A Word About Copyrights…

A couple of our most frequently asked questions are… “Can we sell items we make with your patterns?” and “What does copyright mean?” We are in the process of finishing up Wee Folk Art’s official “Q & A” link, which will answer those questions and a bunch more. In the meantime, we’ve been having a discussion with one of readers who asked if we could send her some business cards so she could hand them out at a bazaar where she will be selling some items she made with our patterns. It got us to thinking two things: First, we really need to finish our Q & As. It will save us tons of time :) And, we should share a PDF of our business cards for anyone that needs them or just wants to carry some Wee Folk Art in her pocket :) 

Here is an excerpt from our Q & As that address these two questions:

All of your patterns say Copyright. What does that mean? All of our patterns and directions are original. Although the “concepts” cannot be copyrighted… hey, who would own the copyright on a doll or a coaster? BUT, the patterns, directions, PDFs, and photos ARE copyrighted. In a nutshell, nothing from our website can be copied without our permission.

We do give permission for people to copy patterns for their own use. We do give permission for people to use one or two of our photos online if there is a direct link back to us. Our photos, directions and PDFs should never be downloaded directly to your site. If you wish to use our materials in any other way, please email us for permission at weefolkart@yahoo.com.

Can we link to your website? Absolutely! As a matter of fact we LOVE being linked to. It is the “bestest” way to make new friends. You can either link to us in a blog or incorporate one of our totally sweet buttons on your site that can be found HERE. And, thank you for wanting to share our site with your friends!

Can I sell items made from projects on your website? Here’s our “official” stand on the topic. The answer is yes, but with a contingency. We ask that you give credit to Wee Folk Art as the designers and include a link to our website. Bear in mind, that WE do not sell our patterns, but offer them for free. So, in the spirit of sharing, we ask that you provide the same opportunity to others and respect our creative sensibilities! Sounds fair, right? To make it easier, Michelle made a PDF of our business cards. You can download them HERE. Just print them, cut along the guidelines, and you’re good to go. If you are selling items you made with our patterns, you now have a handy dandy little card you can include with your projects! (Or if you feel inclined to hand them out to friends, why, Thank You!) 

Hope that answers questions for lots of people BUT don’t hesitate to email us a weefolkart@yahoo.com if you have any other questions or comments.

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  1. nightshade says

    Funny you should post this now. I need to make something for my daughter’s preschool. They are having a parent’s only Holiday Happening, with the idea of trying to buy as many homemade gifts for our children as possible. I was thinking about making some flower fairies. There’s already a woman that signed up to make some kind of gnomes. I really wasn’t sure if I needed permission so I was going to email you, and looky looky, you just answered by question. I will most certainly print some of your cards, I’m your number 1 fan anyway, I’ll be passing these gems around! BTW if I haven’t said it enough, thanks so much for everything you do. I LOVE this blog and marvel at your generosity. You are my hero.

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