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Recently there was a discussion in the comments about posting patterns from the magazine, and I would love to do it. However, I don’t want to share anything until I find out the legal aspects of copywrite. I called the US Copyright Office today and haven’t made much ground. So I’m going to keep digging and researching, and if at any point I discover whether I can (or cannot) share patterns, I’ll let you know! 

Just wanted to do an official post instead of writing in the comments, so that no one missed it. 

If anyone out there happens to know any company names that may help my search just let me know. 🙂 

Now I’m off to work, have to work on some of the projects I’m getting ready to share with you. 

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  1. Alicia, I Don’t know if this helps but from 1991-1996, the KC Publishing, Inc. (Kansas City, MO) published the Workbasket magazine. They might hold the copyrights and if not may be able to direct you in the right direction.

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      I followed that rabbit trail earlier, waiting for news. That company at some point changed name or hands, and was then later acquired by someone else. At least, according to me research, I’m still working on it. I’ve contacted the company that seems to be the last known holder and am awaiting a reply. The information specialist said if I can at least find the current owner of the copyright then everything else will be easy to figure out. Also, if I am ever able to post patterns they may only be from before 1963. But I’m not giving up! Going to keep digging. Thankfully long distance calls are a thing of the past!

      1. I found the information that I couldn’t find earlier. It is from 2008 and from 2003, the copyrights were bought and renewed. For privacy purposes, I have removed all names and addresses except JayStaten’s. It is my understanding that this Jay worked or may even still work for the publishing company that bought the trademark and content.

        Maybe you could start with him or Krause Publications.

        Hope this helps and I apologize for the lone comment. 😉
        From: Jay Staten
        Subject: Re: [Workbasket] Re: Copyright holder???
        Date: Thursday, August 14, 2008, 11:16 AM

        Sorry to disappoint you, but Krause Publications (and imprint of F+W Media) owns the trademark and content. It was purchased in 2003 from KC Publications. Initially the plan was to use some of the content for the then new publication Michaels Create! (a sub-rights program for the Michaels Craft Stores). That never really happened. In 2003, Krause published a book: The Best of WorkBasket Magazine: Vintage to Vogue, which contained 35 of the crochet and knit patterns. This was way before my time with the company. Unfortunately, the editors at the time took some liberties with the patterns and did not stay true to the original designs.

        Today, Krause Publications is looking at a number of ways to bring this wonderful content back out and make it available to all the crafters. When I discovered that Krause owned WorkBasket, I jumped out of my seat and yelled Hallelujah! I subscribed to the publication back in college and for years after. My mother was a loyal fan, and my grandmother was, too. Whatever we do, we want to be true to the genius that was WorkBasket. We are open to suggestions. THANK YOU, JeanneZ for yours. I will be passing it on.

        If you have specific copyright issues, I’ll try to help. My office email is jay.staten@fwpubs. com.

        — On Thu, 8/14/08, wrote:
        Subject: Re: [Workbasket] Re: Copyright holder???
        Date: Thursday, August 14, 2008, 9:08 AM

        I believe that Voque bought Workbasket and renewed the copyrights.  It was then sold to Michael’s who owns the copyrights now on all issues – back to October of 1935.  So anything printed in Workbasket is copyright protected.  Peg D

        — On Wed, 8/13/08,Subject: [Workbasket] Re: Copyright holder???
        Date: Wednesday, August 13, 2008, 8:38 PM

        I have not heard that anyone has purchased the rights to the magazine;
        however any of the old ones that did not expressly indicate a
        copyright are public domain. That is the way the law is written, so
        any magazine, book, pattern etc. without a date of copyright has no
        legal claim to it…its public domain. Again, you can pay to have the
        copyright office research this for you. That is your best resource
        and it’s wise to use it if you have these kinds of concerns and plan
        to reproduce them in anyway.
        Hope this helps,

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          Thanks Pam! FW is one of the people I contacted today, so we shall see. I’m going to keep digging, and calling, and Washington DC is nearby if I even need to trek into the Copyright office myself. 🙂

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