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« on: August 17, 2012 01:43:40 PM »

I'm going to be selling my first pattern on Etsy in a few days.
I think I will allow buyers to sell the finished project.
(I obviously don't want the pattern to be shared.)

But first I want to know from experienced sellers the pros and cons of how you allow your sold
pattern to be used. 

I noticed that most of the patterns I've bought on Etsy (I've bought about 10) ask that you NOT sell the finished project.  I never sell anything I crochet so it doesn't matter to me.

I'm really curious as to how and why sellers decide how their pattern is to be used by the buyer.

Thanks in advance for all responses!   Smiley
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« Reply #1 on: August 18, 2012 04:48:08 AM »

My interpretation of the law (which may or may not be accurate) is that copyright law covers the words, charts, drawings, and pictures used in the pattern and does not extend to the finished item.

A lot of people disagree with this assessment, so I feel it best to express your position on it as a designer in the pattern or some other, visible place.

Legality aside, I find the whole situation to be a bit silly.  I'm the fastest crocheter I know, and I can't crochet fast enough to make even close to minimum wage selling things. If I did it anyway, I can't imagine what would possess me to post a pattern for the thing I was trying to make and sell. 

If I posted a pattern knowing I wouldn't be selling finished items, why would I care if someone bought the pattern and made things to sell from it? I would think that anyone who bought the finished item from that person was never going to be the type of person who would have bought the pattern from me and now they don't have to... if that makes any sense...

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« Reply #2 on: August 19, 2012 12:38:03 PM »

Fantasticimio, you make perfect sense to me. You make a pattern, the pattern is for sale, and that's that as far as I'm concerned. Most of the patterns I see are an accumulated learning experience from other people's or company's patterns anyway. Once somebody does something "new" (most likely it's something old that somebody dragged out from an old book and gave it a "makeover") everybody is doing it. That's because the techniques are already out there.

However, you can scare some folks off with a copyright claim to their finished work. Not everyone will buy into it.


« Reply #3 on: August 19, 2012 02:58:22 PM »

Yes, that makes sense!
Thank you  Smiley
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