Matrices (matrices) wrote in artists_beware,

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Craft Patterns: What should I include in a terms of use agreement to protect myself?

Hello! I love reading all the advice that this community has to offer, and I have a unique product that I have made and will (very soon) produce for sale. Hopefully I am not out of line by making a post like this here, I want to make sure that as the artist I am covered with a reasonable "terms of use" type of agreement.

I have created a fursuit head pattern to allow someone to create the base of a fursuit head from foam that they can finish up however they wish. I plan to package with the pattern a detailed written and illustrated set of assembly instructions, and I also intend to include a printed terms of use with every one I sell... and thats what I am here asking advice on. The terms of use.

I want to retain intellectual copyright on something that can potentially be reproduced over and over and over, and want to allow personal use only (the product used by an individual, or given as a gift), and prevent/disallow commercial use (people using my product to sell/make money off of), also prevent/disallow/limit reproduction and distribution of the pattern itself. If they DO want to make it commercially, I am willing to come to a license agreement, where I would make $X amount of money per item produced, for example.

Obviously I am not copyrighting anything except my pattern, and I want to protect myself. It is a pattern just like any sewing pattern or model kit. Now I'm not interested in hiring lawyers or whatev, I know thats the usual advice in some of these cases. I just need to figure some simple non-scary wording to cover my butt in the case of an individual or company decides, "wow this is cool, I'll use this pattern to make a hundred and sell them!" and then pull the "She sold it to me! No limitations implied" card.

I just pretty much need examples on what I should cover and perhaps how to say it.

In a seperate case, my friend malytwotails and I are making an Anthro Plush pattern for Free personal use as well. How should we word a similar agreement to give permission to create the plush but only for themselves or to give as a gift, and not for commercial use.. despite it being a free pattern?

Part of an example she showed me (copy & pasted from elsewhere online):
"Free Personal Use: This pattern has been made for your personal use. You may download or print a copy, keep it on your computer or in a notebook, and create as many copies or variations on that project as you like, providing the use is personal. Personal use includes creating a project to give to someone as a gift but does not go so far as to cover selling the finished project"

I'd love some input on that as well! Thank you everyone for your time.
Tags: advice for artists, contracts, copyright, discussion, fursuit

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