A lady was in a class in a town no too far from a major city. A new woman came to the class and she tried to swap designs. In other words, she wanted class members to give her a copy of their designs. (Everyone had purchased a set of designs, but not all the same sets.)
The Iady very nicely said to her “Sorry, I can’t do that. Besides always having respected copyright and therefore not having ever done anything like that, I now work for the Minister for Consumer Affairs. It would be on the front page of every newspaper if I was caught.”
Consumer Affairs are the real copyright police in Australia. The people who work for them are real people. How many people employed by Consumer Affairs are quilters, or are married to quilters, or are otherwise related, or best friends with, a quilter? The Minister probably doesn’t know, as it is not the sort of question which would be addressed in job inteviews.
And are those quilters a member of your group, or in a class with you? If you breach copyright in their presence you place their job at risk if they don’t report it. You place yourself at risk of prosecution if they do. If you make a copy and give it to somebody else you also place them at risk.
If you do it in a group situation you place the whole group at risk. And if the group is not incorporated every member of the group would be responsible for paying any fines that were imposed, not to mention damages and court costs.
Some years ago a children’s choir in Melbourne was fined $250,000 for having photocopied music for which they were not able to produce the originals or receipts. Would you and the members of your group be happy to pay out that sort of money? Let’s face it, that is a lot of stash!