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Topic: How do you buy/sell patterns? Would this work?  (Read 630 times)
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« on: November 04, 2007 09:25:41 AM »

I'm working on launching a new site that will hopefully be chock full of great free patterns and stuff. My current and long-time passion is crochet, so at least in the beginning there will be more crochet stuff than anything else - which is why I'm asking my question here instead of the business forum.

I'm a firm believer in licensing patterns - the idea being that if a pattern is used for items to sell that the pattern designer is within their rights to expect some level of compensation from those who sell finished items from their patterns.

My idea is to post free crochet patterns that can be used for unlimited personal use and then anyone wishing to sell items from that pattern could pay a licensing fee.

My thought is to post the full pattern on the site and then have a PayPal button where for say a $5 fee (to essentially buy the pattern and a beginning license for x pieces) along with a say 25 cents (or some other posted amount depending on the price potential of the finished items) per piece license after the first x pieces. I realize this would be totally dependent upon the honor and truthfulness of the pattern purchasers, but I think many here want to do the right thing and are frustrated by pattern designers who don't provide this option.

Is this something you would consider buying? It would be a way to have free patterns available in a try-it before you buy-it situation and allow those crocheters who are not designers to sell stuff they make while respecting the copyrights of the designers.

Would you buy patterns like this?

Would you consider sharing and selling your patterns on a site like this?

Any thoughts or other comments?
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« Reply #1 on: November 04, 2007 09:36:03 AM »

I know you posted in the crochet forum to get a response from crocheters, but this is honestly more geared toward the business forum, especially considering the rules of craftster, so I'm going to move it.

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« Reply #2 on: November 04, 2007 09:47:49 AM »

OK, I understand; you gotta do what you gotta do.

Hopefully, some other types of crafters will also chime in with the post now being in the business area.

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