There alot of confusion out in internet-land about copyrights and fair use among jewelry designers and beadmakers. So I'm providing links to articles I like to refer to when I start to feel confused.
Bead and Button's downloadable article on copyrights
A nice concise read on what copyright is and how it applies to jewelry making.
Margot's Manifesto on Copyrights
The honest opinion of a jewelry designer who earns her living from her work.
Crafts For You Please Stop
Bead patterns, jewelry tutorials, craft patterns should not be copied and shared with all your friends.
If you're kind of a geek/nerd like me and enjoy reading the bookish versions there's Copyrights and Fair Use on the Chilling Effects Clearinghouse.
Don't let copyrights and fair use stifle your creativity, use it to spur you on to more adventures! On my Lampwork Diva Blog, I tell my own creative story and how it spurs me on!
Let us know how you feel - leave us a comment!