I had the stirrings of an ambitious (for me) project hatch while frogging a sweater I am working on for the 5th time.
(INTARSIA - YOU SUCK!!!!)
Leah has a copyright in the "Skull with knitting needles" (with crochet hooks, and with scissors) designs for the Craftster tees, but what if I wanted to knit that design into a sweater? (For my own personal use, not to sell). This isn't really any different than knitting a sweater with a Hello Kitty or Mickey Mouse face on it, or making a t-shirt that has a Harry Potter logo on it. So long as you are not making money on either your pattern or your finished projects.
Originally, I started working on a Jolly Roger pattern from one of the Stitch n Bitch books, only my crossed bones were coming out a bit wonky - so I fooled around on my computer and came up with this.
People violate copyrights all the time. The Jayne Cobb hats on here are a great example (I have made one myself.). The original Jayne hat was designed by someone working for Fox, Fox owns the Intellectual Property affiliated with the show Firefly, and they may license or sell those copyrights to merchandisers. The problem arises when the copyright holder (owner) wants to 'enforce' their copyright. None of Fox's attorneys have gone after all the individual Jayne hat knitters, nor have they gone after handful of knitters that actually produce these for sale to the public.
If this Skull design were available through Craftster as a sweater, I would buy it. But only tees, mouse pads, mugs, and tote bags are. So - what am I asking, is - would it be okay for me to knit this sweater for myself?
or does Craftster intend to police non-commercial use of this design as well? This would be including, but not limited to: stickers, magnets, crochet, embroidery, knitting, clay, etc.
I did a search for, but did not turn up other uses of this design on the Craftster boards. Only the classic Jolly Roger design and mild variations. So let me apologize if this question was already answered previously.