Clearing up Copyright and Pincushion Mice

by Helen on April 3, 2012

Clearing up copyright?! Well, that is to say for Bustle & Sew patterns anyway!  If I could clear up all global copyright issues in just one post, then I’d be (a) a genius and (b) a super-rich legal expert.  Since I am neither of these, I will simply discuss copyright for my own patterns.  This has come to the front of my mind following Nadine’s (of Thistlepatch) sad experience selling little mice she made using one of my free patterns – the Pincushion mice through her Facebook page…

Here’s one of her Thistlepatch mice.  Isn’t he (or she) adorable?!  If you’d like the free pattern to make your own mouse, then please click here to download.

Anyway, I didn’t have any problems with Nadine’s little mice as we’d already been in touch about it.  I don’t know the exact details of the message she received, but she was very upset when somebody accused her of copying my design.  So I thought perhaps I should clarify my position on use of Bustle & Sew patterns:

  • I sell my patterns on a strictly single license to each individual buyer.  You do not have permission to distribute (for free, or for profit) copies of the patterns in printed, electronic or any other format. (I am sure nobody reading this would dream of doing such a thing).
  • You may personally make items from my patterns to sell through your own shop or at craft shows (if in doubt please ask).
  • Within any written description of the item for sale please credit Bustle & Sew with the pattern design – and it would be super-nice if you included a link back to my site. 
  • Mass production using either free or purchased patterns is prohibited.

Phew … I think that’s all.  It’s wonderful that people like to use my patterns in this way, especially as I don’t make items for sale myself – I love the design side most of all and am always impatient to start on the next project. 

Bear

But not until I’ve finished the current work in progress.  Here’s Bear .. on my Rosie & Bear Alphabet Sampler.  It’s coming along very nicely – it’s one of those projects where everything seems to be going right – for the moment anyway! 

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{ 7 comments… read them below or add one }

Sandra (Cherry Heart) April 3, 2012 at 10:18 pm

Wow, the sampler looks amazing. So detailed, seriously impressive!

S x

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Linda B April 4, 2012 at 12:12 am

The new sampler is going to be amazing, and I can’t wait to see it completed! Just look at that tiny nested bird upon the top of the ‘Z’!!!! I love…love…love it!!!
Thank you for the sweet little mouse pattern….Very cute!
X Linda

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Liz Hunt April 4, 2012 at 8:59 am

Hi,
Lovely to hear that you are so generous with your patterns; I also let anyone use mine ( I design and make bags and accessories ) , either through my classes or by lending patterns. Its nice to pass on skills and see others success.

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Susan Davies May 16, 2013 at 5:56 pm

Hi Helen

Been getting your newsletter’s for a while now and am always inspired and amazed at what you do.
Wish I had the drive to do more crafts, but with 3 children our house is mad and chaotic all the time. There is no room to think sometimes never mind have a quiet minute to do some sewing etc.
I have been asked to make something to sell for our school fair. Could I possibly make the mice using your pattern? I thought it might be easier to make little things the children would like as well as the parents.

Thankyou for reading my ramblings
Best wishes
Susan

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Helen May 16, 2013 at 6:17 pm

Hi Susan, yes that’s fine – thanks for asking – all I ask is that you credit Bustle & Sew with the design. Thanks for your kind comments about my newsletter – so pleased you’re enjoying it.

Best wishes
Helen

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Luci Spencer June 11, 2013 at 12:11 pm

Hi Helen,

Thanks for this post, I am so sorry to hear about Nadine’s problem! I have just downloaded the mouse pattern (how beautiful is Nadine’s mouse?!) and I would love to be able to sell them at my local craft fairs and on my Facebook page (of course with credit to you!).
I’ll have a look at some of your other patterns too – I love the ducks/geese! – and just want to check that you wouldn’t mind if I sold these too? I only craft in my spare time, and I am always on the look out for new projects :).

Luci x

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Helen June 12, 2013 at 10:48 am

Hi Luci

Thanks for asking – no I don’t mind one little bit if you sell items you’ve personally made using my design. In fact I’m delighted that you think they’re nice enough! All I request is that you credit Bustle & Sew with the pattern design.

Good luck with your craft fairs.

Helen x

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