Doll patterns come in different types, including rag dolls, paper dolls, and patterns for doll clothes. Finding copyright-free doll patterns for dolls is easy. Some pattern-makers grant full use to their patterns while other patterns fall into public domain. Finding these copyright-free patterns is a great way to save you time and money while allowing you to create dolls for your own pleasure.
Visit one of the many doll collecting websites on the Internet and bookmark your favorite sites (see resources). Copyright free doll patterns are readily available by people who want to share their talents or hope that copyright-free patterns might entice you to purchase some of their other patterns.
Look for indications that patterns you find are free. The absence of a copyright notice does not indicate a doll pattern is not copyrighted. Doll patterns are protected by the intellectual property law the moment they're created, like any other intellectual property. Read all websites that offer doll patterns and look for key words such as "free," or a statement concerning use of the patterns.
Join a dollmaker's group or look or doll collector's group and network (see resources). Consider signing up for a newsletter at a doll patterns website. This is the best way to network. You can trade your copyright-free patterns with others.
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