Where can I find crafts projects to make and sell that are not copyright protected so don’t get in trouble?
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Above is the copyright notice from Design Originals in the book, Simply Soldered by Carrie Edelmann Avery. Design Origials is a strong supporter of crafters who want to sell their finished work.
Good for you for being aware that there are copyright laws that protect designs and patterns. It is important if you want to earn income from selling your handmade crafts that you do it without infringing on the rights of designers and publishers.
Most publishers are aware that people want to make and sell crafts and often look for inspiration in magazines, books, kits, and pattern packs. Most of these sources will clearly state if a design may not be reproduced for profit. Some might word their copyright notices with permission to hand make for sale or that the design can be used for “pocket money” or “pin money”. What this means is that the owner of the copyright doesn’t want anyone to mass produce or machine produce the design. If you want to make 3-5 to sell at the church bazaar, that’s ok.
Rubberstamp companies often have what is called an Angel Policy. This means the stamp company has set up guidelines to use their stamp images on items you might sell. Images can only be hand stamped and there is a limit to how many times you can use the image. Just put the keywords Angel Policy in your favorite search engine to find rubberstamp companies who have an Angel Policy. All that stated, I’m not a lawyer and can’t give legal advice. The best thing to do is to contact the publisher or design owner and ask if you can hand make a project to sell. Many are very flexible as long as you follow their guidelines.
You can learn more about copyright laws at the United States Copyright Office’s website.
Resident Craft Expert for FaveCrafts.com, Maria Nerius, has been a professional crafter for over 25 years selling finished items and designs.