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peacockfeathers
« on: December 24, 2007 08:25:59 PM »

I've just gotten myself a username so that I can sell some of my knits on etsy.  I just have one question:  is it ok to sell something that i've made from someone else's pattern.  for instance, I'm currently knitting a dress from a pattern in a magazine.  are there any copyright issues with this?  or can I just say that it's from this particular pattern and be done with it?
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oneknitpony
« Reply #1 on: December 24, 2007 08:37:28 PM »

Generally you cannot sell an item knit from a published pattern without the express written permission of the pattern writer/publisher.
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« Reply #2 on: December 24, 2007 08:44:26 PM »

what if i use the pattern as a guideline and modify it?
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oneknitpony
« Reply #3 on: December 25, 2007 10:55:31 AM »

I'm not sure about that, but there's plenty of knowledgeable folk in the Crafty Business Discussion board that could give you specifics about copyright issues: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?board=58.0
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« Reply #4 on: December 26, 2007 07:14:53 AM »

If I sell my hand knits, I make sure it's my own pattern.
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« Reply #5 on: December 28, 2007 12:12:27 PM »

what if i use the pattern as a guideline and modify it?

I believe the rule of thumb is that if at least 15% of the design is your own, it's yours. (This doesn't include changing the colour Grin)
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« Reply #6 on: December 28, 2007 12:21:48 PM »



I believe the rule of thumb is that if at least 15% of the design is your own, it's yours. (This doesn't include changing the colour Grin)

I believe this is just heresay.... You need to fully research copyright law for your country before selling anything from a pattern, even a pattern you have modified slightly.
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« Reply #7 on: December 28, 2007 12:33:21 PM »

what if i use the pattern as a guideline and modify it?

I believe the rule of thumb is that if at least 15% of the design is your own, it's yours. (This doesn't include changing the colour Grin)

you need to be really careful with this!! certainly not legally true
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