Category Archives: Legal Rights

Can Beading Magazine Claim Copyright in Geometric Pattern?

DR_BeadsQuestion: A beading magazine has lots of instructions for making beaded jewelry designs that are purely geometric. The magazine tells readers that they can only use these designs for gifts or personal use (but not to sell). Can the magazine stop me from selling jewelry based on these designs?

Answer: We think you can probably sell the designs without incident but our response depends on the uniqueness and novelty of the patterns. Continue reading

What Rights Does a Crafts Buyer Acquire?

carving Question: I sell original wood sculptures. What rights does a buyer get?

Answer: Assuming it’s protected under copyright law, a customer acquires the limited right to display the wood carving at home (though not in a museum) and to lend it, rent it, and re-sell it (and in some cases, to destroy it—although certain fine art crafts works such as sculptures and limited edition prints and photographs are exempt from this rule. The customer cannot make copies or otherwise reproduce it. You control all copyright in the work .