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A little Bit of Copyright Just For Fun

Just Wanna Quilt is in part a study in copyright.  What role our laws play in that creation.  

Elizabeth Townsend Gard

When I started this project, I believed that I would have to think about copyright -- just a few parts of the law - like fair use, public domain, owner's rights.  But it turns out that all of copyright law is implicated in the world of quilting, as is patents, trademarks, property rights, right of publicity, trade secrets, and even tax, estate, and zoning!  Quilting is everything.  It suddenly became a much bigger project and a bit overwhelming.  My law students and I have been writing.  I've been researching.  We've been diving in.  We've been trying to be creative.  But then, in working on a related project, I realized, let's just start from the beginning.  Let's do a Walkthrough of Copyright.

Over the years, we've written articles for Quiltmaker magazine, American Quilt Retailer mazagine, Shop Hop and other publications.  We've presented at International Quilt Festival, International Quilt Market, QuiltCon, SOS for Jaftex, and other venues. 

Just Wanna Create: Copyright and Fair Use Strategies on the Podcast

The podcast always has a little bit of copyright, along with other legal things, especially towards the end of the interviews.  We also have special legal guests -- law professors and lawyers that come to talk about special topics.

In 2023, Dr. Elizabeth Townsend Gard will be reading Just Wanna Create: Copyright and Fair Use as a bonus episode each week.  You can also purchase the book, if you like.  

Part I: Introduction

1:  How to Use this Book

2:  Why We Create

Finally, come join our Just Wanna Quilt Facebook group to learn more and ask questions.  Always legal information; we are not your lawyers.  Of course. 

One Copyright Thing

In 2019, Ricardo Gonzalez did a series of videos teaching 1 thing about copyright in 1 minute.  (Rachel Arrison directing)

Want to learn more?

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In this 350+ page book, you learn about copyright for quilters and crafters, including all about non-protectable items, how to register your work, and the big category, fair use.

Made with you in mind, Just Wanna Create takes you through copyright and gets you ready to feel confident in the role of the law in the creative process.

Illustrated with images and quilts created by the Quilting Army.

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