Aurora, IL asked in Copyright and Patents (Intellectual Property) for Illinois

Q: Can I sell items on Etsy made from patterns I found on Pinterest? What is law on licensed fabrics?

I have found a lot of conflicting info. Some saying that you can't copyright a pattern, and that final product is "your" work so you can sell.

Others saying that no you can't. Very confused!!

2 Lawyer Answers
Marcos Garciaacosta
Marcos Garciaacosta
  • Intellectual Property Lawyer
  • Mesa, AZ

A: it requires an analysis of the pattern, and see if it is owned or copyrighted by somebody.

Think of the Louis Vuitton pattern.

In general just because you see it somewhere it does not mean it is free

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Peter D. Mlynek
Peter D. Mlynek
  • Intellectual Property Lawyer
  • Moorestown, NJ

A: Yes, a fabric pattern can be copyrighted. Absolutely.

Can you make something very similar and not be in violation of copyright law? Yes, you should be able to. You really need to consult with an attorney on this.

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