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Old 11-03-2009, 08:06 PM   #1
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This doesn't exactly fall into the 'How-To' category, but here goes: is it legal for the average consumer to use patterns or instructions found in books to make projects to sell? If not, then where do we find free-to-use patterns?

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By and large, you can't use someone's pattern to knit an item and then sell it for profit.

However, most patterns (free or otherwise) will have a 'statement' about the use of the design for profit, and other uses.

You COULD use a knitting software program to design your own garments for sale. Get a good knitting stitches "bible" to get some ideas about the pattern stitch you want to use; get the yarn lined up; knit a swatch that suits the yarn and pattern stitch; and then enter that data into a knitting software program! You could sell any garment using that method!
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What does Copyright Protect?
There was a recent thread that provided a good link on this topic.
http://www.knittinghelp.com/forum/sh...ad.php?t=78882

I found the Copyright FAQ for Knitters
http://yarnaholic.wordpress.com/the-...-for-knitters/
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Originally Posted by OffJumpsJack View Post
I found the Copyright FAQ for Knitters
http://yarnaholic.wordpress.com/the-...-for-knitters/ to be quite helpful.
Oh wow! This link is THE BEST I've ever read about copyright stuff! THANKS for sharing it with us, OffJumpsJack!
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...pointed us in that direction. I only updated the link when I found it had moved to a new location.
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