Copyright conjures up the "copyright police." This lecture takes the approach that we are all living in a world where we create and borrow. The question is understanding the boundaries, the social norms, infringement, and fair use. Can you create a Star Wars quilt for charity? Can you borrow ideas you see at Quilt Conn? What are you legally allowed to do with a pattern? What is a take-down notice? Can you sell quilts on Etsy without permission from the fabric designer or pattern maker? So many questions in our world. This lecture is about sorting through them, based on two years of interviews, discussions, and thinking deeply about copyright in the quilting world.
But this is not just a lecture. It's a collaborate space of making a copyright quilt. We'll explore copyright through creating works. We will learn what copyright is by quilting. The course will go through all kinds of elements of quilting and copyright through hands-on choices and thinking through of what it means to be creative and what role the law plays in that creativity.