display or sell the quilt, and give credit where credit is due.

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    When you see a design in a magazine or book you bought,it is fair game and there for you to use. The only thing wrong to do would be to use the pattern and copy it and sell it. If a designer wants you to pay for the pattern, she won't print it out for the public to see and use.
    If you pay for a quilt design, copy it and share it with others, that is wrong and against copyright laws. You have to ask permission from the designer to use her design and if she gives permission for you to share without paying more, that is legal, but she has the right to ask you to pay for more patterns. Even if you do use a pattern from a book or magazine, it is proper to give the designer the credit so others can go to her for the pattern. If it is your own creation, you will want others to honor your work and not say it was theirs when you know you made it up in the first place.

    Carol J.

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    What about on this site...does anyone here displaying their quilts in pictures mind if anyone else uses their design ideas? I certainly don't. Even if I were selling my designs - the patterns are on graph paper in my 3 ring binder and in my head - I would have no problem with someone else copying my quilt. However, I do know as an artist that I can not copy the work of another artist and sell it. I can however copy the work of another artist and hang it on my wall, stating that the orginaly work was by so and so on the back of the canvas without a problem.

    If anyone out there likes my quilts and wants to copy them, go ahead; I consider it a compliment. There, now it is in writing. lol.

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    I personally think there are bigger things to worry about in the world........

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    Quote Originally Posted by raedar63
    I personally think there are bigger things to worry about in the world........
    you are right

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