They are in a magazine I bought so they are mine to do with as I please!"
Do you feel a soapbox coming?
You'd be right :-)
So, it was brought to my attention again yesterday by a very nice lady who, once I explained the situation to her, understood completely that though a designer publishes and sells their designs they are not giving you the right to sell what you make. (And she did not say my opening line)
The designs are published and sold so that you can make the jewelry for yourself or to give as a gift. Not so you can build a business/make a living on someone else's work.
Are there designers who allow you to sell what you make.....yes, and that is their choice. There are designers, and I'm one of them, who will give you, for a small fee, a licence to sell one of their designs and they typically advertise them as "commercial" patterns.
Why do some want payment? Because they are trying to make a living.
Just because a designer has work published it does not mean that designer is making the big bucks....I have had two patterns published one netted me $180 and the other $210 and for that I also had to give up the rights for an entire year! Could I have made more selling the pattern myself? YES
So why publish? Advertising, getting one's name out there and to contribute to the beading world.
Think of it like this...
You have a great cookie recipe, you send it to the local paper and they print it. Someone takes your recipe and opens a store selling cookies made from your recipe. How would you feel? Is it fair? Grounds for a lawsuit?
Someone buys one of your patterns. They then make copies for all of their friends. We all know about 'bootleg' music and videos...this is the same thing but it's probably a struggling designer who needs those sales to put food on their table.
You design jewelry and you publish your patterns, you have a store where you sell your jewelry. Someone opens a store next door and they are selling your designs for less than you do, they even credit you with the design. Where will most people shop? Where they can get it cheaper.
Let's roleplay :-)
Beader: Can I sell your designs?
Designer: No, I don't allow that, why don't you do your own designs to sell?
Beader: Oh, I can't design
Designer: Oh, so you think designing is a skill?
Designer: So, do you think design is a marketable skill?
Beader: Well, yes, I guess it is
Designer: Do you think people should be able to earn a living from their skills?
Beader: I guess so, I'd want to
Designer: How about I sell you a licence to make and sell one of my designs?
Support independent designers don't rip them off!