May 2005

What is Copyright?

After the Napster episode, the music industry brought the topic of copyright into the spotlight and caused a lot of discussion in different industries, including needlecraft. Many people may violate copyright laws unintentionally, so I thought it is a good idea to have a quick review on this subject. Please note that the following piece covers only a small subset of the copyright laws.

Copyright laws are not for creating an uncomfortable situation for you and me. They are to protect the rights of creators and producers. Think about it; if publishers and designers do not benefit from their work, what incentive will they have to produce more designs for all of us to enjoy and use? Each of us works somehow to earn a living, including designers and publishers. Should we make it hard on them if nobody knows?

There are many sites on the Internet for this topic. TNNA (The National NeedleArts Association) has produced a comprehensive brochure on copyrights. You can view and/or download a copy for yourself from TNNA's Website.

Nazanin S. Fard

Needlecraft University

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