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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.  

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 and other publications.  The latest work by Dr. Townsend Gard is a academic article on Copyright and Quilting.  Take a look at the draft, if you like.

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.


Want to learn the basics?  This is your book! These are just the things you need to know as a quilter!  Take an evening and learn copyright.  What is a non-protectable item?  When do you get copyright?  What do you get?  How long does it last?  What if someone "steals" your work?  A quick guide to all of those things.

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