There is an alarming trend I’m seeing in the needlepoint world. Far too many companies, both large and small, are playing fast & loose with images they cannot reproduce and sell. I was discussing the difference between licensing & copyright with a friend over the weekend. I suspect that some of the problem comes from ignorance between the two things. While people can have interesting discussions about intellectual property and its validity, the fact of the matter is that in selling these items, you do us all and the needlepoint world a great disservice. Copyright started in the early 1600′s as a way for authors to control the printing of their books. They could give the right to copy, i.e. print, their work to a printer. If you did not have that right you could no legally print the book. Copyright has been more clearly defined over the years but
Yesterday someone asked on a mailing list I’m on about what needed to be considered when you wanted to cross stitch or needlepoint a building. Since that is really fun to do and since you might want to move beyond stitching your own home, I thought I would share with you some of what I’ve discovered on this. I did some research on this awhile ago and it turns out to be more complex than you might think. Just to get you started in thinking about this here are some things to consider. 1. Is the piece a work of art, like a sculpture? There is a famous landmark here in Napa County of a grape crusher. It is copyright of the artist and its use is regulated by that. 2. Is it a commercial building? Then its use may be licensed by the owner as part of their identity.