Digitizing vintage patterns?
Sorry friends but I bit off more than I can chew with that offer. It’s more than I can handle. It’s best for me to sell these by the box rather than singly. I will get back to those who indicated they were interested in whole box purchases and follow up with the tips you left for other buyers if those fall through. This box has been sold and I regret if anyone is disappointed. For all subsequent boxes, I will photograph them and post the web album. Owner can have the rights to use the photos as long as they don’t mind if I use the images for my occasional purposes. I can also mention the buyer if they agree so you can contact them if you’re interested in a particular style.
Question: One person wrote me saying it was “too bad” that I didn’t have the software or equipment to digitize these …but I do. I never considered it. Would that be legal depending on the age of the pattern? Or the company even? Say a McCall’s 50′s era pattern were digitized for potential resale, I’d think that McCall’s would have every right to go after someone for using their brand name to market the copies. As I understand it and for the time period in question, corporate copyrights were in effect for 75 years. The only way I could see it being legal is if the company went out of business without assigning or selling their assets to another party. In the case of Advance pattern company (that item was popular), I imagine they sold their intellectual property assets to a competitor. But I don’t know.
If these questions could be resolved, I wouldn’t have a problem digitizing them and transferring the files to whoever bought them but I wouldn’t want to be involved in the resale end of it to consumers. Digitizing is relatively inexpensive. I don’t know what other people charge but my rate is $25 an hour and most patterns would take less than that. The added advantage of digitizing is the patterns could then be regraded by anyone with a copy of the digital file. Like I said, I’m open to the possibility of providing this service to someone who wanted to resell vintage patterns if these questions could be resolved satisfactorily.