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« on: March 30, 2006 11:35:59 AM »

SO I just bought my copy of the new Vogue Knitting and towards the front is an add for Alchemy yarns with three new designs of "theirs." One is a bad copy of the Sgt Pepper Jacket which was designed by the mega talented Anna from http://www.autoscopia.com/amelia/ and the other one looks a lot like the Ibiza top from Teva Durham's Loop D Loop. I can understand that patterns aren't like books that can be copyrighted word for word but this is ridiculous that both of these very talented designers can be ripped off like this. Is there a law to prevent this?Huh This is an issue that has bothered me a lot over the last few months as I have some patterns that will be being published in a book next year and I would hate for others to profit off of my own designs.

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« Reply #1 on: March 30, 2006 01:49:56 PM »

Actually, patterns ARE copyright protected word for word.  The body of a pattern, from beginning to end, is copyrighted.  However, a pattern that is similar but different is not infringement.

That, however, is of no importance in this case.  If you visit the Alchemy website, you'll be able to look at a pic of the pattern, etc., and it says "designed by Anna Bell for Alchemy Yarns of Transformation"  The same Anna Bell, of course, who's blog is located at the link you provided above.  So, it is not a bad copy of Sgt Pepper.  Or at least I hope not, since it was made by the same designer.  Cheesy
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« Reply #2 on: March 30, 2006 04:54:30 PM »

Oops I guess it's the difference in the yarn choice. I am not a huge fan of Alchemy and I know the original was made in Cashay I believe. Thanks for clarifying the pattern copyright issue.
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« Reply #3 on: March 30, 2006 05:51:20 PM »

I'm poor, so I wouldn't know the difference.  Cheesy  The most expensive yarn I've ever owned I got at the goodwill for fifty cents a hank, and even that is regularly only about $8.  Smiley  But yeah, patterns are entirely copyright protected, which is also why you also can't make items from copyrighted patterns for sale.  Finished items are derivative works. 
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