Does anyone know the legal aspects of selling items that were made from plans, slightly altered (woodsmith magazine)? thanks in advance
thank you all for your inputs. fyi... i had contacted woodsmith and they responded today saying that, we can do what we wish with the products. however, there has to be total separation from woodsmith, any words or names from the plans, pics, etc.. e.g. no "woodsmith cutting board", just the actual product.
I thought this was very generous of them.
+1 always keep your Purchased plans safeUnless you were a large business or woodworking celebrity,selling a ton under your company or personal name, I don't think there is much to worry about.
Of course, the legal eagles will be quick to spell out the copyright and intellectual property laws. With good cause I suppose.
To me, I don't see it as much different than following directions to bake a cake. But with some plans, more effort may went to protecting the design.
Especially if it is something unique .
Basically, the plan itself is copyrighted. If you were to make copies of the plan and resell them, that would be blatant copyright infringement. The business interest side of things for them are the plans themselves. Not a finished product made from those plans.
I don't see a big risk with making something from a design and selling it as your own handiwork. Especially if some changes were made. But I'm not a lawyer.
You have a right to be compensated for the time and materials.
Also. if you were a reknown furniture maker, than you would risk not only being sued, but labeled as a fraud if you made something from a plan and advertised it as your own design.
Most home hobbiest are flying way below the radar IMO to have much to worry about in this matter.
Common sense still matters. Don't misrepresent something if it can come back to bite you later. Especially if its a totally unique design or patent.
Your client could also come back at you.If they were led to believe they were getting a unique design from you.
Only to find out later that the piece was built based on a design by someone else.
I would disagree. Lats say you sell something and only make $15-$20 profit because it's a small item. You sell 50 a year. You figure out that you can profit $10 each selling the plans on line and sell 1000 a year for doing no work what so ever. Sounds like a good plan to me.I think your biggest problem making products from plans is someone figured out they couldn't make it selling the products so they are trying to sell the plans. I wouldn't be concerned with copyright issues.
You are correct. The magazine was Wood.I saw a note about this from one of the magazines, but I don't recall which. Their commentary was that if you're making them for yourself or your family, it's fine. I think they said selling things was OK if it was a project that they created (you'd basically bought the plans and rights to use them when you bought the magazine), but that if it was a reader-submitted plan you couldn't sell them. I don't recall the details, though... I'd say ctwiggs1 is correct. Just email or call and ask the magazine directly.