Monday, March 5, 2012
I received this fabric in a package of fabric from a reputable fabric seller. As I was getting ready to cut into it I saw the writing in the selvage. "License is required for any use beyond individual consumption."
This is a fat quarter. There is no other information available to me. I have no idea of manufacturer, designer or anything. There is no way to figure out how to even ask for a license should I want to use it for a project to sell.
This is very disconcerting. I am used to seeing the rights reserved or copyright logo on things. I've always assumed that was for the design and that rightfully so, you could not reproduce the fabric or the design. I have no problem with that. But I am concerned about a manufacturer requiring a license to use their fabric when the odds are very good that you could get the fabric in a standard cut, such as a fat quarter, without the warning or as I did without any other identifying features. Is this standard on fabrics these days?
Does anyone know what this fabric is? Who made it? Who designed it? I am not going to use the fabric for anything for fear that the scraps might end up in a project for sale.
What do the rest of you think?
UPDATE: I wrote this in the comments but I think it is worth repeating here.
I respect the intellectual property of the designers. They deserve credit for their work. My concern isn't about the need to obtain a license to use the fabric, it is about the difficulty in doing so, particularly as it is clearly possible to obtain the material in a legal manner that does not have the necessary information.