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From: raspsgirl
Date: 03-11-2003, 09:39 PM (1 of 5)
Hi all,

I was wondering if I should worry about this kind of stuff. I have a bag that is an original pattern of mine that I'm selling to shops.
I had one shop owner really like the bag, but wanted me to make a few modifications. I made a prototype for her and she loves it and so now I'm making more for her. I'm wondering if I should be careful since she made the suggestions for the bag and that she could potential steal the pattern and have someone else make them. I mean, that's always a risk, right? I'm just concerned if things get bigger and the bag really takes off, if I might lose my rights and ownership of my work. I'd love any advice!!!


User: raspsgirl
Member since: 08-15-2002
Total posts: 15
From: Aimee S
Date: 03-14-2003, 01:36 AM (2 of 5)
you can get a free consultation with a lawyer. they can help you file a copywrite on the pattern. I have a lawyer on retainer and we struck up a deal of X amount of copywrites he would file for X amount of dollars.
The more you disaprove, the more fun I am having!
User: Aimee S
Member since: 02-23-2003
Total posts: 488
From: wazoodle
Date: 05-07-2003, 11:50 PM (3 of 5)
It might be simpler than that. Publish and date your pattern with a copyright notice and you will at least retain your rights to produce the pattern.

If you use sew-in or hang tags, put in your own copyright notice "Design (C)2003 Raspsgirl".

Protecting your designs from copycats is a little harder -- that usually turns out to be a payday for lawyers.
User: wazoodle
Member since: 10-17-2002
Total posts: 29
From: ReenieBess
Date: 05-27-2003, 07:16 PM (4 of 5)
I am glad to hear someone else's comments/questions about this subject. Interestingly enough, I also had a bag I was making and began to worry about copycats. As usual, with me, I never got far enough into production and sales to have it become a problem--but I am happy to hear any suggestions and answers in case....
User: ReenieBess
Member since: 03-29-2003
Total posts: 11
From: lou-dezynz
Date: 09-13-2003, 11:45 PM (5 of 5)
I read the threads on this and am fairly certain [tho law school was some time ago for me and I've been medically retired since '89] that your scenario works as follows:

YOU developed the original design. The shoppe owner to whom you sold made certain modifications to YOUR design. As a result, HER modifications were part and parcel of your original work, and therefore, YOU are the owner of the original deisgn. sHE can't sell her modified design without your agreement, or some bilateral understanding of YOUR name appearing on the design, YOU holding FIRST and original rights, unless you want to sell YOUR original design outright to her. If doing the latter, however, then YOU would need her agreement in order to develop from the original design.

Hope this helps.
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User: lou-dezynz
Member since: 02-02-2002
Total posts: 61
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