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8 0 G R A P H I C S P R O • J U N E 2 0 2 3 G R A P H I C S - P R O. C O M A P P A R E L D E C O R A T I N G from the creator of the design and is ille- gal. Copyright exists for a reason, and that reason is to protect the rights of the cre- ator and ensure that others can't dissemi- nate their work without paying for it and agreeing to whatever licensing rights are available. Also, just to bust this myth once and for all, there is no mythical percentage by which you can change a copyrighted design so you don't get sued for using it. Some people will tell you there is such a percentage and that it's 10% or 30%, but that's neither accurate nor safe to believe. Even if there was such a percentage, you'd have to go to court to determine if your design changes fell within that percent- age and then it would be up to the opin- ion of experts to determine if that was so. ere would be court costs and stress and it would be a subjective judgment. It's far easier, and safer, to simply buy a licensed design and use it to create whatever you want to create. (Image courtesy of Love That Cotton)

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