Copyright and scrapbook paper?

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SissysArt says

I have an idead for a new item but it involves scrapbook paper. Does anyone know if you can cut designs from scrapbook paper to use in your items that you sell? I've been searching all over the internet and can't even find the company that makes this paper. I did find one discussion on another forum that says it's o.k. as long as you aren't reselling the scrapbook paper as is but rather incorporating it in your own crafts. It is in fact a craft supply and people use supplies in their crafts that they sell. Any thoughts on this?

Posted at 5:57pm Jan 21, 2010 EST

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SissysArt says

Oops! Meant idea

Posted at 5:58pm Jan 21, 2010 EST

POSDesigns says

I've never seen anything about not being able to use scrapbook paper in your stuff to sell. And I visit a lot of scrapbooking sites. I'm not saying I'm right, I'm just saying I have never seen anything. I use scrapbook paper to make cards etc. and I never thought twice about it. I guess if you are really worried about it, you could list the paper company in your description or materials list. I will be watching this to see if anyone else knows.

Posted at 6:00pm Jan 21, 2010 EST

Most companies hold a copyright on the images used in their paper patterns, so if I were you I'd check the company website for what's often called an "angel policy" in the papercrafting industry. These policies govern the sale of items that incorporate their products. Some companies in fact prohibit the sale of such items, or restrict sellers to craft fairs and other temporary events. This would preclude selling on Etsy, as it's considered a "permanent retail location" for the purposes of selling your work. Others place limits on the number of items you can sell, or require written permission.

Posted at 6:53pm Jan 21, 2010 EST

Is it a paper with a pattern, or a paper with characters on?

I've spent quite a while learning about this! If you could link the paper, I'll tell you what I know :)

Posted at 6:58pm Jan 21, 2010 EST

SissysArt says

RachelsRubberRoom says:
Most companies hold a copyright on the images used in their paper patterns, so if I were you I'd check the company website for what's often called an "angel policy" in the papercrafting industry. These policies govern the sale of items that incorporate their products. Some companies in fact prohibit the sale of such items, or restrict sellers to craft fairs and other temporary events. This would preclude selling on Etsy, as it's considered a "permanent retail location" for the purposes of selling your work. Others place limits on the number of items you can sell, or require written permission.
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I just discovered that this brand which is Recollections is actually Michael's store brand of paper (which is where I bought it) so I guess I'll try to get in touch with someone at Michaels.
I found great site for DAISY scrapbook paper and they have a whole page on TOU for their paper. It says they do give permission for people to sell at craft fairs or internet sites however they limit you to selling 200 items created from 1 design. I think that is pretty generous. I usually get bored doing the same design and only do a couple if that.

Posted at 7:01pm Jan 21, 2010 EST

For most small companies, its 50 designs, but the same theory. However if it is instantly recognizable as from there (such as featuring a character or logo) then they might not allow you too use it.

I hope they get back to you soon, I'm curious about your idea!

Posted at 7:03pm Jan 21, 2010 EST

SissysArt says

EllesDesigns,
I don't have a link but it's Michael's Recollections paper. I guess I will have to contact the company.

Posted at 7:12pm Jan 21, 2010 EST

did you ever get an answer from michaels? I wrote them asking about usage of recollections brand stamps and never got an answer.

Posted at 1:26am Aug 24, 2010 EDT

I've been trying to get an answer from Michaels for the past few months regarding their Recollections brand angel policy. They have not responded with anything remotely similar to an answer.

Posted at 2:41am Sep 3, 2010 EDT

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