Worms (and some recent bee blocks if you're not fond of worms)
Not just that it can get controversial and contentious, but it truly is all crazy and interwoven with creativity/generosity/respect on so many levels. And sometimes it helps just to hear what everybody is thinking.
Come, sit in my parlor for a lively discussion.
My first level response is that there is not much of a legal ground for people to stand on if they want to tell others what they can do with items sewn/knit/crafted based on their published patterns. I know people go round and round with this and I have read a good bit of the copyright laws for myself (I'm obsessive like that - read the whole New Testament one day beginning to end as I looked for a quote for my lecture). Based on that, my view is if you publish a pattern - the person who purchases and uses that pattern to then make something is able to do whatever they like with their creation, be it keep/gift/sell.
People may NOT may photocopies/digital files/etc of the actual pattern to sell or even give away. It isn't theirs to give. But the thing they have crafted with their hands, based on the pattern, IS.
I believe the more reasonable request is similar to what Keyka Lou asks - just that you credit her with the design when you sell things made from her patterns. No special permissions needed. Because legally, they can sell them anyway.
Now all crafters would be super grumpy if say Target picked up their published pattern and decided to mass produce it without any compensation. That's quite different in my mind. But where is the line between these two?
What if I had a crafty family and my 7 sisters (and even a brother) were set to task creating 30 of those same items from a published pattern for an etsy shop. Getting kind of fuzzy.....and I think that is just one small aspect of the copyright conundrum!
I love this comment from my last post: Techniques belong to us all....the rest is complicated.
That actually ties in with the question I asked about what books or patterns you purchase. Because as I mentioned, with some paper and a pencil I'm able to reverse engineer lots of stuff. That's just how my brain works.
For myself, I generally pay for a pattern if: a) I truly have no idea how to make said item b) I believe the instructions included will have a unique technique or construction method that could save time or improve end result c) Greatly admire the author's work and just want to support their efforts even though I could reverse engineer the pattern.
So a couple examples from stuff I've bought. I think Allison from Cluck Cluck Sew is awesome! She has shared so many great tutorials, I especially liked using her double hourglass block instructions. Be sure to give that one a try if you haven't already. I totally relate to her mind keeping her up - knowing that there HAD to be a better way to make those things!
When she showed her fun Chain Reaction quilt and pattern, it was quickly added to my to-make list. With graph paper I could draft a plan myself without buying her pattern. But I DID buy her pattern - because I had already used many of her great tutorials and felt like it was a small way for me to support another crafty mom.
At the same time she had an Irish chain pattern that I don't see now - a very old block that you can find online or make easily without formal instructions. But after using Allison's tutorials and reading her Chain Reaction pattern, I also bought the Irish Chain pattern knowing that she would have some key tips inside making it way more easy to assemble than traditionally.
That's enough for now. I would love to here what you think.