FAQ for LYS Owners
FAQ for LYS Owners
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. However, if your shop has a fee per page for printouts, that is not considered paying for the pattern; it's covering your costs. Please ensure that the customer understands they're not paying for this pattern in any way.
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 "toodleloo!" (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?
Here is what we suggest:
Do you want to teach a course based on a Knitty pattern or article?
Do you want to sell kits of a Knitty pattern?
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 continues to help 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.