I have a question about copyright. I know if you buy a pattern you are allowed to use it and
show it and give it to someone but can you sell it?
What about if you are skilled enough to take someone's design and rather than buy the pattern make it yourself just by looking at the picture of it. Is that copyright infringement? Do you have to buy the pattern in order to make it?
Copyright has always been an issue for me. Every time I think that I understand it, I read a new article and they say something different. I thought I read something years ago if you take someone's design and change 30% of it or some low percentage it was not considered copying. Now I recently read article in McCalls quilting with all sorts of new "rules". They say no amount of change is enough.
They also say even if you give credit for a photo of a quilt you photograph in a quilt show and post it on your blog, it is still considered unauthorized publishing and an infringement to copyright laws.
I have done that unknowingly and see many others doing that. Is that really copyright infringement?
I do not plan to copy someone's design to sell but once in a while I see a cute idea for mug rugs or
valentines or Christmas cards and think that would be easy to do and send to people but do not because I am not sure what I can and can not do.
Just too confusing.