Stolen Blog Post? Keep Calm & Take Action

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Your eyes begin to scan the webpage. You recognize a few words and then a sentence and then full paragraphs begin to snap into focus. A rock forms in your stomach and your chest tightens. You know it immediately – someone stole your blog post. It’s easy to feel helpless when you’re online. It’s a […]

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Blogger Basics: Getting Copyright

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The internet is a big, big place full of content, products, photos, and more. Because we’re so used to pulling content and images from the internet for personal use, when we start blogging it may feel like we can do the same thing. If you’re new to blogging, you may not realize that there are […]

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Blog Etiquette: Playing Nice Online

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So you’ve just started your first craft blog and you’re eager to get content out on the internet and share all the cool things you’ve found yourself. Great! That’s the perfect way to start. Sharing the things that inspire you and your creativity is one thing that will keep readers coming back to your blog, […]

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Your Copyright Questions Answered

I continue to get questions about copyright infringement issues or just questions about copyrights and crafting in general. So let me answer the most frequent questions to clear up confusion.   We received many letters about our Creative Income newsletter discussion on originality and copyright laws. Here are some questions that come in: How much and what types […]

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Selling Licensed or Trademarked Work

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They sell licensed fabric with college logos, popular characters, and many more licensed designs, but I heard that a fellow crafter got a cease and desist order the other day? What’s the story? Get an overview of what all this means from Maria Nerius. When walking craft shows, I cringe a little when I see a […]

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Can I Sell a Project I Make Using Someone Else’s Pattern?

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You’ve fallen in love with a pattern and everyone’s telling you that you “should make those and sell them — you’d make a lot of money.” But there’s some question in your mind about that — the pattern says “for personal use only” or maybe “for pocket money”. Maria explains what these terms mean. You see a […]

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Be an Original: Copyright and Original Designs

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The tough questions: What’s an original design? How do I know if I’ve violated copyright laws or infringed on someone’s copyright? How do I make sure what I’ve created is original? One of the most important elements of earning income from our creativity is that we must only sell what is original. We can’t copy, […]

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Copyright Awareness For The Photo Artist and Scrapbooker

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Learn the basics of photo copyrights to be sure that all your scrapbooking and photo projects are made with the proper legal permissions. Copyright Awareness For The Photo Artist & Scrapbooker At some point, you will need to copy some of your photographs for preservation purposes. These are usually older photos that no longer have […]

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Copyright or Trademark? Patent or Servicemark?

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This question was sent to me by a Creative Income reader: “Is it copyright infringement if I use a product [brand name/product name] in my business name. For example, “Rubber Duckie Bath Time?” Also, I would like to put a rubber duckie in each product shipped.” The legal side of any business is serious. Don’t go in without doing […]

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