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Copyrights and patterns

16 years ago

I am new here. I make and sell quilted items at craft shows. I am new to that as well. All of the stuff I have sold in the past I have designed myself.

I just bought a pattern to make tote bags. I was all set to make a few dozen of these when I read at the end of the pattern "This pattern is for personal use only. Items may not be made for sale from this pattern. This pattern is copyright protected."

This is a very simple pattern. I probably could have come up with my own design if I tried.

My question is: What happens now if I do that? Come up with a similar design. I mean there are only so many ways you can make a tote bag. Am I running the risk of infringing on someone's copyright?

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