Two different cases going on here....
In the first case, if you are just taking an idea and making your own
version of that idea, I think it's a unique product (unless you are copying
it exactly) so I think that's probably ok.
In the second case, you are depriving someone of royalities unless you buy a
pattern for each item you make and sell -- and lots of other copyright
issues. You'd DEFINITELY need the permission of the maker of the pattern to
sell the product in large quantities.
I'm not a lawyer, and not well versed in copyright laws, but this is what I
gather from the recent discussions on this subject in r.c.t.q. Hopefully
someone with more experience can fill you in on all the details.
(reply address nospammed, sorry... mama_cole -at- hotmail -dot- com)
> My computer went off line before I could add another question. The
> is, if you see something that is easy to make and take that idea and make
> yourself and then sell the product or buy a pattern and make several items
> from the pattern and then sell them, is that against the copyright law? I
> know you talked about this before but didn't think I would need the
> information so didn't pay very much attention to it.
> Thank you for your help.
> Sharon in North Calif.
> ( last one)