Knitted Adipose = Copyright Breach?

BBC Lawyers have reportedly demanded that sellers of Doctor Who knitting patterns on eBay withdraw their wares, reports The Telegraph.

We recently reported on the excellent knitted Daleks – well it seems there were also knitted Adipose on eBay, based on a pattern created by a lady known as "Mazzmatazz".

She produced patterns of the Ood and the Adipose for members of her knitting circle.

But when the patterns were then posted on the internet and gained a cult following with some creations put on sale on eBay the BBC acted to warn her to stop making them or face a court case.

Bewildering? A bit.

Richard Taylor, a copyright expert with media lawyers DLA Piper, said: "My advice is that trademark and copyright owners should try and be generous to their fan base."

Becky Hogge, the executive director of the Open Rights Group, which helped to publicise the case, said: "We need to recognise that there is a difference between selling knock-off hand-bags in the market, and fans who are making tributes and contributing to creativity in the future."

Mazzmatazz herself, however, said she was "just an ordinary person who likes knitting" who had been caught up in "a bit of whirlwind".

So – where does that leave us old series fans and our Tom Baker scarves…?

Christian Cawley

A long-term Doctor Who fan, Christian grew up watching the show and has early memories of the Graham Williams era. His favourite stories are Inferno, The Seeds of Doom and Human Nature (although The Empty Child, Blink and Utopia all come close). When he’s not bossing around the news team, Christian is a freelance writer specialising in mobile technology and domestic computing, and enjoys classic rock, cooking and spending time in the countryside with his wife and young children. You can find him on Twitter, Facebook and Google+.

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