I run away from those discussions, I acknowledge those who serve as inspiration and ask for permission to use a technique...(bad experience with this one)...long story, not worth the trouble.
However, things might be different than everyone thinks.
The facts are:
- Copying a pattern, and selling it as is, is illegal.
- Copying patterns to include as free with yarn purchase, is illegal.
- Techniques (such as stitch patterns), caston methods, are not under copyright protection. EVEN if it was an original idea.
- A garment made based on a finished garment, or a picture, is not illegal. You had to do the math.
- Using someone's idea without acknowledgement is RUDE.
ETA: This is important enough to pull out of the commnents. Fleegle wrote:
"And you forgot the most important point. Forbidding someone from selling something made from your pattern is not legal. If you purchase a pattern, you have every right to sell the finished product, regardless of the bafflegab on the pattern itself."
Thank you! for valuable input.