Saturday, December 11, 2004

Ethic, copyright and all that fun stuff

First, I want to say that I'm only posting this out of curiosity. I've never sold any of my knitting and I don't plan to, at least for now. Maybe if I ever get really good at this, enough that I can design my own stuff, I will change my mind, but for now I prefer to knit for myself or for gifts.

The other day at work, a coworker was looking at my Harry Potter scarf and asked me if I would knit one for his niece, offering of course to pay me for the yarn and for my time. I refused because I don't even have enough time to knit for myself.

But if I had said yes, would it have been wrong? The pattern is copyrighted. But it's not like I would mass-produce it and sell it on a website, you know. If a non-knitter sees my booga bag and ask me if I can make one for them, is it wrong to make them one and ask them to pay for the yarn AND the time it takes me to make it?

Also, I know that it would be wrong for me to make, say, a sweater based on a pattern from Knitty and then sell it on Ebay. But if I make the sweater and give it to someone who then decides a year later to sell it on Ebay, would that be copyright violation?

Again, I'm not planning to do any of the above (and I'm hoping people wouldn't Ebay the stuff I make them :p), I'm just curious about it.

*x-posted in the Knit and Bitch forum.


rizleymelinda said...

Hmm..Interesting question. I don't know how to knit (but I've always wanted to learn). Anyways I would compare it to sewing patterns. You can use a pattern and make an outfit and sell it without breaking any ethic codes. I just think you can't make an outfit using a Vogue pattern and stick a Vogue sticker on it...trying to make a rip off. Anyways..Is it possible to teach yourself to knit?


Sam said...

Chère Caroline

Do not worry - I do not think this would be considered a mass-production effort !!!
Come see me too at - we may meet at the next Montreal Knitting Collective