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KatyKoolkat 02-19-2006 05:33 PM

copyright question
 
If I were to knit a sweater with 'GAP' on the front, or use Tommy Hilfiger colors, or something like that, is that infringing copyright?

TIA
Katy

KatyKoolkat 02-19-2006 06:47 PM

*bump*

Someone has to know!! Anyone????

Ingrid 02-19-2006 06:50 PM

I think that if you knit something for your personal use, you can put anything you want on it. I'm not going to avoid, say, Sesame Street characters because they are trademarked. I think if you were to sell something with a logo on it, or sell a pattern with it on, I think then you'd be infringing on copyright laws.

That's just my opinion, based on common sense. I have no idea of the legalities.

NinaT 02-19-2006 08:14 PM

Copyright infringement
 
Unfortunately Ingrid, I have to disagree with you on this one. Even if it is for your own personal use it is still illegal. I guess one has to weigh the VERY slight risk of being caught versus how badly you need to copy.

HeatherFeather 02-19-2006 08:18 PM

I don't know TH "logo"...but it is RWB isn't it??? Or would it be the specific pattern? and gap...you could be talking about the gap between your teeth or sumpin...:)

Ingrid 02-19-2006 08:26 PM

Re: Copyright infringement
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by NinaT
Unfortunately Ingrid, I have to disagree with you on this one. Even if it is for your own personal use it is still illegal. I guess one has to weigh the VERY slight risk of being caught versus how badly you need to copy.

As I said, I don't know the legalities, but what about if I wanted to knit a sweater with Elmo on it? Does that constitute infringement? There are all kinds of patterns available for all kids of characters.

What if my name was Georgia Alice Pierce? :rofling:

Julie 02-19-2006 10:19 PM

An interesting question...you'd think that if it were illegal, someone would be all over microrevolt for openly encouraging it. :roflhard:

http://microrevolt.org/knitPro.htm

Ingrid 02-19-2006 10:23 PM

I was going to go over to their site and check it out, too, just to see if they had problems with the Nike symbol. ;)

KatyKoolkat 02-19-2006 10:30 PM

This is all very interesting. I was thinking of making a sweater for the boy I care for, and the parents are all GAP buyers, so my reasoning is that if I made a 'GAP' sweater, they would like it!!

More research is needed, I think.

Lana 02-19-2006 10:31 PM

Very interesting question.

It would seem like marketing it would infringe on copyrights.

I wonder if there are copright police, pulling people off the streets checking lables. :roflhard:


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