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From: seamstress16
Date: 05-04-2005, 04:25 PM (1 of 4)
I have a big problem. I had a great idea to sell kitchen accessories in local stores around here (Atlanta). But, then I noticed that on the back of the patterns, it says "not for resale" and "not for commercial use". Is there any way around this? What can I do?!
User: seamstress16
Member since: 01-29-2005
Total posts: 88
From: shadylady
Date: 05-04-2005, 05:07 PM (2 of 4)
The only way around this would be to have the customers buy the pattern and give it to you to sew. The best thing would be to try and develop your own patterns.
User: shadylady
Member since: 09-19-2003
Total posts: 58
From: MaryW
Date: 05-05-2005, 08:12 AM (3 of 4)
Shadylady is correct. Those are your alternatives. :bluesmile
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User: MaryW
Member since: 06-23-2005
Total posts: 2542
From: Linda in Colorado
Date: 05-05-2005, 12:19 PM (4 of 4)
Chiming in with the others here -- DO NOT, under any circumstances, ever try to sell any item that you have made using a commercial pattern! This can get you into a whole lotta hot water!

There are some who will tell you that if you take a commercial pattern and change it by as little as 10%, you can then call the pattern your own. NO WAY! This, too, will get you into a whole lotta trouble!

So -- use those commercial patterns for custom sewing, or for yourself. You could also use them as inspiration, but using them to sell items is a huge no-no.

Sorry to burst your bubble. But it's better to be safe than sorry.

On the upside, any design has a finite number of possibilities. I mean, just how many ways are there to make a skirt, for example? So if you design a skirt, or a kitchen accessory, and someone else has a similar design, then you both came up with the same thing. The way to protect yourself is to copyright everything you design. Then you can go after copycats in court. That's what the pattern companies do, and what works for them can work for you.

Please let us know what you decide.
User: Linda in Colorado
Member since: 03-27-2000
Total posts: 102
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