Have fun reading through some of the stories and using some of these easy patterns! Just remember that all of these designs, stories, patterns, and photographs are copyright Karissa Cole/ex-astris1701 2013, all rights reserved*. All stories and patterns have have been made available for non-profit use only, and any reproduction must give proper attribution in all cases. Amigurumi designs that are not offered as free patterns may not be recreated in any form. For any questions or comments please feel free to contact me. Thanks!
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*Why I have the right to restrict selling items from my patterns: According to www.copyright.gov "Copyright, a form of intellectual property law, protects original works of authorship including literary, dramatic, musical, and artistic works, such as poetry, novels, movies, songs, computer software, and architecture....Copyright does not protect ideas, concepts, systems, or methods of doing something. You may express your ideas in writing or drawings and claim copyright in your description, but be aware that copyright will not protect the idea itself as revealed in your written or artistic work." According to this, then, while I cannot claim copyright on the idea of making an amugurumi whale, the specific way in which I have made this whale (the design) as seen in my pattern can indeed be and is protected by copyright. Therefore, since the design of the work is copyrighted, any recreate of my design is still protected under my copyright. For example, if someone were to produce a unique painting this painting would be copyrighted to the original artist. No one would be able to recreate this painting and sell it without first gaining the artist's permission. In addition, under the heading "What Works Are Protected?" at www.copyright.gov/circs/circ01.pdf, sculptural works are clearly listed. The word sculpture is defined as "the art of carving, modeling, welding, or otherwise producing figurative or abstract works of art in three dimensions;" this would include 3 dimensional works such as those made with yarn. It is clear that the things I make (amigurumi) are considered creative works, and as such are automatically copyrighted. And because I have expressed my methods (description, ideas) in writing in a completely unique way, I am able to claim copyright on said description, as indicated earlier from the www.copyright.gov posting. So, now it is clear that my pattern can be copyrighted as well as the design. A copyrighted pattern gives me the authority to choose how the pattern is distributed. A copyrighted design gives me the authority to decide how the design is used. Therefore, if I do not wish for someone to sell my design, I have that right. Which leads us to copyright infringement. An example of copyright infrnegement would be using a creative work commercially without permission. Since it has already been established that the written description of my design and the final product are considered creative works, selling either of these without my permission (which I do not give) is copyright infringement. If further explanation is necessary, let me draw your attention to the "How do I protect my recipe" question found at www.copyright.gov/help/faq/faq-protect.html#what_protect: "How do I protect my recipe? A mere listing of ingredients is not protected under copyright law. However, where a recipe or formula is accompanied by substantial literary expression in the form of an explanation or directions, or when there is a collection of recipes as in a cookbook, there may be a basis for copyright protection." Using this as an example, if I were to merely list the things necessary to make an amigurumi whale (the ingredents) this would not be protected by copyright law. However, since a crochet pattern is a formula, much like a recipe, and is accompanied by literary expression in the form of an explanation or directions there may be a basis for copyright law. This basis is of course confirmed when all of the above information is taken in. In addition, the claim that "there is a difference between something having copyright protection and actually being copyrighted. The former is automatic while the latter requires the pattern be registered with the US Copyright Office," ss not true according to www.copyright.gov, which says, "your work is under copyright protection the moment it is created and fixed in a tangible form that it is perceptible either directly or with the aid of a machine or device....In general, registration is voluntary. Copyright exists from the moment the work is created." If all this isn't satisfying, please keep in mind that I have created these patterns on my own time and have shared them freely. I make no profit and I am simply asking that you respect me and my work by following suit. I truly appreciate those who are kind and considerate enough to comply with this little request :)