The Copyright Copper Files


There is a lot of misinformation and an extensive lack of knowledge of copyright law.

The links on this page will provide you with information about what is allowed as well as what is not allowed under the international copyright laws.

Please note that a few of these sites have information from lawyers but many do not.

As a designer I know how much time, effort and money goes into designing a quilt, working out how to construct it, and writing the instructions.

The object of copyright laws around the world is to protect the income of designers … why should anybody make money from the work put in by designers … other than the designers.

The fees paid to designers for an pattern published in a magazine do not cover the cost of making the quilt, and allow for a wage of just a few dollars and hour for their time. Just one magazine I know of pays a reasonable amount for just a coloured sketch (like I publish every day here on Virtual Quilter) … the rest pay a little more for the full pattern, instructions and photos of the finished article, which can take a week to write, not to mention making the item and researching methods.  That fee is about the equivalent of a call out fee and the first hours work, or part thereof, of a plumber or electrician.

Original artists usually have to have some other means of support like a day job, except for just a few at the top of the tree.

Would you be willing to do your day job for a week and get paid for a day, while somebody else uses your week’s work to make money for themselves?

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An Introduction to Copyright in Australia (G010v17)
http://www.copyright.org.au/admin/cms-acc1/_images/15053623324f42cf09a556f.pdf

Craftworkers & Copyright (G073v05)
http://www.copyright.org.au/admin/cms-acc1/_images/20260954594f3b32120efbd.pdf

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The following two links are specifically about the music industry, but if you think pattern designers instead of musicians you should get the message.

Letter To Emily White @ NPR

Our Digital Innocence Just Died.

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The first couple of paragraphs in this story are worth reading.

Do You Bead Like Nobody is Watching?

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Understanding Copyright, Derivatives and Design Credit in Quilting

CAN I COPYRIGHT MY QUILT?

The Line Between Inspired By And Copied From And How To Stay On Its Right Side

How Copyright Affects the Quilter

An Explanation of Design Permissions

Derivative Art Quilts � We’ve All Been Guilty at One Time or Another  Compiled by Carolyn Lee Vehslage

Striking Back Against Censorship

Don’t Copy; Make it Your Own

That Belongs to Me – More on Copyright

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Sharing is not always a good thing….

from

With My Needle

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*sigh*

from Larkspur Lane Designs

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Me SHOUTING? Well that doesn’t work either!

from

Oh Sew Tempting

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Why Bother With a Copyright Notice?

from PlagiarismToday by Jonathan Bailey

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Fabric Designer Sued.!!!

 It’s not a story, it’s true!!!!

The fabric designer is unlikely to lose money because their fabric has been used in a quilt which is featured in a book.

How much money does the fabric designer think the author will make from the book? It is likely to be much less than $150,000 regardless of what country’s dollar is referred to.

How much the book might increase the sales of the fabric … if it is still available?

UPDATE

There is a tote bag in the story too.

Copy Wrongs and Rights

An Interesting Read

Resolution to an Interesting Read

On Copyright and Tote Bags

More sides to the story

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A Few Thoughts on Copyright…

from

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A few thoughts about copyright and quilts

from CT Publishing By

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The “Pandora’s Box” of Quilting

from Esther’s Blog (Esther)

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Fabric copyright laws

from Dahlward Quilting by Wendy Johnson

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Moving Forward

from The Drawing Board by kate spain

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Copyright and Public Domain

from

One Cool Site

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Copyright: The Cheque is in the Mail – Really

from Serendipity and the Art of the Quilt by Brenda

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The Divisive and Difficult Commercial Use Question

With Copyright, Every Content Creator is Different

from

Plagarism Today

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Chilling Effects

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Guidelines for Respecting Intellectual Property

particularly when sharing tutorials

from the blog

Gingerbread Snowflakes

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Why stealing from many isn’t research

It is just stealing from more than one person.

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YouTube Copyright School

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Piracy doesn’t work in NYC

on

The Copyright Alliance Blog

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Fair Use

The Fifth Fair Use Factor and the Problem With It

Plagarism Today

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Pam Holland wrote a piece about

What is Original

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A win for the Rights of Artists to Choose Distribution

on

The Copyright Alliance Blog

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A general interest story about someone frustrated about lack of acknowledgement of Photographers on

Backtracking Slowly Forward

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Images Have Copyright Too

from the blog

How Publishing Really Works

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You Look Nice Today

is a story of how one person’s work was copied … for profit.

