Posts tagged ‘legal’

TED Talk: Lessons on Fashion’s Free Culture

[ted id=866] A little video for your Sunday – Johanna Blakely, managing director and director of research at USC’s Norman Lear Center, giving a TED Talk about how the fashion industry benefits from the lack of copyright protection. I thought this would be of interest to readers, though keep in mind that textile prints are [...]

A Fair Use Exercise.

I have been watching the now-settled legal battle between Emily Cier / C&T and Kate Spain like a hawk. C&T is also my publisher, Emily could just as easily have been me. And still could be. For my book, I credited the designer and manufacturer when known and gained permission to use most of the [...]

Heather Ross News

First the good news … Heather Ross‘ book, Weekend Sewing: More Than 40 Projects and Ideas for Inspired Stitching, is available through Amazon now. I got to see a proof at the fall Quilt Market and it’s a keeper. I can’t wait to get my copy. Image courtesy Heather Ross And, Heather has received the [...]

Westminster Suspending MAP Policy

Late last year Westminster/Rowan/FreeSpirit announced they would be adopting a Minimum Advertised Pricing (MAP) policy. Read more about it, and commenters’ reactions, in this previous post. The policy would have required all shops as of Feb. 1, 2009 to advertise Westminster fabrics for no less than $9.50/yard, though retailers would still be free to sell [...]

Westminster Fabrics Adopting Minimum Advertised Pricing Policy

Retail shop owners recently received a letter from Westminster Fabrics informing them of a new policy that will take effect February 1, 2009. This policy forbids shops from advertising prices for Westminster and Freespirit brand fabrics below the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP), which is 2x the wholesale price. They cannot advertise prices lower than [...]

More on Fabric and The Man

Hello Kitty. Turns out you can make things and sell them from fabric bearing licensed characters. My previous posts here and on Whipup about fabric legalities garnered lots of interesting comments. People are all over the map with their opinions. One new thing I learned: I assumed that fabric printed with licensed logos/characters were in [...]

Fabric and Intellectual Property

I’ve been wondering about copyright laws as they apply to fabric. The question of interest to probably most of us: is it legal to use fabric to create something that you turn around and sell with your own label on it? Internet research yields some enlightenment. I know some designers (e.g. Munki Munki) specify that [...]