Copyright & Licensing
Just a little note on copyright and licensing - as we are asked about this all the time... and so we have taken advice and taken the time to explain this in detail, as we are sure you can appreciate that our unique designs are our life blood.
THE LEGAL BIT
All of our designs and site content are strictly copyrighted under international IP Law. Jacqui as the designer retails full copyright of all items, and extends her moral rights as the author / owner of the works.
She owns and retains all rights in the copyrighted works including (but not limited to) all kits, artwork, charts, alphabets (the “Protected Works”), first published over a period of time since 2004 to the present date in the UK. Jacqui Pearce, Crafteratti and Crafty Mrs P are our trademarks.. We are also members of ACID - Anti Copying In Design, who are leaders in design protection.
It has come to our attention that over time people can breach our Protected Works by copying our copyrighted charts, or elements of them for commercial gain. We always gather evidence to review and protect this to the full extent of the law. Should you wish to use any element of our works, we ask for permission in writing. We are under no obligation to grant said permission. Our rights are protected under Section 16 of the Copyright, Designs & Patents Act, 1988 (c.48) and you could be liable for damages, account of profits. We reserve the right to exercise any other rights & remedies as provide under the Copyright, Designs & Patents Act, 1988.
WHAT DOES THIS MEAN?
When selling a kit, pattern or chart, under IP Law the items are licensed for personal one time use. The stitching is for your personal pleasure!.. if you want to stitch up 2 or 3 or more of the same pattern - that is absolutely fine! BUT....
It is illegal to photocopy OR distribute OR profitably gain from any designs or patterns, even if you adjust or use just an element of them. This even includes printed works in magazines / books, and is standard legal practise. It also includes all content on the site, pdfs, photography and how tos. (Please see our terms and conditions).
Our copyright is strictly managed, and photocopying and scanning of designs is against IP law. Sadly people have in the past copied our designs and sold them on disks on Ebay or via email on Facebook. We cannot manage the quality or authenticity of these items, and they are breaches of IP law.
- Can I use your charts to stitch up and resell?
No - as this is a breach of copyright, even if the pattern is amended or adjusted slightly - it is still Jacqui's work. She does extend licenses to third parties to produce her work in selected forms - but these are under contract.
Give the stitched up items as a gift by all means! But if money changes hands then that is the 'breach'.
Jacqui is frequently asked if she will consider offering licenses to 'crafty people' to make up and sell on a small scale - but at the moment this is not something that we offer as a license, as we cannot control the quality of the work.
She does extend licenses to third parties to produce her work in selected forms - eg Cross Stitcher - are licensed to produce selected patterns one time only, and like all printed materials these cannot be photocopied / scanned / shared or used commercially without a further license.
She also creates patterns for other companies to distribute as patterns or kits in selected territories. Jacqui also creates exclusive designs for selected retailers.
We would love to hear from you if you are interested in any distribution or pattern licenses or commissions. Or if you would like to review any type of license for stitching, just email us
Jacqui has completed design commissions for numerous folk - including Dame Jacqueline Wilson, Liberty and the Royal Wedding.
If you are interested in commissioning any works - please let us know.
- Personalised / Bespoke Work
Her personalised patterns are very successful - and whilst Jacqui adapts the pattern to include personalised details - the whole work remains the copyright of Jacqui and under the same terms and conditions.