Can knitting net you a run in with the law? ("Fuzzackles" felted handcuffs by Jodie Danenberg. Click image for pattern info.)

Can knitting get you in trouble with the law? You bet! ("Fuzzackles" felted handcuffs by Jodie Danenberg. Click image for pattern info.)

Knitters can find inspiration anywhere–but are they free to use it?

In a recent post on her excellent blog, Counterfeit Chic, fashion law expert Susan Scafidi commented on the dilemma faced by some UK knitters when they combined their twin passions for yarn and the BBC’s long-running cult sci-fi TV show, Dr. Who.

While you may take exception to Scafidi’s “granny” characterization of knitters, when it comes to intellectual property law, she knows that of which she speaks writes!

For a thorough discussion of knitting and copyright issues, read this Knitty article by Toronto intellectual property lawyer Jenna Wilson. There is also a good FAQ on knitting and copyright here

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