Copyright Copper Files

Note to all quilters who go to exhibirions armed with a camera.

If you are allowed to take photos at any exhibition pretty much anywhere around the world those photos are for personal use only.

NOT TO PUT ON YOUR BLOG. Or distribute in any other way.

If you distribute the photos in any way you leave yourself open to prosecution for breach of copyright. Even if you have permission from the person who made the quilt to show photos to the world, keep in mind that the person who made the quilt may not be able to give that permission. The designer of a quilt is usually the one able to give you permission, but sometimes you also have to also check with a publisher.

Organisers of an exhibition cannot give permission for you to take photos for publication, only the copyright holder can do that. And if you want to cover your own backside you will only publish on the net or anywhere else if you have written permission of the copyright owner.

Fines for breach of copyright are often minimal, but in addition to the fines you will possibly be liable for damages and court costs, and they are not usually so minimal.

Even without any legal constraints, if you publish a photo of a quilt on the web, yours or anybody elses, that quilt may be disqualified from many judged and juried shows. Would you be happy if some put a photo of your quilt on their blog and you were disqualified?

I have added a couple of links on the right hand side. If you don’t know what you are allowed to do, and what you are not allowed to do, please take the time to read about copyright, even if you don’t think it is fair, because you just might keep yourself out of court as a defendent.

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I am a quilter who designs many more quilts than I will ever make, and I am sharing one quilt design every day in Virtual Quilter. I also share my completed projects in Stuff-Ups, and Christmas decorations in Christmas Everyday of the Year.
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