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Be An Original Copyright and Original Designs

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What's an original design? How do I know if I've violated copyright laws or infringed on someone's copyright? How do I make sure what I've created is original? FaveCraft's Resident Craft Expert Maria Nerius addresses these topics in this article about original designs.

 

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Aug 16, 2011

I'm also new to the business side of crafting. I'm buying used clothing articles, like jeans, from the salvation army etc. I then cut it up and make new articles out of it, like totes, for instance. I try to cut off or cover all trade markings, but do re-use things like the buttons. Will this be considered breaking any copyright laws?

 

Aug 10, 2011

Please read up on the "First sale doctrine". This is extremely important. It is valid internationally!

 

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Aug 9, 2011

I can't for the life of me understand how you can copyright a picture of a horse or a sunset for that matter. Are you saying that no two or three or whatever number of people can't come up with the same picture? And how do you police it?

 

Aug 9, 2011

One thing to note about copyrights on crafts: It is based on your exact work. If one designer has made the same thing using different beads and is similar to another artist's copyrighted material but not exactly the same, the copyright will not hold up. You can copyright instructions, photographs, paintings and other written materials, but most of the time you cannot copyright a tangible handcrafted item. Copyright law which protects most artistic works, has an exception for functional creations. Patents only apply to completely new items and most crafts are never completely original so patents may pend, but most of the time are not followed through by law - And I think that sucks!

 

Jul 28, 2011

I would like to know, what is the Copyright law number, have the PDF already downloaded, need to know what governs Crafts etc. thank you

 

Jul 6, 2011

As I understand it, The shirt pattern itself is your own original design, the Bali Pops is what you will be using to create it. List them in your materials list for proper credit but there is not any copyright violation as far as I know.

 

Jun 30, 2011

If I made my own pattern for a 'shirt', but used say...bali pops to create the shirt am I breaking copyright laws when I sell the shirt?

 

Dec 28, 2010

Loved it. No too long. Right to the point. Would love to see how to copyright a dress style. Or is it even possible?

 

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