This is not allowed, and is a lazy way of making money … and immoral.

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Mistakes writers Make

features

Copyright and Legal Issues

and that first link is to a post titled

Not Chasing your Dues

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Mistakes Anti-Copyright Constantly Make

from

plagiarism Today

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Help I need a Publisher

has an interesting link here

about writers being paid.

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Six Degrees of Influence

by Kathleen Loomis

on her blog

Art with a Needle

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Public Domain vs. Public Domain

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Copyright Termination: What is it and Why Should I Care?

from the blog

Plagiarism Today

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The Responsible Bloggers Guide to Dealing with Big Brother

on

Copyblogger

is a reminder that what goes on the Internet stays on the Internet …. forever!

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Bonnie Hunter read the fine print before she signed a contract on

Quiltsville

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First Copyright Recorded

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Lending Rights – Part of the Copyright Cycle

in Australia

from Serendipity and the Art of the Quilt by Brenda

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Licensed Fabric

including Copyright Statements on Selvedge

Tabberone Disclaimer

from

Tabberone

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TAFTA

The Australian Forum for Textile Arts

has a series of articles published in

TEXTILE Fibre Forum

magazine available

The Writings of Paul Snugden

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What is Intellectual Property?

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I have a story I want to tell you about copyright

and

The Words we Write

by

Catdownunder

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Ripoff Artists

by Lyn Price from

Behler Blog

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BloggingPro

explains some of the pitfalls of using images when you don’t own the copyright.

Small Business Plagiarism On the Rise

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I was dubbed as a Copyright Copper (Copyright Police) after an incident when I pointed out to a group that copying patterns for a swap which was going to take place in a public place wasn’t a good idea, and the following articles were written to try to get the message across that breaching copyright law can lead to consequences most of us cannot afford.

Copyright Copper

talks about copyright

Copyright Copper Spins a Yarn

about a designer who bit back

Copyright Copper Files

about who the real copyright police are

Copyright Copper Files

about photos and who can give permission to use them

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Copyright – words and images, not ideas, titles or cats

The Tobermory Cat, the trolls & me.

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Copyright in Embroidery

by Mary Corbet

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More informative links worth looking at.

Australian Copyright Council’s Online Information Centre

Australian Publishers Association

Copyright Agency Limited

Copyright and Quilters FAQ & Links

Copyright Basics for Bloggers

Copyright Basics for Cross Stitch and Needlework

Copyright for Quilters and Craft

Copyright Infringement

Stealing is not acceptable no matter what you call it

Copyright Laws and the Quilter

Copyright Licensing Agency

How to protect your ideas in the digital age

Percy Principles of Art and Composition

The Ugly Word–Copyright–Boooooo

What is Copyright?

Blake Morrison on the cost of quoting lyrics

Common Myths about Copyright

Copyrights and Stuff

Copyright and Legal Issues

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Follow the Dirty Money

Finally, links to some things related.

Blogging Pitfall: Courting Libel

6 Categories of Lame Plagiarism Excuses

5 Industries With Surprising Content Theft Problems

5 Misconceptions Copyright Holders Have About the DMCA

from PlagiarismToday by Jonathan Bailey

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Self Publishing

from 365 Days of Free Motion Quilting Filler Designs by Leah Day

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UK.gov proposes massive copyright land snatch

Your lunch? I sold it for 2p. Hey, here’s your ½p

Street Photographer’s Rights

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The following links are about the music industry.

Why Spotify Doesn’t Make Sense for Musicians: 70,000 Listens Earns Less Than $300

3 Responses to The Copyright Copper Files

  1. Paula says:

    Thank you so much Judy! This list should be essential reading for all bloggers. I definately learned a few things!
    hugs Paula

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  2. Wow – There are pitfalls all over the place waiting to snare you. Thanks for such an exhaustive search on the issue – I’ve asked my local group and guild reps to come and have a look at the links for themselves (didn’t copy ANYTHING!) and hopefully they will publicise the issue in our newsletters.

    Rhona T

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    • Rhona,

      Your group and guild are more than welcome to have a look … I started putting the information together primarily for my own groups and guild to use as a reference point. (Perhaps more for me … so Icould remember where to find the information!)

      Judy B

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