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rkr4cds Creative Design Studio (RKR4CDS)
suburban Chicago
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No one can 'copyright' an idea. It must be put into a tangible format or expression, whether it is a dance danced, or music played or a drawing drawn.
You can however own a © /Copyright to the original drawing of your rendition of your pattern, which means that no one else could take the pattern/line drawing of yours, once it's been put into this tangible format,  and use it as a pattern template and reproduce bears or other sewn items from it, in any size or other mediums, for any purpose, w/o your permission or licensing.

That's the short explanation of Copyrights. Here're a few other explanations:

Copyright protection does not exist for an idea, procedure, process, method of operation, concept, principle, or discovery. This is true because a copyright protects only the form of expression rather than the subject matter of the resulting creation. Furthermore, a copyright is not “granted† in the same manner as patents or trademarks. A copyright is provided to the authors of “original works of authorship,† regardless of whether the work has been published and regardless of whether the work has been formally federally registered.
http://ipwatchdog.com/category/copyright/

and in layman's terms I've always liked these sites -
http://www.templetons.com/brad/copymyths.html
http://www.templetons.com/brad/copyright.html
http://www.craftdesigns4you.com/copyrights.htm
http://ipwatchdog.com/2011/09/03/intern … /id=18966/

dangerbears Dangerbears
Wisconsin
Posts: 5,991
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Joanne wrote:

If we start to copyright elements of a teddy bear, there will be nothing left for artists to be able to grow into and experiment with.

I want dibs on bears with ears! bear_laugh

Seriously, though, I don't think it's very easy to get an aspect of a common thing legally copyrighted. Steiff had a heck of a time making "Knopf In Ohr" an exclusive trademark, and they never were able to make an actual button in a teddy bear's ear their own (they tried) - just the phrase.

So I'll put buttons in my bears' ears if I want to, and hope that it doesn't become illegal to make bears with glass eyes and embroidered noses. bear_original

Becky

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