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. 


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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