I know this will probably cause some people to yell at me but here goes.
I just read an article on the copyright rules. I am not quite sure I agree to it all though. I have done crafts for many many years. I make things from pattern and sometimes make things of my own. I have bought a lot of patterns and the rules are always different depending on what the writer is expecting.
HOWEVER: For instance:
We all know we see a lot of similar creations, I have bought discs full of patterns from different artists and many of them look very very similar. Is that infringement on either party?
We all see different shelves, furniture, quilts, etc. They look very similar, is that infringement? Are we infringing on Laura Engalls?
Can I give the pattern away when I am done with it? Do I have to keep it forever? I have bought many a quilt book, or paint book and I don't even know what I did with them all. Some I actually donated to the library. Is that infringement?
I don't make patterns to sell so I just don't know how to feel about all this. Lots of people make patterns of pumpkins, plain, pumpkins with funny faces, witches hats with just a little bit of the decorations changed. Is this infringement? We do needlepoint and stitcheries from designs of the 1800s, and we sell the patterns, are these infringement? Who would the infringement be against? I am pretty sure that George Washington's furniture maker probably never thought to get a copyright, never thought that years later we would be copying his designs. Should his family be getting royalties?
I for one can look at most anything and make it. A God given gift I am sure. I do still buy patterns, and give people credit if I see something they made and I design one similar. Is that infringement if I don't use a pattern? If that is the case we are all doing a little infringing.
I have seen many designs that you definitely know who designed/patterned them.
So what are your thoughts on all this, as a designer or a creator of the items? And please don't bite my head off I am just asking.
My theory on this, and speaking only about the things that I make. If you want to copy it, print it off, stare at it and draw it out yourself, I don't care. Go for it. Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery.
If however I made a pattern, and someone copied it, like photocopied the pattern and just added a different picture to the pattern. I would then be very upset.
Thoughts anyone???????? Don't sass me though, I am just thinking out loud. Sorry if this makes anyone mad I don't mean to...
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