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Hi Di

In terms of “a fine line on how much of the product you are using, and how much of your own input to your design…” despite popular belief there’s no “percentage” of change that will guarantee you avoid copyright infringement or other action etc.

From the copyright perspective, you can be found to infringe if you use a ‘substantial part’ of someone’s works – substantial does not necessarily mean a large part, but one that’s ‘important’ to the works.

Just because there are people at markets and similar using other people’s fabrics does not necessarily mean they should be doing so :) They may ‘get away with it’ at times simply because the owner doesn’t realise they are doing it. They may also be using fabrics that are not protected under different Intellectual Property laws and/or if they are, may have the appropriate permissions to use it for their purposes etc.

Good Luck!