I thought this was important enough and informative enough to reblog. Good advice for crocheters, knitters and other fiber artists. Thanks Darleen Hopkins for these clear guidelines!

Crochet By Darleen Hopkins

Copyright, Copyright, Copyright!

I never really thought much about copyright law, about what is allowed and what isn’t, until I started using and writing patterns.  I’m not a lawyer but understanding the basics of copyright is actually pretty easy.  Basically, if you didn’t get the pattern directly from the source then it is possible and very likely you are violating copyright law. All of the following are in direct violation of copyright law:

  • Photocopying a pattern and passing it around to your friends is in violation of the law and it is stealing from the designer/publisher.
  • Sharing a pdf (email) of a pattern is in violation of the law.
  • Printing multiple copies of a pdf and giving them to others is in violation of the law.
  • The sharing of free patterns is also in violation of the law, share the link instead.

Keep in mind, you don’t have to be selling the pattern copy to be…

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