Simple Bead Patterns Copyright Policy
Our jewelry designs
Our jewelry designs include projects that are made using popular beading techniques (that fall under the common domain and as such are not restricted by copyright), variations of popular beading techniques, and, as far as we know, completely original works. As many artists do, we have often been inspired, whether consciously or unconsciously, by other jewelry designs we run across (sometimes years earlier). We never knowingly duplicate another artist’s jewelry design without getting their permission and/or referencing their original design. If and when we create a design that we know has been inspired by a published piece, we take great pains to create our own unique design by making changes to the process, materials and/or finished feel of the piece (meeting the two criteria the U.S. courts have used to determine whether two pieces of jewelry have “substantial similarity”).
Can I sell the jewelry I make using the tutorials and/or kits I purchase from you?
Yes! We have absolutely no problem with your selling the jewelry that you make using our tutorials and/or kits. In the past, we did ask that you give us credit for our original copyrighted designs, however, we no longer feel the personal need to require you to disclose our authorship and copyright, as we feel that it may inhibit your ability to promote and sell your handiwork. But, just as we don’t claim other people’s work as our own, we ask that you not represent our design(s) as your own (i.e. you can proudly say that you made the piece, but please don’t claim that you designed it).
There are numerous articles attempting to disseminate copyright law and how it specifically applies to jewelry design, and if you are interested, we encourage you to research it further. We found an article written and published on Etsy, a globally known and highly respected artisan marketplace, to be clearly written and informative. You can view this article by visiting https://www.etsy.com/help/article/263.
Thank you for taking the time to review our copyright policy. And again, please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions or concerns regarding our designs or copyright policy.
What should I do if I see someone violating your copyright?
If you suspect that someone is violating our copyright, whether it's online or in-person, please don't hesitate to let us know. We will contact the individual and handle the matter, without mentioning you in any way. We truly appreciate you keeping an eye out for us and having our backs. This is our livelihood and we put a look of hard work into each of our beading patterns. We appreciate you respecting our copyright, and for being a valued customer!