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Thread: When is a pattern not a pattern?

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    Quiltin'Lady's Avatar
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    Apr 2009
    Oakland, California
    Here's a part-philosophical, part-legal question for you all...

    Let's say I see a pattern for a quilt. I really like this pattern and want to make one. [The pattern in question is just a simple series of boxes of various sizes and colors.] Looking at the pattern picture, I do my calculations and make my own version of this design.

    Must I refer to the original pattern in the name or description of my version? Am I guilty of "quilt plagiarism"?

    Your thoughts??

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    Community Manager PatriceJ's Avatar
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    Nov 2006
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    if the quilt you saw is an original design then you shouldn't copy or adapt it without the designer's permission.

    if hers is from a pattern in the public domain you're free to copy and adapt.

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    Super Member SaraSewing's Avatar
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    Jul 2007
    AZ/Utah border
    My idea on this is that when you draw your pattern just by an idea in another quilt, there will be variations. It will surely be different in some way, which would probably not be plagerism. I save lots of beautiful quilt photos that give me ideas for color placement, layout, etc.

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