Know Your Rights: Copyright 101 for Weavers

26 Apr 2012
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How Much Do You Know About Copyright?

Weaving Today and the staff at Interweave have released a new free eBook Know Your Rights: Copyright 101 for Weavers to help raise awareness of the issues surrounding copyright and give credit to the talented writers, designers, artists, photographers, and innovators who work with us to share their products and ideas with our readers.

This guide to the basics of copyright is for anyone and everyone: designers and makers, crafters, retailers, library staff, educators, and more.

"Most people think of pirated movies or music when they hear about copyright violations," says Eunny Jang, editor of Interweave Knits magazine. "But we answer questions about copyright for crafters, artists, designers, and authors every day—copyright and other intellectual property issues are a big deal in the DIY marketplace, where the "I can do that!" spirit and respect for original, independent design and authorship need to coexist peacefully."

This free resource addresses topics such as:

  • What is copyright?
  • How does copyright work?
  • What is copyright infringement?
  • Plus other pressing topics from simple questions to more complex issues, such as:
    • Can I resell a pattern/magazine/book/DVD I own? What about purchases of my digital downloads?
    • Can I make and sell projects I found in a book or magazine?
    • Where can I find more instructions for projects that I can make and sell?
    • How can I tell if a work is in the public domain?
    • Do I always retain copyright as the original author of a piece?
    • What do I do if someone’s violating my copyright?
    • And much more.

"Ultimately, copyright is about protecting the creative process, ensuring that the creator of a work can benefit from that work," adds Jang. "Our goal at Interweave is to educate our consumers about what copyright is, and why it matters—and to give authors, artists, and designers everywhere the tools they need to protect their own rights so they can continue to create new works and share them with the public."

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smedway wrote
on 22 Aug 2012 7:35 PM
There is some inaccurate information in this.
mozarella wrote
on 31 Dec 2013 7:14 AM

Thank you so much for your great work.

Terry@55 wrote
on 26 Feb 2014 7:21 PM

The only way to get accurate information on copyright is from the U.S. Copyright Office. A publisher has an inherent interest in providing misinformation about their rights to try to limit users/readers. This pamphlet is just such a publication. It is well-established law that USEFUL ARTICLES (i.e., woven goods) can be made from any pattern without violating copyright. The designer must have a design patent to protect designs made into useful articles. See or call the Copyright Office at (202) 707-3000 to learn your rights.