While creating BurdaStyle, we were captivated by the open source philosophy: the sharing of intellectual property and allowing the public to adapt it to their specific needs. We assimilated the concept to BurdaStyle, removing the copyright from our patterns. Our open source sewing patterns are free to be used as a base for your own design. Whatever you sew, you can sell if you like. We believe that removing copyrights from our designs will inspire creativity and spawn multiple new designs – and that’s wonderful!

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    Mar 29, 2010, 01.17 AMby seasidelaundry

    What an enterprise! This generous philosphy spawns escalating interest. I was not aware of this policy! I am scouring those amazing patterns immediately. Whether I keep, gift or sell, I hope I will be returning the favor by promoting Burda. The patterns, along with your many teaching guides, are spectacular. Thank you!

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    Apr 13, 2010, 06.21 PMby sur2479

    Thanks. I’m setting up an online store and I’m sure your patterns will come in handy.

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      Apr 14, 2010, 02.11 AMby sew4my3

      Congrats on your new business venture and we look forward to seeing your work. Good luck and keep sewing with a smile!

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    Apr 22, 2010, 03.43 AMby Naki-Mum

    Thanks for making Burda open source, it goes perfect with my Ubuntu operating system. I believe in all things open source. Who knows, I might just be able to ‘design’ a few patterns in Ubuntu (that’s to say after I’ve finished with all my learning about it LOL)

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    May 27, 2010, 11.30 AMby adrienneszat

    I wish you the best with your online store, Sur2479! I am preparing for one, too – I love to sew and am most appreciative for this open source opportunity. Not all of us can design patterns, or ‘re-invent the wheel’; as well, how many copyrights of simple skirts and pants, for example, are really legitimate? Thanks, Burda Style!

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      Jun 10, 2011, 09.40 PMby minicher

      I so agree with you about how you can claim a copyright on shopping bags, totes with no special modifications, jeans etc. I think this open source program is just great

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    Jun 19, 2010, 04.49 AMby mbrizz

    I salute you for your decision to remove the copyright. I’ve been using Burda patterns for years, ever since I moved to Italy and found that commercial patterns are hard to come by. Your patterns are always a great fit. Thanks a lot. I’m definitely going to try one of the downloadable patterns.

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    Jul 3, 2010, 12.18 AMby katydidonline

    Thanks for making Burda copyright free! I am always looking for projects we can do at guild meetings and sit’n’sews and are grateful for all your pattern offerings and instructions! You have done much to promote the art of sewing!

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    Jul 26, 2010, 05.31 AMby brocader

    Are the burdastyle magazine patterns posted here also copyright free?

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      Jul 27, 2010, 10.08 AMby anajan

      No, they are protected by the copyright. I think these patterns contain the copyright mark ©

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      Jul 28, 2010, 12.46 PMby sew4my3

      That is correct AnaJan, the magazine patterns are NOT part of the open source patterns and are copyrighted.

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    Sep 6, 2010, 05.52 PMby Ann Gullickson

    Is it possible to edit the downloadable patterns on the computer to create a new pattern?

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    Oct 15, 2010, 05.46 PMby ldswoman

    I can’t thank you enough!

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    Nov 10, 2010, 03.46 PMby sewcountrymel

    Are all patterns and posts open source/copyright free on burdastyle.com? I have been looking for some kind of indicator, without finding one. Thanks for a great site!

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      Nov 11, 2010, 01.20 AMby sew4my3

      All BurdaStyle-created patterns are considered “Open Source.” An Open Source pattern means that it is copyright-free, which means that you can create garments based on the pattern for commercial use. We do, however, appreciate crediting BurdaStyle or linking back to the base pattern. You are not able to re-sell the original pattern.

      Please note that only BurdaStyle-created patterns are copyright-free. burda style Magazine and member-created patterns still maintain copyright restrictions. You are not allowed to created garments for commercial use directly from these patterns.

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    Nov 10, 2010, 03.58 PMby Sabrina Wharton-Brown

    Is it the same for burdastyle magazines (the patterns are often the same) — that is, are they copyright free?

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      Nov 11, 2010, 01.21 AMby sew4my3

      All BurdaStyle-created patterns are considered “Open Source.” An Open Source pattern means that it is copyright-free, which means that you can create garments based on the pattern for commercial use. We do, however, appreciate crediting BurdaStyle or linking back to the base pattern. You are not able to re-sell the original pattern.

      Please note that only BurdaStyle-created patterns are copyright-free. burda style Magazine and member-created patterns still maintain copyright restrictions. You are not allowed to created garments for commercial use directly from these patterns.

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      Nov 27, 2010, 02.09 PMby Sabrina Wharton-Brown

      Thank you for letting me know. : )

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    Apr 4, 2011, 02.27 AMby decora

    " An Open Source pattern means that it is copyright-free, which means that you can create garments based on the pattern for commercial use. We do, however, appreciate crediting BurdaStyle or linking back to the base pattern. You are not able to re-sell the original pattern."

    This is somewhat different from the definition of ‘open source’ from how other ‘open source’ websites define it. Particularly im thinking of Wikipedia and it’s “Creative Commons” license. All of wikipedia is, in fact, under copyright – it is just released under a “Share Alike, Attribution” Creative Commons license , which means that people who reuse wikipedia content are legally required to Attribute the source of their work, i.e. they must say “i got this from wikipedia”, and they cannot pretend they own it and restrict others from re-sharing it.

    If you dont put any copyright on your work, my impression is that your work is technically ‘public domain’, and anyone can do anything they want with it, including selling it, or using it as the base ingredient of another creative work which they then copyright and claim sole ownership of. Since the original is not copyright, the creator has no control over it if it is public domain.

    Just wondering what BurdaStyle’s thoughts are on all this.

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      Apr 28, 2011, 12.19 PMby katexxxxxx

      You don’t actually have to ‘declare’ copyright on anything: if you draw or write something, UNLESS you have assigned copyright elsewhere (as in contributing to Wikipedia, to use your example) you automatically own copyright of that material.

      Open source means that you allow it’s use by other people without them having to acquire a license to use it. Something that is in the public domain is either copyright expired (like everything Shakespeare wrote, for example), or has been declared so by the writer/publisher. With open source material, written or drawn or in any other format, the originator retains copyright and intellectual property ownership.

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    Oct 25, 2011, 07.32 AMby sajoz07

    Oh I love burdastyle.com, really excited to sew most of the free patterns, very inspiring. Keep on keeping on.

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    Apr 30, 2013, 01.03 PMby otherside1702

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