On Copyright, and Purchased Quilt and Embroidery Designs

Happi Hen from Claire Turpin Designs


I purchased the Hen House appliqué quilt pattern in downloadable electronic form (PDF files) from Claire Turpin Designs in Australia via Etsy. I then contacted Claire via email on Etsy and requested her permission to digitize the elements in the quilt blocks. Claire agreed, with the following restrictions:

"That('s) total(ly) fine as long as it is for personal use only and the digitised pattern is not shared with anyone else. " — Claire Turpin

Perfect! Her request was straightforward and not anything more than I expected!

On Copyright of Embroidery and Quilt Designs

In our personal lives, quilting and embroidery compliment each other beautifully. We embellish quilt blocks with beautiful embroidery designs we either purchase or digitize with our favorite embroidery suite, PREMIER+™ 2 Ultra. Electronic cutters make our lives easier by eliminating the requirement for precise manual fabric cutting around placement stitch lines; as we age arthritis may hinder this delicate manual cutting operation to a larger or lesser extent, so the cutters become an essential tool in the studio.

Just because we purchase a quilt design does NOT give us permission to do whatever we wish to do with the quilt or embroidery design. The Copyright notice in the PDF documents included in the electronic download for the Hen House quilt was perfectly clear: "...do not use or abuse my designs for any commercial purpose."

Many times the Copyright notice is not clear, and other times it is plain confusing or might require clarification. It is up to us, the consumers, to request clarification, and to ask for permission to do whatever it is we wish to do. But WE are the ones who must make it perfectly clear to the Seller what WE intend to do, so everything in on the proverbial table. In other words, be as specific as possible to help the seller understand WHY you request permission to do something.

I am amazed at how others disrespect Copyright notices or believe that simply paying for an item gives them permission to do as they wish, including selling what is not theirs.

If you do not get permission, use common sense and do not abuse what is someone else's Intellectual Property (IP)! The act of paying for an electronic download in the form of PDF documents does not give you permission to sell the documents, or to digitize embroidery elements that can be created from those documents!

One Example of Copyright Notice

When I downloaded the Hen House quilt PDF document included in the zip archive I saw the following Copyright notice on all 8 pages of the PDF:

Claire Turpin Copyright Notice

I contacted Claire via email to request her permission to digitize the hens, rooster, fox, plants, and chicken houses; in other words, every design element in the quilt blocks. And I kept fingers crossed while waiting, as regular machine appliqué requires careful cutting around tackdown stitch lines. But arthritis can prevent us from doing the extensive delicate and accurate cutting required.

Digitizing the Embroidery Designs in the Quilt. 

I explained fully to Claire what I intended to do; because the contact was via email, everything was in writing. And when Claire granted me permission via email, it was also in writing. This completed everything required by Claire from me as far as the quilt design elements.

I will never sell the digitized embroidery designs, nor will I profit in any way from the Hen House quilt. That all belongs to Claire Turpin Designs; I do not own any part of the design. I simply paid for the privilege to use what is Claire's Intellectual Property (IP).

Thank you, Claire!

— Al

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