Copyright Policy

YouPatch respects the intellectual property rights of others and expects its users to do the same. It is YouPatch's policy, in appropriate circumstances and at its discretion, to disable and/or terminate the accounts of users who repeatedly infringe or are repeatedly charged with infringing the copyrights or other intellectual property rights of others.

In this policy "Content" means text, images, video, or other material posted, uploaded or otherwise submitted to YouPatch. "Services" refer to YouPatch’s website, products, and other services.

YouPatch does not endorse any Content submitted to the Service by any user or other licensor, or any opinion, recommendation, or advice expressed therein, and YouPatch expressly disclaims any and all liability in connection with Content. YouPatch does not permit copyright infringing activities and infringement of intellectual property rights on the Service, and YouPatch will remove all Content if properly notified that such Content infringes on another's intellectual property rights. YouPatch reserves the right to remove Content without prior notice.

What if I believe my Copyright has been infringed?

If you are a copyright owner, or are authorized to act on behalf of one, or authorized to act under any exclusive right under copyright, please report alleged copyright infringements taking place on or through the Service by contacting YouPatch as soon as possible. Upon receipt of the notice as described below, YouPatch will take whatever action, in its sole discretion, it deems appropriate, including removal of the challenged material from the Site. 

In your report, please include the following information:

1. Identify the copyrighted work that you claim has been infringed, or - if multiple copyrighted works are covered by this Notice - you may provide a representative list of the copyrighted works that you claim have been infringed.

2. Identify (i) the material that you claim is infringing (or to be the subject of infringing activity) and that is to be removed or access to which is to be disabled, and information reasonably sufficient to permit us to locate the material, including at a minimum, if applicable, the URL of the link shown on the Site where such material may be found, and (ii) the reference or link, to the material or activity that you claim to be infringing, that is to be removed or access to which is to be disabled, and information reasonably sufficient to permit us to locate that reference or link, including at a minimum, if applicable, the URL of the link shown on the Site where such reference or link may be found.

3. Provide your mailing address, telephone number, and, if available, email address.

4. Include both of the following statements in the body of the Notice:

  • "I hereby state that I have a good faith belief that the disputed use of the copyrighted material or reference or link to such material is not authorized by the copyright owner, its agent, or the law (e.g., as a fair use)."
  • "I hereby state that the information in this Notice is accurate and, under penalty of perjury, that I am the owner, or authorized to act on behalf of the owner, of the copyright or of an exclusive right under the copyright that is allegedly infringed."

5. Provide your full legal name and your electronic or physical signature.

Deliver this Notice, with all items completed, to YouPatch.

What if I receive a Copyright Complaint notification?

If you receive a notification that a quilt pattern has been removed due a copyright complaint, it means that the uploaded image has been deleted from YouPatch at the request of the image's owner. If your account receives too many copyright complaints (more than 3), your YouPatch account may be disabled completely.

If you believe a pattern was removed in error, you have the option to file a counter-notice by following the steps below. When we receive a valid counter-notice, we will forward a copy to the person who filed the original complaint. If we do not receive notice within 10 business days that the submitter of the original complaint is seeking a court order to prevent further infringement of the content at issue, we will remove the complaint from your account's record, and we may replace the content that was removed.

Note: There are legal and financial consequences for fraudulent and/or bad faith submissions. Before submitting a counter-notice, be sure that you are the actual rights holder of the removed content or that you have a good faith belief that the material was removed in error, and understand the repercussions of submitting a false claim.

How to File a Counter-Notice

1. Email your counter-notice to

2. Include ALL of the following:

a. Your name, address, and telephone number.

b. The source address of the content that was removed (copy and paste the link in the notification email).

c. A statement under penalty of perjury that you have a good faith belief that the content was removed in error.

d. A physical or electronic signature (for example, typing your full name).

Where can I learn more about copyright?

Disclaimer: We are not your lawyers (US users: we are not your attorneys) and the information presented here is not legal advice. We provide it for informational purposes only.

As usual, Wikipedia provides an excellent starting point.

Australian users

The Australian Copyright Council provides a wealth of useful information about issues relating to copyright.

Of particular significance to YouPatch users is the fact that any photograph taken before 1955 is considered to be "in the public domain" and copyright has expired.

Additionally, artistic works (such as paintings, drawings, etc) are deemed to be "in the public domain" if the "author" (usually — but not always — the artist) died prior to 1955.


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