Copyright and Licensing

Just a little note on copyright and licensing - as we are asked about this all the time... and so we have taken advice and taken the time to explain this in detail, as we are sure you can appreciate that our unique designs and poems are our life blood.

THE LEGAL BIT

All of our designs and site content are strictly copyrighted under international IP Law.  Jacqui as the designer retails full copyright of all items, and extends her moral rights as the author / owner of the works.

She owns and retains all rights in the copyrighted works including (but not limited to) all poems, kits, artwork, charts, alphabets  (the “Protected Works”), first published over a period of time since 2004 to the present date in the UK.  Jacqui Pearce and Crafty Mrs P are our trademarks and the brand Pearl and Earl is a registered Trademark under UK registration number UK00003022940.  We are also members of ACID - Anti Copying In Design, who are leaders in design protection.

It has come to our attention that over time people can breach our Protected Works by copying our copyrighted works, or elements of them for commercial gain.  We always gather evidence to review and protect this to the full extent of the law.  Should you wish to use any element of our works, we ask for permission in writing.  We are under no obligation to grant said permission.  Our rights are protected under Section 16 of the Copyright, Designs & Patents Act, 1988 (c.48) and you could be liable for damages, account of profits. We reserve the right to exercise any other rights & remedies as provide under the Copyright, Designs & Patents Act, 1988.

WHAT DOES THIS MEAN?

When selling a poem, kit, pattern or chart, under IP Law the items are licensed for personal one time use.  The stitching is for your personal pleasure!.. if you want to stitch up 2 or 3 or more of the same pattern - that is absolutely fine!  BUT....

It is illegal to photocopy OR distribute OR profitably gain from any designs or patterns, even if you adjust or use just an element of them.  This even includes printed works in magazines / books, and is standard legal practise.  It also includes all content on the site, pdfs, photography and how tos.  (Please see our terms and conditions).

Our copyright is strictly managed, and photocopying and scanning of designs is against IP law.  Sadly people have in the past copied our designs and sold them on disks on Ebay or via email on Facebook. We cannot manage the quality or authenticity of these items, and they are breaches of IP law.

It is for this reason that we have stopped selling charts of all our kits.  

FAQS

  • Can I use your charts to stitch up and resell?

No - as this is a breach of copyright, even if the pattern is amended or adjusted slightly - it is still Jacqui's work.  She does extend licenses to third parties to produce her work in selected forms -  but these are under contract. 

  • Can I type up and print your poem or artworks myself?

No - as this is a breach of copyright, even if the design is amended or adjusted slightly - it is still Jacqui's work.  She does extend licenses to third parties to produce her work in selected forms -  but these are under contract. 

  • Licensing

Jacqui is frequently asked if she will consider offering licenses to make up and sell on a small scale - but at the moment this is not something that we offer as a license, as we cannot control the quality of the work.

She does extend licenses to third parties to produce her work in selected forms - eg Cross Stitcher - are licensed to produce selected patterns one time only, and like all printed materials these cannot be photocopied / scanned / shared or used commercially without a further license.

She also creates patterns for other companies to distribute as patterns or kits in selected territories.  Jacqui also creates exclusive designs for selected retailers.

We would love to hear from you if you are interested in any distribution or pattern licenses or commissions.

  • Commissions

Jacqui has completed design commissions for numerous folk - including Dame Jacqueline Wilson, Liberty and the Royal Wedding.

 All of these items are under different licenses - and if you are interested in commissioning any works - please let us know.

  • Personalised / Bespoke Work

Her personalised products are very successful - and whilst Jacqui adapts the pattern to include personalised details - the whole work remains the copyright of Jacqui and under the same terms and conditions.

If you are interested in any licensing matters please contact the team.  Please refer to our terms and conditions for further detail, and if you have any questions, please feel free to contact us.