Thank you SO much for being honest! For not illegally sharing or selling my designs. My family and I really appreciate it.
Q: Is it against the law to scan and upload needlework patterns to the internet?
A: Yes. This violates the designers copyright, U.S. laws and international copyright laws.
Q: Can I sell, give away or trade the original pattern I purchased?
Q: Can I make a copy of my friend's chart so that I can stitch the design myself?
A: No. Wait for her to give you the original chart. Making copies even from a friend's chart is illegal and violates copyright laws.
Q: What does the date and copyright symbol mean on a needlework pattern?
A: Date: The year that the design was completed or published.
Copyright: A copyright is a legal device that gives the creator of a literary, artistic, musical, or other creative work the sole right to publish and sell that work. Copyright owners have the right to control the reproduction of their work, including the right to receive payment for that reproduction. An author may grant or sell those rights to others, including publishers or recording companies. Violation of a copyright is called infringement.
(Taken from http://legal-dictionary.thefreedictionary.com/copyright)