One question for the designers out there: I finally came out with my own designs a while ago and now I would love to get a copyright on a couple of them and start selling, but I don't even know where to begin! Please help!! Much appreciated!! :D
Copyright is a tricky issue. If I weren't rushing out the door I'd tell you more specifics.
A couple points:
Copyright is automatic; you don't need to "register" for anything to have a copyright on your unique and original work. It applies, I think, to anything recorded (writings, photos, patterns, etc.)
North Country Teddy Bears (Google it as I REALLY have to go and can't find the URL right now, sorry), run by Nancy Tillberg, is a wonderful resource. I think she has an article posted somewhere there about copyright. I've read it myself; it's quite good. Check it out.
Byeeeeeeeeee til later today...!
Found it!! What a COOL site!! http://www.northcountryteddybears.com/
I have one of Nancy Tillberg's books, "101 Bears To Make" which is like the "bible" of bear design along with "A Bear Of My Own" by Rotraud Illisch. These 2 instructional books will ALWAYS be in my collection!!
Thanks Again, Shelli!! Your a Dear!!
Until Next Time! Lotsa Bear Huggies!!!
Hi All, Clearly though ,none of us should be copying someone elses designs anyway, If a person has the talent to copy ,they should have the talent to design there own bear. My first three bears were bought patterns ,which I was not happy with anyway, so for 8 years I have been designing my own,and its much more gratifying than trying to copy someone elses ideas. Huggles Rita xxx
I never thought of it that way....but you have a point. I got paranoid re: copywrite infringement while a quilter.....to the point that I stopped buying books because I didn't want any influence even subconsciously.
I've pretty much done the same thing with bears too....for the same reason....AND I DON"T EVEN SELL!!
You've been designing for 8 years, Hmmmm I've been designing for 8 months. The problem with Gols and teds is the basic necessities for life.....they have to have heads, arms,legs,bods,......kind of hard to improvise toooo terribly much......so i always worry that someone will say 'Hey I do that....." well, Yeah, you prob. do. How many ways are there for a head shape, long arms, short arms, short legs, long legs, to tail or not to tail......and gollies....wellll.....I have seen some fabulous gollies here, unbelievable-like Laure's
But we are still dealing with basic body parts.....although I am toying with a Maye West gol, or Marilyn Monroe? Cleavage....yep that's what I have to figure out.....
a valuable subject for all of us