Originally Posted by weesewcute
This is a great site for researching what you can and cannot do. http://www.copyright.gov/
As far as Tabberone goes she has a lot of useful info on her site but some of it is just a gray area in the actual law. I have never read the actual settlement agreement that she had regarding the fabric so who knows what it really states. I get a big laugh out of her Etsy section on the maids of misinformation. So true!
Original bottlecaps do not fall into this catagory as they are not a how to they are someones art.
I see people on Etsy trying to sell license rights to their patterns that you can basically buy anywhere. A knot dress is really a knot dress. Most of these people have no idea that a lawsuit would be costly and really just not worth it. You might be able to claim some damage if Walmart sells it but not a small crafter.
Just so everyone know they are trying to pass legislation to make designers own their patterns and dresses and things. Good luck.
I've read about that law, right after I was "all" done understanding the cpsia. I said "really!!! What's next". I hope that law doesn't go though.
I know that you can use fabric, even with copyright images on them and even if the fabric says "for personal use only". There is a few court cases in the matter in which the people making the products won since they are selling a product and not the copyright image (google it and you will find it) the only thing they had to do is put a message stating they were not at all associated with hello kitty (i think it was). As far as bottle caps go, I'm not sure if you can just go and save, let's say, Winnie the pooh in you computer and reprint the image to use it in a bottle cap. Maybe if it was wrapping paper or stickers you actually bought it would be different. I have not research that subject yet.