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How to License your Textile Design Work Globally?

by Michelle Frances

July 1, 2020 12:46 label 8 minutes read label Leave a comment

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Having an original creative textile design requires it to be safeguarded as it is the designer’s intellectual property. Copyright helps protect the work from any form of infringement preventing any other person to use the content without acknowledging and paying the designer. Authentic original artwork is an asset and the creator’s valuable possession. Once a license is created, if any organisation or individual makes use of the design without knowledge of the creator, the guilty party who has infringed the intellectual property will have to pay the designer for the unlawful use and compensate the financial loss incurred. Having a license ensures that no one can make use of the artwork and allows the designer to make the people stop using the designs with immediate effect.

The legal process of licensing a product can be daunting and many designers who are at the beginning of their career are not familiar with the procedure. Ready Pattern is familiar with these needs of the designers and provides them with the license of their choice which is globally accepted. Furthermore, we will throw light upon what Ready Pattern can do for the designers in terms of licenses and copyrights that are applicable globally.

Globally Accepted Licenses by Ready Pattern

Being an international market place displaying textile designs and patterns, a license provided must be excepted universally. The term “universal” plays a vital role while licensing a design, as it ensures that the copyrights are issues throughout the world and applies to everyone no matter where they are from. This avoids any loop hols that works to the disadvantage of the owner of the design. There are two kinds of licenses available for designers to make use of. Each license has different laws that must be adhered to. The two licenses are Exclusive and Non-exclusive licenses.

  • Exclusive License – As the name suggests this license is meant for designs and artworks that can be sold only once and provides the buyer with the copyrights of the design. When a design is licensed as exclusive, Ready Pattern allows them to legally make use of the textile pattern for unlimited production. The buyers get the original depth and file of the artwork. If the original format has layered files, those files are also given to the consumer. Since the buyer gets complete ownership of the design, the exclusive licence allows them to use it to manufacture any items with the pattern for sale. It can be used for more than one commercial project as well. Thee buyers can resell the design if they please and can be used on digital platforms like websites or making creative assets. Once Ready Pattern sells the design, it is taken off the marketplace. Since the designer sells this pattern only once, they are priced on a higher range going up to 999$ per pattern.
  • Non-exclusive License – This license allows the designer to sell the pattern numerous times to countless customers without any restriction. Based on commercial and personal usage, non-exclusive licenses are subcategorised as the following –
    • Commercial – It permits the buyers to use the design for commercial use but the pattern will not be removed from the ready pattern website making it available to other customers to purchase it. They get access to the original files with the actual depth along with the layers if available. The pattern can be used only for one company to create digital and physical reproduction as apps, software’s, e-books, magazines or books. They are not permitted to resell the pattern but are allowed three external manufacturers. Unlike exclusive license, under the terms on the non-exclusive license doesn't allow the buyers to showcase the prints on any social media platform.
    • Non-commercial – Under the laws of this license the buyers can only use the design for personal use and cannot resell any product with the pattern printed on it. The buyer doesn’t have access to the original file or layers of the files, they receive a JPEG with 150 DPI depth. The users can only contact or share the file with one manufacturer to help support with the design.

With 40 years of experience working with designers and providing them with the license of their choice, Ready Pattern goes above and beyond to protect the designer’s innovation. Once the designer makes the choice of what license is apt for their artwork, the customers can view the pattern on the website. When the purchase is made the license is produced and provided to both the parties making sure the legality is fulfilled. Since the licensing is taken care of by Ready Pattern, the designers have to just upload the file on the website to be downloaded by customers throughout the globe.


What are the ways to sell Surface Pattern Designs?

There are different platforms that provide a great opportunity to display and sell surface pattern design. Displaying the designs at textile trade shows and exhibitions are a good option to meet new customers and increase clientele. With the rise in importance of social media, creating an online presence is important and allows you to make paid promotions that makes your designs be viewed by other customers. An economical way with no listing fee, Ready Pattern provides surface pattern designers with a renowned market place were designers can display numerous designs and get promoted free of cost.

Where can I sell my textile pattern designs?

There are several websites and online marketplaces that allow designers to sell their patterns. Ready Pattern has been an online marketplace successfully connecting designers and customers across the globe for 40 years. With utmost priority given to the success and safeguarding the designer’s creation, Ready Pattern ensures that the creator and the consumer gets the best experience while working on their platform

How much does a Surface Pattern Designer Earn?

Based on expertise level and license of the designs created, a surface design with an exclusive design can sell each pattern for about 999$. As entrepreneurs the designers can charge the customers any value that they find appropriate for the artwork, they can also charge per hour rates if that’s what they prefer starting at 13$ per hour. An average surface pattern designer earns 3000$ a month.

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