Original plastic canvas patterns… are you committing a copyright violation?

Posted on: October 13, 2009

Copyright Education.  When creating your own “original patterns “you need to be aware of copyright violations.

 I for one think the people are very much aware of copyright violations, but they do it anyway. They set up websites and sell their so called original patterns, because what company is going to take the time to search the internet and find out who is stealing from them? Well it’s just a matter of time. How these crafters have a clear conscious is beyond me.

Disney art, Looney Tunes,  Spiderman, Scooby Doo, Betty Boop, Tweety bird, Care Bears, Sesame Street, cartoon characters such as Sponge Bob ect…   

Anything you make that has a copyright associated with the name or logo is copyrighted and protected under the U.S. Copyright laws. You need to get legal permission from any company whose art you are creating for the sole purpose of selling it for profit.

For example, Disney is a big company. If a person got caught, he or she may have to pay a sizable sum of money to Disney for the sales made. I would not want to be one of those people!

Here is an explanation straight from the Copyright office:

United States Copyright Law

The 1976 federal Copyright Law protects owners of original works from having their work reproduced or altered without their expressed permission. Under Title 17, U.S. Code, et. seq., the following original works of authorship is protected.

All forms of expression: paper, recording on tape, coded into computer.
Prose, drama, dance, music, art, and electronic instructions.
All works created on or after January 1, 1978, registered or not.

Authors are protected from having their original work altered by the following methods.

Reproduction: copies or tapes
Adaptation, or creation of derivative works.
Distribution by sale, gift, rental, lease or loan.
Public performance of the work: (literary, musical, dramatic, and choreographic works, pantomimes, and motion pictures and other audiovisual works).
Public display: (literary, musical, dramatic, and choreographic works, pantomimes, and pictorial, graphic, or sculptural works, including individual images of a motion picture or other audiovisual work).


You may also be criminally liable if you willfully copy a work for profit or financial gain, or if the work has a value of more than $1,000. Penalties can include a one year jail sentence plus fines. If the value is more than $2,500, you may be sentenced to five years in jail plus fines. Criminal penalties generally apply to large-scale commercial piracy.

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