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1  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / Copyright questions on: February 18, 2014 10:37:26 AM
I searched the forums for this type of discussion but didn't find exactly what I'm looking for so I'm going to start a new thread in hopes with is not redundant in the forum. I'm going to explain my issues and I hope there will be fellow crafters who might have some ideas for me:
I craft a lot but have never sold anything. I have a stockpile of things I've made and have decided I should sell my items in a local craft fair. I wanted to add some toys to my craft table and I bought a book of patterns off the internet. I read everything I could about the book before I bought it and when it came in the mail I searched the book inside and out and there was no mention of selling items made from the patterns. Great. It is not my intention to trick my buyers into thinking I designed the pattern & sewed the pieces. So, I was going to add a tag to each item stating who the patterns was made by. Then, I decided to try to find the author on-line to make sure I was giving credit the proper way and to see if she had any other patterns I liked. I found her website that sells indivudual pdf patterns and in small print it says not to sell items made from her patterns. Wait...what? I spent a lot of money on this book of patterns, alot of time sewing, cost of meterials, etc. How can this be allowed? I started searching the internet for answers and have found a mess of answers.....but it sounds like I can do what I want with my items, because it's the patterns that are under copyright, not the pieces made. Ok, so I really think this is right. Even if the pattern maker can't do anything to me legally, she can still be mad with me and that is the part that bothers me. I'm actually a really nice soft spoken lady who doesn't have enemies and I don't want anyone mad with me. So why haven't I just dropped the whole thing? I need to use patterns because I'm new to sewing and have no idea now to make my own items or patterns, I already bought this expensive book, I have already made the items for my craft sale, I really like these toys and think the designer did a great job making them.
In my search for answers I have found a few other pattern makers who give permission for items to be sold if you add a tag with their name/website on it. I want to give credit but if I do then it just leads to a website that says not to sell items made with her patterns. This makes me look bad even if she is technically not allowed to impose those restrictions on crafters. If I don't add a tag, then I will be trying to trick my customers? Is there a way to sell my items without upsetting anyone?
p.s. this patterns maker does not mention a Cottage Industry License on her website (or else I would probably just buy it)
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