The other day I had what I thought was a wonderful idea. A lending library for vintage patterns, where you would receive a pattern, trace it and send it to another seamstress, much like any library. It seemed to me that patterns would be on the same moral ground as used books, that is, acceptable to most sensible people.
I wanted to broach this subject to my sewing group when I realized they aren't truly comparable. When I give away a book, I don't retain the right to use it at the same time as everyone else- I give it up entirely. But tracing a pattern allows me continued use, which seems ethically squirmy even if it's harmless.
Readers, what do you think? Would a lending library be ethical? Would you use one?