Y’know, there’s something about this that just burns my butt in a way I can’t explain.
The basic info is this. According to Blastr and The Mary Sue, fans who have been making and selling their versions of the Jayne hat for, oh I dunno, the last 10 year, are being hit with “cease and desist” notices from Fox.
Yep. Since Ripple Junction now has an official license to make the Jayne hat, any independent Browncoat knitter making and selling them is now making an item that infringes on their license and Fox is sending notices to enforce that license.
“in the last few weeks many of them have received cease-and-desist letters or have simply been banned from Etsy for producing DIY Jayne Hats.”
And, yes, I know, they came from Fox, but do you think Fox was trolling Etsy to see if people were making Jayne hats in their spare time to help Ripple Junction out? Yeah, no. Ripple Junction, worrying about market share, likely informed Fox Legal and legal did what it does.
And here’s why it pisses me off.
As you may know, I worked over at QMx for over a year and a half and QMx has officially licensed Firefly merchandise. QMx has the license for Firefly prop replicas and the Firefly Jayne Hat is, while wearable, a prop replica. Which means QMx could have made it and just didn’t.
Now, I don’t know why they never did, but I have a theory.
My former boss is a Browncoat to the core. He started QMx because he wanted to make prop replicas and because he was a fan. QMx started with Firefly and Serenity and they’ve made some really amazing stuff. But they left the hat to the fans.
Because those hats, like the one Ma Cobb made for Jayne, we made with love and with care and with small imperfections — and every one of them was unique.
Just like Jayne and just like Firefly.
So, somehow Ripple Junction gets the license for the hat and they’ll be made in mass quantities for pennies in China. Fine. Hey, whatever floats your boat, RJ.
But you couldn’t be happy to take the Browncoat money hand over fist and leave the crafters alone? Because mom and pop shops making Jayne hats was really going to cut into your financial bottom line that much?
Shame on you, Ripple Junction.
(via The Mary Sue)