There has been much discussion on blogs recently regarding copyrights and what is copyright infringement. I guess I’m confused (though it doesn’t take much to confuse me . . . lol!) I understand if I’ve bought a pattern already on backing that I am not allowed to copy it. I understand that I cannot post someone else’s pattern on the Internet to allow others to copy it.
BUT . . . What if I’ve bought a paper pattern. Can I use it more than once? Am I allowed to sell it once I am done with it? What if I’ve never used the pattern? We’ve all bought patterns that we’ve decided we’ll never hook, stitch, etc. Can it be passed on or sold? Am I legally allowed to share it? What about patterns found in magazines and books?
I’ve read that there is no copyright protection on rugs hooked before 1923, I believe, yet some pattern designers indicate they have the right to it. Many people sell Magdalena Briner Eby patterns. Does everyone have the right to do that since they are pre -1923?
What about a simple design such as a flag? I don’t know how anyone could say that is their pattern and you can’t copy it.
I’m sure I’m not the only one who is confused. I’d love to see someone post on this topic.
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A post wouldn't be complete without a picture, so here is the progress I've made on my rug. It was taken with a flash so it's a little on the bright side. I was hoping to have half the background hooked before tomorrow's hook-in. Close, but no cigar :) I'm not sure about the eyes. I may need to work on those.
Hopefully I will have LOTS of rugs to share with you from the hook-in.
Pug hugs :)