The Sexy Knitter needs your help

Edit: The problem has been resolved. Patternfish has removed the pattern.

If you get a moment, please be sure to check out Sarah Wilson’s post over at her blog about how one of her patterns has been appropriated and misused by Cherry Tree Hill. Cherry Tree Hill is selling Sarah’s pattern, without a contract to do so, on Patternfish. When Sarah contacted Patternfish and asked them to remove the pattern, they placed the burden of proof on Sarah, which is crazy, because how on Earth do you prove that someone doesn’t have a contract? By sending them a picture of an empty space in your file cabinet? Patternfish should be asking Cherry Tree Hill for proof of a contract and they should remove the pattern from sale. Read Sarah’s post and put pressure on Patternfish and Cherry Tree Hill to do the right things.


  1. Lynda Haven

    Are your patterns copyrighted? Patterns are not generally copyrightable.

    Congress incorporated the above rule into copyright law in 1976:

    “In no case does copyright protection for an original work of authorship extend to any idea, procedure, process, system, method of operation, concept, principle, or discovery, regardless of the form in which it is described, explained, illustrated, or embodied in such work.”
    17 U.S.C. § 102(b)

    A pattern is a procedure, process or method of operation, for making something. The specific instructions for making the item might, might, qualify for copyright registration but that copyright only would cover the written instructions, not the patterns or what was made from the patterns.”

    However,it’s in Patternfish’s interest to remove the pattern even though they are not legally obligated.

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