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Old 05-16-2008, 12:20 PM   #1
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Copyright infringement enforced: beware Dr Who knitters!
The BBC has obtained an injunction against a UK knitter for infringement of copyright:

http://danceswithwool.wordpress.com/...nd-copyrights/
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Old 05-16-2008, 01:50 PM   #2
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Was she trying to sell her project or just knitting for her own use?
I know the music industry is bad about copyright infringement but I never thought about it with knitting. But then I have never tried to sell anything I have made.
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Old 05-16-2008, 02:08 PM   #3
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It looks like she was copying patterns of items (a bear) that she sees on a tv show. That's not a good thing, you can't just copy something from TV and sell it saying it's your own design.


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Old 05-16-2008, 02:39 PM   #4
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I did not understand the article the same way...

She was not copying patterns. She was making knitted items (her own patterns) based on licensed characters. Like making your own pattern for a Mickey Mouse doll and selling it.

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Old 05-16-2008, 02:43 PM   #5
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Blog of the knitter in question

She was NOT selling. She created patterns to look like some of the "monsters" on Dr Who, and was sharing them for free via the Creative Commons licenses.

This is pretty bothersome to me, mostly because I really like Harry Potter inspired knit patterns offered for free on the net, and those Dr Who scarfs that many have worked so hard to re-create. I'll be interested to see what the outcome is.
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Old 05-16-2008, 02:46 PM   #6
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Oh.....I missed this at the bottom of the article:
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A BBC spokesman said the broadcaster does not like going after fans but had to protect Adipose and Ood because knitted versions were showing up for sale on eBay. (c) UPI
But, unless Mazzmatazz was the ebay seller, I think they're going after the wrong person. She created the patterns, the fact that others made the mistake of selling works created with her free pattern is not her fault.
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I don't know much about the Harry Potter knit patterns, but from what I understand knitting a Griffindor scarf is not the same as knitting a licensed character.

Edited to add: since she was distributing the patterns (even though not selling them), it still constitutes a violation
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Hmmm, I still think the issue is that the creator of the pattern was easy to track down, but the wrong target. A quick poke around Ravelry will show a lot of fan-created patterns, many that are "dolls" or likenesses of characters. I don't know that they really want to limit the fans by saying that they cannot share freely, for personal use, creative patterns that celebrate a show. The sticky point is when money trades hands.
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I had a pattern saved on my favourites of a Dr Who robot thing sorry the name escapes me and that page has now been closed. As far as I am aware a person who liked knitting and Dr Who made up her own patterns for her own use and decided to share it on her web page/blog.

I can't personally see anything wrong with that she did not sell (to the best of my knowledge) or steal the pattern. she was being creative and sharing both characteristics I would welcome in my own children.

I have never personally seen commercially available patterns for Dr Who characters, so I think they would have been better off putting her on commission and publish the patterns so everybody could buy it.
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I think the issue is that they own the copyright on the characters, just as Disney owns Mickey Mouse etal.
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