Frequently Asked Questions
Selling Dolls Made From
Another Designer's Pattern
by Gloria J. "Mimi" Winer
If you sell a doll made from a pattern without the designer's permission you are violating the law. It is a "derative work" and is expressly covered under the Copyright law. You could be sued:
On a practical basis, nobody wants to sue and take away your house for making a copy of a pattern or selling a doll made from a pattern. If you make a few copies of a pattern or sell a few dolls on a local basis without attracting much attention, you will be breaking the law, but you aren't likely to be caught. On the other hand, if you set up a factory and produce thousands of copied patterns or dolls, you are certain to get caught and certain to pay a whole lot.
Some designers, such as myself, Kezi, elanor peace bailey, Sally Lampi, and others, give you specific permission (stated right in the pattern) to make and sell dolls within some limits. Here's what I put in each of my patterns:
Most other designers simply limit you to 100 dolls or 100 dolls a year.
If you are in doubt, request permission from the designer. If the pattern is in a magazine or book, request permission from the magazine editor or the book publisher.
Most designers will give you permission if you write and tell them:
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