To Copy or Not to Copy?

To Copy or Not to Copy?

To Copy or Not to Copy?

Many of you will recall that I am also the leader of the Online Tatting Class (17 yrs and still teaching!) For that class, the tatters share their patterns and work with each other as I post the info or images on the class website weekly. (BTW, all are welcome to join, just email me.) It is the intent of all participants to share their work freely and without charge.

Similarly, if I use a pattern or photo or article on I obtain written permission to do so.

Book reviews are another very important issue for copyrights. I write book reviews for the Online Tatting Class and frequently. I do this under the permission commonly called, "fair use." I take an image of the book cover, of the back cover also if it contains indications of the type of projects, publishing info or date and/or the ISBN. In the review I include a sample photo (whole or partial) of the style of these projects, the style of the diagrams and written text and/or abbreviations.

It has always been my intention with these book reviews to promote the art of tatting, recognize new works by known designers and to welcome new tatters and designers. Sharing the availability of new books with thousands on tatters online, I believe, is beneficial to all tatters.

For tatters, a bountiful source of tatting patterns has been the vintage books. Known as "10-centers", these booklets were often produced by thread manufacturers to promote the use of their products. Newspapers printed patterns and held contests to increase circulation in the early 20th century. Now, many of these old booklets are now in the public domain.

Such public domain tatting patterns are also a wonderful aid to teaching modern tatting techniques. Indeed, here on and in the files of the Online Tatting Class, many a pattern has been used to illustrate modern methods such as tatting a lace piece from end to end, row to row and from the center out without cutting the thread. Called, "climbing out," this method brought in to popular use the split ring, the mock picot, and the split chain.

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