Copyright laws and photocopies?
Hello all...I am confused and need some clarification. First off, I want to make it understood that I firmly believe that a cross stitch artist should receive maximum profit of their work by not copying their patterns (and selling the copies) making stitchers purchase the original pattern to help keep those amazing artists creating art for all of our benefit. But, when a pattern is our of print and has been for years like the much coveted 'Care Bear' pattern that we all want...where is the copyright infringement in trading a photocopied pattern (at no cost) to fellow cross stitchers. After all, when we buy the original leaflet on Ebay or through this forum, the artist does not see any of that profit. Please keep in mind that I am referring to sharing the pattern at no cost or for a fair trade. Thanks for reading my lengthly post...I really just wanted some facts as I dont want to break any copyright 'rule'. HAPPY STITCHING