Dear Members

We must be aware of copyright issues.  Posting a whole pattern from a book written by someone else is a copyright violation.  There is an issue of "fair use".  But I'm not sure how, exactly, that is defined in our situation.  We can post patterns if the copyright is expired.  Recently we have seen several whole patterns posted from recent books or magazines and we really should not do that.  We try to talk to each other about how to work a particular pattern and we do need to post part of the pattern so we can help each other over the difficult parts.  So please post half or part of the pattern, not the whole thing.  Also please state the book the pattern is from.  If we post the author and title we are giving credit to the designer and our members will know where to find the original.  If we post the source the author will be less likely to be irritated by seeing her patterns online.  In a few days I'm going to go through our recent photos and delete the patterns which should not be posted.  Other websites can be sloppy about copyrights but we won't.

Rules:

1. We CAN post patterns from books with expired copyrights, or from books which the author has donated to one of the free download sites.  State the book source.

2. Never post a whole page from a book or magazine that has a valid copyright.

3. Do not post the entire pattern. Post only 1 repeat, or less, and give the author and title.

4. Do not post photos from books.  If you are trying to illustrate a historical point, it may be acceptable to post a portion of a photo, but give the author and title as well as page number.  This is a gray area and I'm not sure if this would constitute "fair use".

5. Do not post photos or images from another website.  Instead post a link, either the url itself, or create a link, using the link button.

I'm sorry to be such a policeman on this issue, but it is a question of ethics, and a question of respecting the authors and designers that we rely on for patterns and new designs.

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Comment by Lorelei Halley Administrator on October 15, 2014 at 1:32pm

If anybody is interested, here is the French copyright website:

http://www.copyrightfrance.com/hypertext/copyright_prix.htm

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