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Hey there,

I just have a quick question. Is it allowed/appropriate to upload a pattern made from an old (but awesome!) pair of shorts that I took apart?



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    Jun 24, 2012, 09.30 AMby buddingnaturalist

    I’d like to check on this as well, I’ve a cool pattern I traced from an old jersey tunic that really rocks.

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    Jul 22, 2012, 03.32 AMby sew4my3

    Good question! Let me check with our offices on this and someone will get back to you.

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      Jul 28, 2012, 02.26 PMby katexxxxxx

      The short answer is no: you are ripping off someone else’s design and can be sued for doing so.

      It’s unlikely that this would happen if you were making a one-off copy for personal use, but you might run into a lot of expensive trouble if you ripped off some clothing designer’s work and then made it available to all, as in publishing it here.

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      Aug 1, 2012, 03.40 AMby sew4my3

      That’s what I thought too, but someone mentioned on another website that you could use the design as long as you didn’t take the garment apart and use as a pattern. The laws in the sewing and design industry are always changing, so I would advise you to do as much research as possible before posting.

      I am still waiting for a response from the home office.

      Thanks katexxxxxx! BTW do you know where the new copyright laws are posted? I know some new adjustments were made again this past spring.

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      Aug 7, 2012, 10.58 PMby katexxxxxx

      Best place to look for up-to-date info on this sort of thing is

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    Nov 2, 2013, 12.39 PMby msjvd

    The best thing to look for anytime you upload anything that you did not personally design is the word COPYRIGHTED or this symbol, ©, which tells you that the design/photograph/information is copyright protected. And yeah, copying the design could cost you a lot.

    However, if you made changes to the design…..

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