Fan knitter stomped on by BBC

A Doctor Who fan, known as Mazzmatazz, has been legally stomped on by the BBC for creating her own patterns for the Adipose and Ood creatures.

She never charged for the pattern, nor did she pretend it was official, but somebody sold a completed version on ebay, so the Beeb went OTT on her.

According to TechnoLlama their action has no genuine basis in law, but she caved in out of fear of corporate lawyers.

The BBC's action is a real shame, because it could signal problems for the thousands of fan artists (writers, musicians, artists) around the world who express themselves (for free) through the shared ground of Doctor Who (or any other BBC drama).

The knitter's website
TechnoLlama blog post
BBC slant

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CraftBear5 years ago
I don't suppose anyone may have heard rumours about where the pattern did or did not end up? And if anyone had done I wouldn't want them to message me or anything... =D
mmm, funny you should ask that. I did a search just a moment ago and found this interesting link to the wayback machine!
OMG OMG OMG!!!!! <3 now to familiarise myself with knitting patterns and learn to knit in round! THANK YOU!!!!!!!!!!!
When knitting in the round, using the magic loop method is a lot easier than using four needles. There is a video tute here that is extremly easy to follow.
I'd been working on a Soft Kitty pattern and now am leery of that (Big Bang Theory reference).
Soft Kitty Pattern?? =D
Yeah, here is one being sold by Think Geek....

=SMART=9 years ago
i diddnt se the walking fat episode :(
wocket9 years ago
hopefully they don't start going after fan fiction!
Arrrgh, someone just told that joke to my family...only he messed it up and said "what's the problem with burying ten lawyers up to their necks in sand? Not enough sand!" (my father's a lawyer, and not a crooked one either!)
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