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Old 08-13-2009, 09:40 PM   #1
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What is the ethical way to manage patterns in library books? Are you "required" to buy the book if you want to use the patterns? Must you finish the project by the time the book is due? How do you all handle knitting from library books?
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Old 08-13-2009, 10:32 PM   #2
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I'm sure that if you got a library book and liked a pattern, you could photocopy that pattern for your personal use. You couldn't produce objects to sell or publish the pattern. If you liked all the patterns, you could buy a copy. Amazon has used copies for amazing deals.

I don't have that problem, sadly. My whole library system has about 5 knitting books. :(

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Old 08-13-2009, 11:30 PM   #3
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Library books are subject to 'fair use' in copyright law. Meaning you can make copies of pages/patterns for your own use as long as it isn't a substantial majority of the book.
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I get library books all the time. I just make a copy for myself of the pattern or two that I like. I don't like to buy a book if I don't like most of the patterns.
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I should have added that I do this too. Most books only have a pattern or 3 I'm interested in, so I get them from the library and make a copy. Magazines too; I've requested a current copy of a magazine from another branch because I wanted a pattern out of it and they verified which page numbers/pattern I wanted and copied them for me (in color!) and sent them to my branch.
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Old 08-14-2009, 02:16 PM   #6
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II've requested a current copy of a magazine from another branch because I wanted a pattern out of it and they verified which page numbers/pattern I wanted and copied them for me (in color!) and sent them to my branch.
Wow, that's cool!
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Old 08-14-2009, 04:35 PM   #7
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Thanks, Ladies! That's really what I was thinking of doing, but didn't want to be unethical about it. I just am doing the one pattern, and didn't want to spend $18 +S&H for the pattern!
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Old 08-16-2009, 03:38 PM   #8
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I think library knitting books are just like any other book. I don't feel guilty for reading a whole novel from the library, using biographies for reference for school work, nor do I feel it's wrong to use the entire book for knitting from. If it's something I may want to reference in the future or I'll need to copy the whole thing, then it's not worth it to keep checking it out or copying that much. If I check out a book and don't like it, I'm out nothing as opposed to buying a dud. I love the library for that aspect! I'm lucky enough that we have a huge library system and can get books transferred or be put on a waiting list for popular stuff.
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Our library system has a wonderful selection of knitting books. If yours doesn't have what you need, are they set up in the interloan system? I've used it before.

Something else to consider about photocopying - we can not mark up the original. So we copy & mark it up. Our library's machines charge only 10 cents per copy. So why do I find patterns cut out from the books?!!! It's selfish, illegal, a waste of our hard-earned taxpayer dollars & downright rude.
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Our library system has a wonderful selection of knitting books. If yours doesn't have what you need, are they set up in the interloan system? I've used it before.

Something else to consider about photocopying - we can not mark up the original. So we copy & mark it up. Our library's machines charge only 10 cents per copy. So why do I find patterns cut out from the books?!!! It's selfish, illegal, a waste of our hard-earned taxpayer dollars & downright rude.
You're kidding! There's no excuse for that!
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