A little rant about copyright

© is the copyright symbol in a copyright notice

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First of all, thanks for all of the well wishes. I’m feeling a bit better. Not 100% but I’m back at work at least. I have next week off so I’m hoping I will get some nice R&R to really kill this virus that I have.

Okay. I need to rant a little bit about something. You have been forewarned if you don’t want to hear me whine. It’ has to do with the knitting world. I should be posting this on my knitting blog but I’m not. I don’t know why. Maybe I’m chicken? I don’t know.

My mom and I are going to start making little crafty things and sell them in craft shows. We have our first one in July and I have been trying to come up with some inventory. I thought that I would knit up some washcloths because they are fast and cheap and easy to make. And I’m thinking that they might sell because they are useful. I thought I would just knit up some cool stitch patterns I’ve seen here and there. No big deal.

So I’m searching the web for something entirely different and I come across a knitting blog that has some free patterns for washcloths. I take a look at one of them. It’s a swatch of modular knitting, basically. I actually was going to do this for some of my washcloths just to kind of mix things up a bit and make them more interesting than a garter stitch swatch. So I scroll through this pattern and I notice that it’s copyrighted. Copyrighted?!? You have got to be kidding me. A swatch of modular knitting is copyrighted. So even though I had this idea to knit up some washcloths using modular knitting and sell them BEFORE I saw this pattern, I can’t do it because this random knitter has copyrighted this pattern? I find this totally ridiculous.

I have been thinking about this for awhile because I got a form e-mail a few months ago from another designer containing her copyright statement. I bought a pattern from her and am on her mailing list. However, the pattern that I bought was not really all that innovative. I bought a tank top pattern. It’s basically just your standard “knitted in stockinette in the round from the bottom up” pattern. There really is nothing innovative an new about it. No interesting stitch patterns. No interesting lacy bits on it anywhere. Yet it is copyrighted. So now I can’t make a tank top in the round and sell it. Nor can I create a tank top pattern using this technique because it is copyrighted. How can this be? Granted, this designer does have lots of other patterns that are very innovative that should be copyrighted. But I just can’t see why a simple tank top pattern using a knitting technique that has been around forever should be copyrighted.

I think the whole “Stitch-n-Bitch” controversy falls into this conversation, too. Why do people feel the need to copyright things that are already in the public domain?

Okay. End of rant. I just needed to get that out. I am not an expert on this subject matter so maybe i have no right to even comment on it. thanks for listening, anyway.

3 thoughts on “A little rant about copyright

  1. I have the same problem in programming as well. The languages that we write programs in allow for only a handful of ways to solve a given problem. Same principal as your knitting problem, if you know how to knit, you know how. No one owns that, if someone writes it down do they own it? Hell no! People shouldn’t be able to own things that aren’t unique ever. It’s sort of like Micro$oft patenting the double click after stealing it from Apple. Right they were the first to think it up. You want to know what will be the death of this country, you need to look no farther than the copyright and patent law that has gotten totally out of hand.


  2. I don’t see why you can’t make a swatch of fabric and sell it. You may have seen the pattern, but you’re not going to use it, right?
    Is this person really going to come after you for a $4 dishcloth? I doubt it.


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