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1  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / Copyright laws here to protect you. on: May 31, 2011 04:08:25 PM
 Weve all seen a great pattern/tutorial on project that we decide we are going to tackle, only to find out that it has been removed because someone abused the creators rules. Its disappointing, and ruins the great joy of a new crafting challenge for all others. I decided to try to clear up the many shades of gray on copyrighting laws.

A little copyright knowledge.
 As of January 1,1978 all original works are protected by the US Constitution. The Copyright Act is a federal law, not a state law. Since the US has signed several international copyright agreements, copyright protection is essentially effective all over the world.

So what does this mean for you?
 If you created it you have the exclusive right to your work. No one else can use your photos, patterns, or any works that you created without your permission. Any use of that work without permission is a violation of the US Copyright Act.

You name it, its protected.
All original works are protected. Including photography, music, lyrics, literary works, letters, and the list goes on. Even things like doodles are protected. So lets say you paint a picture and it ends up in a gallery. No one can paint your picture without violating copyright laws because its just that, a copy.

So when does the work become copyrighted?
  A copyright originates the moment a piece of work is created. So for a photo the copyright is created at the moment the image is developed. So if you take a photo with a digital camera, the copyright originates at the time the image is saved onto your computer. The moment you finished a sculpture, painting, pattern, or tutorial it is copyrighted.

Should you register my works for copyright?
  It depends. It might be a good idea if you wright a play, record a song, or lyrics. If might become expensive, and time consuming for a professional photographer to copyright all their photos. So chances are if its just a photo of creation you have on Etsy its probably not worth it.

What to do if someone infringes your work.
 Its not necessary to have tons of proof that someone copied your work. All you need to prove an infringement is simply proving that the infringer had access to your work, and that the work in substantially similar to the original.
So if someone infringes on one of your beautiful creations, or photo of an item in your craft shop, send the infringer a love note letting them know they are in violation and you will take action if they do not immediately stop the infringement. Than contact the internet service provider (ISP), and let them know. They should remove it within 10 to 14 days, and will possibly ban the member. By requesting the ISP to remove the infringed item they get immunity from the copyright infringement.

I really hope this clears things up. My source is from a friend who is a Patent Lawyer who approved of this article I wrote.
2  UNITED STATES / Arizona / Free Yarn on: October 12, 2010 10:47:13 PM
I have 2, 18 gallon bins full of yarn. it's mixed and matched, but they are full skeins.  All you have to do is come pick it up. I'm out in Fountain Hills, AZ. Let met know.

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