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ikkivan Posted - 03/16/2013 : 3:23:41 PM
This has probably been on here at sometime, but I need a refresher course (frequently, it seems) ... I really do try to respect copyrights and wonder about the "legality/ethics" of lending my books and patterns to another knitter. I have never done this with a pattern I have purchased online and downloaded myself, but I have let a couple of knitting relatives or friends borrow one of my books or magazines. I have contacted designers for permission to make copies of their free patterns to give out for a small knitting group at my church. I wonder if my friends copy patterns from these publications I have bought.

I live in a small rural town with no library, so haven't checked this for myself, but I am wondering if public libraries have knitting books to be checked out. If so, I would think the chances are pretty high that many of the patterns contained in those are copied for later use.

How protective should I feel about lending these things when I have paid for them myself? I am usually considered very generous.

Donna, with intentions always bigger than her available time. (OkieDokieKnitter on Ravelry)
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eldergirl Posted - 03/16/2013 : 10:36:19 PM
Libraries do have knitting pattern books to check out, Donna, and lending books out is OK too.

That's as much as I know, not having much legal knowledge. I know designers have raised this type of question, and you might see if you can look online for more information.

Best wishes,


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