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Know Your Rights: Copyright 101 for Beaders

Apr 26, 2012
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How Much Do You Know About Copyright?

Beading Daily and the staff at Interweave have released a new free eBook Know Your Rights: Copyright 101 for Beaders to help raise awareness of the issues surrounding copyright and give credit to the talented writers, designers, artists, photographers, and innovators who work with us to share their products and ideas with our readers.

This guide to the basics of copyright is for anyone and everyone: designers and makers, crafters, retailers, library staff, educators, and more.

"Most people think of pirated movies or music when they hear about copyright violations," says Eunny Jang, editor of Interweave Knits magazine. "But we answer questions about copyright for crafters, artists, designers, and authors every day—copyright and other intellectual property issues are a big deal in the DIY marketplace, where the "I can do that!" spirit and respect for original, independent design and authorship need to coexist peacefully."

This free resource addresses topics such as:

  • What is copyright?
  • How does copyright work?
  • What is copyright infringement?
  • Plus other pressing topics from simple questions to more complex issues, such as:
    • Can I resell a pattern/magazine/book/DVD I own? What about purchases of my digital downloads?
    • Can I make and sell projects I found in a book or magazine?
    • Where can I find more instructions for projects that I can make and sell?
    • How can I tell if a work is in the public domain?
    • Do I always retain copyright as the original author of a piece?
    • What do I do if someone’s violating my copyright?
    • And much more.

"Ultimately, copyright is about protecting the creative process, ensuring that the creator of a work can benefit from that work," adds Jang. "Our goal at Interweave is to educate our consumers about what copyright is, and why it matters—and to give authors, artists, and designers everywhere the tools they need to protect their own rights so they can continue to create new works and share them with the public."

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whimbeads wrote
on Apr 27, 2012 5:20 PM

Awesome!  Thank you all for taking the time to create this very important download!

TashaMc wrote
on Jun 7, 2012 4:42 AM

As useful as this download is, I'd have appreciated a bit more info on Creative Commons, which seems to have been dismissed completely in the ebook! CC is a really big movement, and for some people publishing a pattern under a CC licence may be preferable to traditional copyright. The key to CC is Attribution; this means that the original author or designer of the licenced item must be acknowledged every time the item is reused in any way. There are six flavours of CC, the most simple of which (called attribution-noncommercial-noderivs) allows people to share the licenced item as long as they attribute the work, don't modify it, and don't use it commercially - that is, a reader could pass on a pattern to her beading buddies as long as she didn't claim it was her idea or sell it. Other flavours of CC allow users to make tweaks to the licenced item or even use it commercially, but at heart they all required attribution. 

For me, the beauty of CC is that designers can publish their work and know that it can, and probably will, gain a much wider audience than is likely under a traditional copyright policy. It's a fantastic way to spread the word about your work when you are starting out or when you want to publisher taster patterns as free samples. 

Full information is available at

Please note: I do not work and have never worked for CC - this isn't an advert, just information which I feel might be useful for other beaders. I do have a collection of patterns that I am working on at the moment, and intend to publish under a CC BY-NC (attribution-noncommercial) licence when they're ready.

on Jun 15, 2012 12:37 PM

A copy of this needs to be sent to "Kevin" (et al) at Bead & Button Magazine!