(Frequently Asked Questions)
I often get inquiries from
quilters about using materials from my books and website. Here
are some typical questions and the replies I generally give.
Q: My friends (quilt
guild, adult ed center, etc.) would like me to show them how
to do Stack-n-Whack®. Can I photocopy a few pages from the
book to use as handouts?
A: The short answer is "no." As a rule, any photocopying
other than for personal use by the owner of the book violates
copyright laws. There are a few very specific exceptions; for
example, "fair use" provisions for libraries. If you've
been asked to teach a method from one of my books, I suggest
demonstrating and/or helping your group through the project without
handouts, letting them take their own notes if they'd like. I
also hope you'll encourage students to get their own copies of
the book so that they'll have a complete reference with nice
It's especially important
for teachers to set an example where copyright issues are concerned.
When students get photocopied pages from a teacher, the message
they're likely to get is that it's alright to bend the copyright
Q: My guild would like
to make a raffle quilt from one of your patterns. Is that OK?
A: Sure! I am happy to let people use my patterns and books to
make charity quilts, or to make a limited number of items to
sell. If you plan to open a factory and make 5,000 a month, you'd
better call me!
Legally, a pattern designer
or book author can limit the use of her designs for non-commercial
as well as commercial use. Not all designers feel the same way
about the end use of their patterns, so it's wise to check if
you're not sure.
Q: Can I enter my Stack-n-Whack®
quilt in a regional or national show?
A: Absolutely- I hope you will! I do appreciate a credit in your
quilt description, but that's up to you. If the entry form asks
for the pattern source, be forthright about the source and any
changes you made. Show organizers are increasingly alert to copyright
issues. This is another area in which designers have differing
opinions. Some quilt artists feel very strongly about having
their designs and styles imitated.
Q: I've made up my own
design using your methods. Can I teach it at a local shop?
A: Yes - with a catch. Stack-n-Whack® is a registered
trademark for products and services. If a class is taught from
one of my books or patterns, it can be advertised as a Stack-n-Whack®
class. If you're teaching your own variation, it's o.k. to demonstrate
my methods and refer students to my books, but to abide by the
trademark laws, the class should not be advertised as a "Stack-n-Whack"
class, or any variation (e.g. "wack & stack") that
could be confusing to the public.
Q: Can I print out website
pages for friends?
A: Like all creative works, website pages are automatically protected
by copyright laws, whether a copyright notice appears on them
or not. Copyright on the internet is a complicated issue, and
I can only answer this one for my own site. Site visitors can
print out pages for personal use. In general I prefer that you
give friends my website address, so that they can explore the
site themselves. But I don't object to visitors printing out
a limited number of pages for friends who don't have internet
Q: I teach quilting
and I'd like to print out one of your reference pages for my
A: Teachers have my permission to print out the reference pages
"as is" as long as the site address appears on the
printed copy. The material on the reference pages should not
be altered or incorporated into any other work.
Q: Can I link to your
A: By all means! You can place links from your own site to mine
without asking me first, although I'd appreciate it if you let
me know you've made the link.
Thank you for your concerns
about copyright and trademark laws. If you have a question that
isn't covered here, please feel free to contact me using the
link at the bottom of the page.
More information? Author/Teacher
Sylvia Landman has a detailed article on copyright facts for quilters
and crafters at
her website, Sylvia's Studio.