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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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      Oct 7, 2015, 07.43 AMby Denni2

      Clothing is legally considered ‘useful items’ and cannot be copyrighted…same as patterns, also not copyrightable.

      The true answer to the OP is yes, you probably can. Be sure what the copyright symbol represents…is it the label design, or a company logo?

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      Oct 7, 2015, 07.53 AMby Denni2

      Or not…because clothing is considered ‘useful items’ and generally cannot be copyrighted. Written word, artwork…yes. Ideas, instructions, and clothing…not.

      Here’s an excellent, detailed, and well researched article on the subject:

      And a very well done video:

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