cottage industry // on getting it wrong and making it right
For a long time I've labeled my patterns as "for personal use only." What this means is that items made from the patterns shouldn't be sold. I think I thought I was protecting myself from something, especially big companies using my designs.
There are a whole lot of copyright issues at play, and I don't understand so much of it. A few months ago I started learning about what a pattern designer can and can't legally "protect", and because so much of what I do involves artwork (that's what my embroidery patterns and printables primarily are!), that has a different set of legal "rules".
Because I knew that people wanted to make items with my patterns, I started offering commercial licenses at an up-charge. And then something happened. I became convicted that I was wrong to do this. Wrong to hold on to my designs so closely!
So, I'm now labeling my patterns "for personal and cottage industry use."
What that means is that if you, as an individual, buy the pattern (or download a free pattern from my blog), you can make and sell items using the design. No questions asked.
If you previously bought a commercial license, you'll be hearing from me about a refund. I want to make my mistake right.
Also, I want to note that all of my old patterns and product listings still say "personal use only", but only because changing them over is a process, and it'll take some time. Even though they are labeled the old way, all embroidery and sewing patterns are also for cottage industry use. (Due to the nature of the products, printables should not be printed and sold, unless given explicit permission.)
This has been in the works for a while, and I'm so glad that Abby posted recently about this idea, prompting me to move forward with this announcement. I'm sorry for the silly limits I placed, and look forward to seeing more Wild Olive out in the world!
If you have any questions, please let me know. And if you have been selling, or plan to sell items from my designs, share a link to your shop so people can find you!
By Mollie Johanson at Monday, March 31, 2014