Crochet Copyright 101

As an artist and crafter, I love the process of transforming a luscious hank of yarn into a finished garment, accessory, or home decor item. It's like magic! Designing my own crochet patterns or modifying existing patterns for the perfect fit is often an invigorating, exciting adventure and probably my second favorite part of the process.

Crochet CopyrightThen there is the business side of crochet. Whether you are a designer or simply crocheting a gift for a friend, or even yourself, you have touched the world of crochet copyright. This can be a confusing world with many myths and rules that may not seem to make sense. But for those who make a living with their craft, copyright is an essential tool in ensuring they can keep their business profitable and continue designing for you.

To help you navigate copyright rules and regulations, we have created a ten page free downloadable eBook. Know Your Rights: Copyright 101 for Crocheters will help you answer questions such as whether changing a certain percentage of an original copyrighted work allows you to copyright your own piece and what is "fair use."

Here are a couple  examples of answers from Know Your Rights: Copyright 101 for Crocheters:

Q: What is copyright infringement?

Copyright infringement is any use of a work that violates the copyright holder's exclusive right to benefit from and control the work. The issue at the heart of copyright protections is unauthorized copies—that is, any duplication, replication, or reproduction of the original work that infringes on the exclusive rights of the copyright holder.

In the craft market, unauthorized copies could range from simple photocopies to digital files to handwritten copies of copyrighted pattern instructions from a magazine or book.

Q: What about Pinterest, Facebook, and other social media?

Sharing content makes social media fun and inspiring to participate in. Although pinning or sharing photos from books and magazines may or may not be defensible under fair-use guidelines, it's an increasingly common practice, and some copyright holders don't object. Try to pin from/link to/credit the original source whenever possible, avoid linking directly from image search tools, and always respect the copyright holder's guidelines, if any, around pinning and sharing their work. Interweave encourages sharing and circulating our photos, book and DVD covers, and other media, as long as you link back to and credit us as the copyright holders.

Q: Can I resell a pattern/magazine/book/DVD I own?

Physical products are always transferable from consumer to consumer, in any portion. Digital products are usually not transferable because they are licensed rather than sold to the consumer, and there is currently no way to confirm that the product was actually transferred and not just copied.

Download your free copy of Know Your Rights: Copyright 101 for Crocheters and share this information with your friends. Crochet designers will thank you.

Best wishes,

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