I’m surely not calling anyone a “devil” here so please, let’s get that straight but here are some scenarios I’d like you to weigh in on. Of course, this is all our own opinions and yes, I want to hear from both sides with your reasoning.
1. Suppose I write a book of quilt patterns. I use fabric in those quilts. One of the quilts is on the cover of my book. My publisher uses that quilt in promotional materials like flyers, postcards reminding you about upcoming quilt shows, or maybe the publisher shares a copy of the cover of my new book in quilt magazines to promote the book. Copyright violation(s) or not?
2. Suppose I make a quilt that I’m donating to the United Way to raffle. Of course, I’m using fabric in that quilt . . maybe a Texas themed fabric by Moda! Suppose United Way decides to put a photo of that quilt on their promotional materials. Copyright violation or not?
3. Suppose I’m taking a workshop at your guild or your regional quilt show. You use a photo of the quilt I’m going to be teaching for your promotional materials. You really need folks to sign up for that class but they have to see the quilt in order to know if they like it or not before they sign up. You’re making money off the lessons I’m teaching. Is sharing a photo of the quilt a copyright violation?
4. Suppose I’ve written three books and each book had 12 – 15 quilts in it and my sewing room is so full of quilts that I need to sell some of them. They’re made with fabric I purchased. Can I sell some of those quilts?
Some suggest just using the fabric for personal use. Once you’ve made the quilts, a few years down the road someone comes to you and asks if you will donate a quilt to the local fund raiser. Or, someone says “Will you make me a quilt just like this one? I’ll pay you!” and you say “I’ll sell you this one!” Chances are you will never get caught or have any problems for doing something once or twice but breaking the rules is breaking the rules!
Do you see where this is going? When folks get too “copyright crazy”, it creates problems for all of us. Yes, this all can and will blow over but as long as there’s a quilter out there who doesn’t realize the ramifications of using some of these fabrics, we need to make sure it does not blow over quite yet.
I’ve already written to my favorite designer, Gail Kessler, the Dimples (Andover Fabrics) lady and she has no problem with Dimples being used in my books! Maybe there needs to be a list published of which companies will allow what to be done with their fabrics. I’m telling you . . with my blog having the ads, it’s already considered “commercial” by some and I will avoid any fabric that makes any mention of wanting it to be used for personal use only.