Friday, April 12, 2013

The hat they call Jayne...Cease and desists from Fox






Thought I would show my own personal 'hat that shall not be named' (which is also my own pattern), and part of my yarn stash.

 Now I don't have a yarn addiction. *shifty eyes* Nope...not at all. 

 For those who don't know the controversy, there's several websites supporting knitters of the hat sported in the picture, along with shout outs from the actors themselves.



What has happened is after almost 10 years of being silent, Fox has suddenly decided that they want to make money off Jayne Cobb hats and only have one supplier that everyone has to buy from....that are all mass manufactured by one company called Ripple Junction (which has no part in what Fox has been doing, they just make the hats.)

 Fox has been sending cease and desists to every crafter on etsy who makes these hats by hand and with care and love for the show and the fans of Firefly.  It has yet to be determined if they are going to copyright the pattern for the hat that has been around for generations.  The main thing that Fox is claiming copyright on is the color sequence of the hat.The fans are rebelling against fox for saying its their own fault for not protecting their copyright.  I also don't see other big studios like Universal going after small knitters that like to make Captain America gear, or Ironman stuffies.....so why Firefly of all things?

If you want to read the fan open letter to Fox, please go to http://youcanttaketheyarnfrom.me/

I rather like the suggestion that a fellow Ravelry user suggested. Everyone who knows how to knit, make a hat for a fellow browncoat, gift it to them as what was recommended we call 'Operation Vera'



 

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