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copyright from library books

MarieCurie | Posted in General Discussion on

I just finished reading the articles on copyright for quilters on the Quilter’s Newsletter Mag website.  What about library books?  Most copyright statments in the front of a pattern book specify making copies for the personal use of the retail purchaser.  But what if I borrow the book from a public library?  The resulting quilt is, of course, for personal use. 

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    ThreadKoe | | #1

    Anything you copy from any published source for personal use is Ok to use.  The problem is when you sell it.  That is copyright infringement.  Books published with patterns are for personal use only.  Even library copies.  If you are selling them, and using the patterns in books for your pattern, then it is a copyright infringement.  There are some patterns that are historic patterns that are not copyrighted, but you must have drafted your own pattern. 

    The same problem exists in the beading community.  Some traditional patterns are not copyrighted, but the colour combinations or patterns (ideas) that have been printed are.  You must then state who the design element was inspired from, if you are selling the pieces.

    Library books have been purchased for the use of the general public, and are under the same rules of copyright.      Cathy

     

  2. Pattiann42 | | #2
    If you are looking for free patterns, try googling "Public Domain Quilt Patterns" these are the patterns that will be truly free patterns.
     
    More info from QNL here - http://qnm.com/copyright/index4.html



    Edited 10/20/2008 1:29 pm ET by spicegirl1

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