Crochetville fully respects and follows all applicable copyright and trademark law. We will not publish links to patterns that we believe are infringing upon the intellectual rights of another party.
To make this site most useful for crocheters, we have chosen to include pattern thumbnails and short descriptions. Based on existing legal precedent, we believe that our inclusion of this material in our directory falls under fair use. Scroll to the bottom of this page for more information about fair use and links to applicable case law.
Designers and publishers retain full copyright to all photos and pattern descriptions found in our directory.
We believe our Free Pattern Directory benefits both crocheters and designers/publishers. Crocheters benefit by being able to search and browse through the listings, looking at photos to determine which patterns are really of interest to them. They will not be frustrated by arriving at a designer’s site only to find a pattern is not what they expected. Designers and publishers benefit by receiving site traffic from customers who are truly interested in their products, which will hopefully result in a longer stay on their websites as customers browse for more patterns that may be of interest.
While we believe fair use allows us to include photos and pattern descriptions in our directory, we want to respect and follow the wishes of each individual designer/publisher. Despite the benefits listed above, if you would prefer your patterns not be listed in our directory, we are very happy to remove any listings for your patterns upon your request. Please scroll down for information on how to submit your request to us via a DMCA Takedown Notice.
Any content, trademark(s), or other material that may be found or posted on the Crochetville website that is not Crochetville’s property remains the intellectual property of its respective owner(s). In no way does Crochetville claim ownership or responsibility for such items, and you should seek legal consent for any use of such materials from its owner.
Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) Designated Agent
In accordance with the Digital Millennium Copyright Act, Crochetville has a designated Copyright Agent to receive notifications of claimed infringement:
Copyright Agent: Amy Shelton
By email: Click here
By the Contact Us form: Click here
By snail mail:
ATTN: Amy Shelton, Copyright Agent
103 Scarlet Oak Circle
Harvest, AL 35749
Reporting Issues of Copyright Infringement: Notice of Infringement (Takedown Notice)
Crochetville respects the copyright, trademark, and intellectual property rights of others. If you believe that your work has been copied in a way that constitutes copyright infringement, or any of your intellectual property rights have been otherwise violated, please submit a Notice of Infringement containing all of the following information to Crochetville’s Copyright Agent through any of the contact methods listed above:
- Identify the work that you claim has been infringed
- Provide a link to the material’s location on Crochetville
- Your name, address, telephone number, and email address
- A statement that you have a good-faith believe that the disputed use is not authorized by law
- A statement, made under penalty of perjury, that the information you are submitting is accurate and that you are the owner of the copyrighted material or are authorized to act on behalf of the copyright owner
- Your digital or physical signature
Upon receipt of this information, we will do our best to remove the material as quickly as possible.
You acknowledge that your DMCA Notice of Infringement may not be valid if you fail to comply with all of the requirements listed above.
Fair Use Statement and Links to Applicable Case Law
We believe our use of pattern thumbnails and short descriptions qualifies as fair use since 1) we are transforming the use of the images to facilitate identification and location of the patterns listed in our search engine; 2) we are displaying only thumbnail size images of the pattern and a brief description and not the actual pattern itself; and 3) the directory will not have an adverse effect on the copyright holders because it will drive traffic to the copyright owner’s site and the size of the thumbnails makes using them to create a crocheted item instead of the pattern or photos on the copyright owner’s website an unattractive option.
Perfect 10, Inc. v. Amazon.com, Inc. (508 F.3d 1145, 9th Circuit, 2007)
Wikipedia link (easy to understand language)
Kelly v. Arriba Soft Corporation (336 F.3d 811(CA9 2003))
Wikipedia link (easy to understand language)
Kelly vs. Arribasoft (court documents from Electronic Frontier Foundation)
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