I use my library all the time for the same reasons as mentioned above. I copy patterns I think I will make for myself. If I like the book and think that I'll use a lot of the patterns, I then order one on line from Amazon or Ebay.
My question is:
If we all agree that it is ok to copy a pattern (not the whole book) from a book or magazine we pick up at the library (to use for ourself, not to make and mass produce), why are people reluctant to make or email a copy of a pattern to someone that post a request for one here on this or any other board?
Please, I'm not trying to start an argument. I understand copyright law, etc. I was just wondering what makes it alright from one direction and not acceptable from other?