What is the short answer to the long asked question ” can I sell items I make from someone’s pattern?” It’s “Yes, you can sell crochet pieces made from someone’s pattern.” However, because I’m sure you’re wondering why I say that, how I know or if it’s actually true, I’ll be happy to share the research with you.
My personal experience
2. Why would I want to spend my time worried about those who were making items from my patterns to sell to make a living or build a boutique or feed their families? It just didn’t make sense to me that I would think I could and should police people when I clearly gave them the directions to make the items to do with as they pleased.
3. What makes me think I should have a say in what people do with the items they make from a pattern I sold to them and therefore relinquished to their discretion?
All the answers to those questions came back as I don’t know how, I don’t know why and I don’t know what. So all my patterns come with the “blanket permission to sell the items as you like, but please don’t sell my pattern as your own.
Now for the legal stuff:
” A pattern is a procedure, process or method of operation, for making something. The specific instructions for making the item might, qualify for copyright registration but that copyright only would cover the written instructions, not the patterns or what was made from the patterns.”
Basically ” No one can claim that the copyright on instructions on making and/or using an article gives the manufacturer the exclusive right to that article.” So, therefore, we as pattern designers really have no legal leg to stand on when it comes to what people do with the pieces they make from our patterns. I know that will bother some, but I’m quite relieved to know that I don’t have to spend my life policing the few patterns I’ve created. It frees me to keep creating and growing my business and providing a tool to help others grow and develop their business. Whew!