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« on: August 01, 2011 04:16:48 PM »

Now that I'm considering designing my own patterns & setting up shop at Etsy, I have some questions. Is there an overall rule when it comes to selling a finished piece that was designed by someone else? I do have some patterns that specify no selling, so I can follow their preferences, but what if I have a pattern and no explicit instructions? I'd eventually like to sell my own patterns on Etsy (which will detail my policies on this), but suppose it's a pattern by someone I have no contact with? Is the default *not* to sell finished pieces, or is it usually okay unless stated otherwise?

Thanks for your help. Of course I'm 100% clear on not sharing or selling other people's patterns, but the rest seems unclear.
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« Reply #1 on: August 01, 2011 05:14:41 PM »

If it is a commercial pattern, then you can usually find the source online and view their policies on selling finished pieces.  If it is a vintage pattern, then selling finished work is usually fine.  Companies like Urban Threads encourage selling finished pieces using their patterns, where many other companies discourage it.  Other artists are fine with it as long as you give credit to them in your listing.  Some sell commercial-use licenses to those who would want to sell.  As you can see, there is no single answer.
I, personally, do not allow selling of finished work using my free patterns unless the stitcher contacts me first to ask permission.
Providing that the artist is still alive, there is always a way to find out!
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« Reply #2 on: August 01, 2011 10:34:16 PM »

Ah, I see. So there really isn't one hard and fast rule. Thanks for that information.  Smiley
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« Reply #3 on: August 07, 2011 07:09:09 AM »

There are a few threads on this topic...here is one of them.
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« Reply #4 on: August 22, 2011 09:12:47 PM »

Save yourselves a headache and support designers who actually DO welcome you to make and SELL items made from their patterns! There are plenty of them around if you start looking for them! Smiley Me included!
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