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Re: Is it OK to sell furniture based on FWW articles?

Should one produce - or attempt to produce - an exact copy of a design published in FWW - or anywehere else, for that matter? Of course not. However, when does it stop being a copy and merely an item influenced by a published design? If the original design is "based onan original found in..." or "based on an early 20th-century somethiong-or-other", then who is to say that someone else can't be so inspired? As otehrs have mentioned patents and copyrights in this discussioon, to presume to prohibit otehrs from using your design as an inspiration is akin to preventing people from improving on patented items or creating new works of fiction for Hollywood; if that were the case, we'd all be driving Stanley Steamers, riding on trains pulled by the Tom Thumb, NOT crossing the Atlantic - or even the United States - in airplanes, and still using Edison's light bulbs for illumination.

In other words - and this goes for all woodworking publications that say nothing in their pages can be reproduced without written permission - get real and get over yourselves. Copying others' deisgns is going to happen and claiming owenrship to a design which is not 100% original is at best hypocritical and at worst illegal.

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