We are officially encouraging yarn shops to let customers print their own patterns on shop premises! We have heard that some customers are not familiar enough with the internet, or are too eager to get started, to have to wait till they get home to print out a Knitty pattern, and a yarn sale might be lost. Since one of our goals at Knitty is to support the Local Yarn Shop, a lost sale for an LYS is something we want to help avoid.
So whether you allow a customer access to your own computer/printer or provide a workstation for customer use, both methods are officially approved by Knitty, effective immediately. Charging in any way for this service, however, is not permitted. We feel this is a fair compromise that works to benefit everyone in the knitting community.
Q. I own a yarn shop and would love
to offer Knitty patterns to my customers. What can I do?
A. Every Knitty reader is permitted
to print a single copy of any Knitty pattern for their own personal use.
LYS owners are now permitted to provide your customers with the ability to print their own copies of Knitty patterns in your shop, provided you do not charge for this privilege.
Why can't LYS owners charge for this privilege? Because that's exchanging money for a Knitty pattern, even if it's just to cover the paper and ink. That's still not okay and never will be. LYSs can set their own rules -- like a free printout if you buy the yarn to go with the project. That's totally up to them. We don't want people taking advantage and printing out pages and pages, and then just saying "toodeloo!" (But knitters are better people than that, aren't they?) If they want to keep track of a Knitty pattern to browse at home, suggest they add it to their favorites on Ravelry, perhaps?
Under no circumstances is it okay for
you to offer your customers a pre-printed copy of any Knitty pattern or
article, including placing a printout of a Knitty
pattern in a kit. Even though your intentions are innocent,
this would be a violation of copyright and
will hurt our designers. I know you don't want to do that.
So here is what we suggest:
1. Print out ONE
copy of any pattern you wish to feature
in your store.
2. Put it in a binder or plastic sleeve and
make it available for viewing by your customers.
Your customer needs to print their own copy of the Knitty pattern
directly from this website. If they do this at home, you can write out the page URL for them to take home. Here's a handy 8 1/2 x 11" flyer that will give you a dedicated spot to write out Knitty pattern URLs for customers.
If you have a workstation for them to print their own copy in your shop, they may now do so.
4. Feel good, knowing you've helped designers
continue to offer their patterns free to readers on Knitty.
Do you want to teach a course based
on a Knitty pattern or article?
Please write directly to the designer/author
with your request. You'll find each designer or author's e-mail
address at the bottom of their page.
Do you want to sell kits of a Knitty
In order for you to use the picture(s)
that accompany each pattern, whether in print or on your website,
you must obtain the designer's permission. You'll find each designer
or author's e-mail address at the bottom of their pattern page
so that you can contact them. If permission is granted by the
designer, please add "photo(s) used with the permission
of Designer Name".
You may not print a copy of the Knitty pattern
and include it with your kit. Instead, simply include the Knitty
pattern's URL (see note 3 above) so that the purchaser can download
a copy for themselves, and abide by copyright law.
We have been informed that some yarn shops
are actually selling Knitty patterns. This is clearly a violation
of copyright and should we learn of such violations, we will
inform the designer so that they may exercise their legal rights.
Knitty is a popular resource for your customers
and is helping to build interest
in knitting worldwide. This, in turn, helps build your business.
By protecting the hard work of the designers
and authors who contribute to Knitty, you are also helping to
ensure that Knitty can continue for a long time to come. It's
good for us all.
We thank you for your help and your respect
of copyright law.