Know Your Rights: Copyright 101 for Sewists

How Much Do You Know About Copyright?

Sew Daily and the staff at Interweave have released a new free eBook Know Your Rights: Copyright 101 for Sewists 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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3 thoughts on “Know Your Rights: Copyright 101 for Sewists

  1. This booklet does not appear to answer a question that many “sewists” have that other crafters don’t usually confront. Is it a violation of copyright if someone uses a commercially pattern (e.g. Vogue) to produce one-of-a-kind garments for sale? While it is clear tht someone cannot copy a pattern itself and resell it, most patterns are just derivatives of a basic concept — blouse, jacket, etc.

  2. In attempt to answer a question from 2012.  Some patterns will say, you may not produce this for commercial use so then you know.  If it’s a basic design, I don’t think companies will be making you prove your source.  I actually had a old hat I liked and once worn, took it apart and make templates from the parts, making my own pattern as far as I was concerned.