Copyright Guidelines for Crafters – Infographic for Crafty Knithacker-Types Like Us!
Copyright, by definition, is the legal right given to an originator to publish, print, perform, film or record literacy, artistic or musical material. This means that if you take anything that isn’t yours for your own, you will be sued. You can ask for copyright permission to use something, but this is not always granted and often there is a sum of money you must pay to be allowed this.
Sometimes, it can be difficult to understand what is copyright and what is not. For example, some people have the misconception that using scanners dedicated to book scanning is copyright infringement, but book scanners have non-infringing uses and many books exist outside the copyright law. Nevertheless, you do have to watch out for copyright laws, and tips on how to do this for crafters are stated below.
This is a great cheat sheet for crafters, and if you want to better understand the ins and outs of the infographic above, Ginger Davis Allman does a deeper dive at The Blue Bottle Tree and distills topics such as: copyright, patent, trademark, international copyright, fair use, tutorials/classes, inspired-by and derivative works, licensed characters, dealing with infringements, social media and more.
If you want to know what you can and can’t do, start with Ginger’s great overview.