I’ve deleted the post regarding the copyright issue on HGTV. The lady has written me and she feels awful and I feel awful. I had no way to get in touch with her or I would have done it all without mentioning it here.
Please, please . . read up on copyright rules . . they’re everywhere! None of us, not even most attorneys, will ever be 100% sure of the copyright laws, interpretation, etc. but if you’re not sure if something is ok, just write the author or whomever it is that you think might be the person to ask. That can resolve a whole lot of issues before they are issues.
The issue with my pattern was that she wasn’t selling it and therefore, didn’t see that there was a problem. Profit isn’t an issue. The rule I try to go by is . . if I didn’t write it; if I didn’t design it . . it isn’t mine to copy.
Most of the quilts I design are using public domain blocks or variations thereof. Yes, there’s a chance the exact same setting has been used before but with my borders, my sashings, my colors, I do my best to be sure I’m not copying someone else’s design and I know my directions aren’t copied.
Just today a blog reader wrote me that the orange quilt was in a shop’s newsletter. I was really upset . . not because I thought someone had copied my design because I just did it this week. I was afraid my design was just like someone else’s. It’s a simple block and it’s possible. It turned out that they were not the same. If I had found out they were the same, I would have written the designer and apologized, hopefully before she even realized my design was the same as hers, and I would have pulled down all pictures of my quilt.
I will eventually post directions for the orange quilt. Thanks everyone for your support.