All of the patterns on this web site are owned by Karen McEwan and Meridian Designs for Cross Stitch. Patterns featured in magazines are also the property of Karen McEwan and Meridian Designs for Cross Stitch, and may not be reproduced or copied.
Patterns found on the web should be assumed "illegal" if they contain a graph with a copyright date. Pinning charts on Pinterest is not lawful and violates Pinterest's terms of service. Please respect my work and support me by buying my charts legally.
Educating the public is paramount to putting an end to the illegal practice of "sharing" charts on the internet. Please help the industry by helping designers protect what is legally theirs. Notify the copyright holder when you see charts illegally uploaded to the internet or being "shared" in web based groups. "Sharing" a purchase with others has both a short and long term negative effect on the industry. Please be a part of the solution.
Q: What does the copyright symbol and date mean on a needlework pattern?
A: Date: The year that the design was completed or published.
Copyright: A copyright is a legal device that gives the creator of a literary, artistic, musical, or other creative work the sole right to publish and sell that work. Copyright owners have the right to control the reproduction of their work, including the right to receive payment for that reproduction. An author may grant or sell those rights to others, including publishers or recording companies.
Violation of a copyright is called infringement.
Q: Is it against the law to scan and upload needlework patterns to the internet?
A: Yes. This violates the designers copyright, U.S. laws and international copyright laws.
Q: Can I sell, give away or trade the original pattern I purchased?
Q: Can I make a copy of my friend's chart so that I can stitch the design myself?
A: No. Wait for her to give you the original chart. Making copies even from a friend's chart is illegal and violates copyright laws.
Q: Is it ok for me to stitch a pattern from an internet photo if I can "see" the stitches, without paying for a copy of the chart?