I posted this to my Rav group 6 months ago, and just realised I haven’t posted it here yet. I don’t know what I was thinking.
I thought it would be useful to do a general FAQ-type post about cottage licences here.
I have received numerous requests from knitters asking about my cottage licence terms and costs, but have never had a reasonable reply to give. It was my intention to arrange licences at the start, but after almost a year of considered internal debate about the numerous pros and cons of such arrangements I have decided to offer all my charts licence-free.
I have a number of reasons for this, so if you’re interested do PM me or post a question here, but I’m already running the risk of this post becoming a teal dear, so I won’t bore you all with my inner ramblings.
How will this work?
Well, you can purchase my designs, or use the free ones, and put them on your garments for sale, to donate, or whatever you like. Simple.
As a courtesy it would be appreciated for sellers to have a brief line in their sale listing (or swing tag, if not sold online) describing the embelishment as being a Watermellish design or including a link to the website.
Are there any restrictions?
My designs are my own work. Please do not sell copies of my designs or pass off my work as your own.
What about the restriction written on the charts?
All charts in future will say:
Watermellish charts are offered licence-free. This means you are free to sell items made with Watermellish embellishments on them. As a courtesy it would be appreciated for you to credit Watermellish with the design in your sale listing. Please do not sell the charts or claim the designs to be your own. Please support independent designers by respecting their work and their rights.
And this will also apply to charts already sold/downloaded.
Why the post?
I am hoping to get through the numerous PM and emails I have accumulated asking me about cottage licences, so I will point folks to this and hope that others who are interested will find this information useful also.
Well, I hope that has answered some questions.
I really need to get around to changing all the wording on my charts…