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Pangloss makes the very good point that 'the Beeb ...

2008-05-18T09:58:00.000+01:00

Pangloss makes the very good point that 'the Beeb itself may already be bound by contracts for proposed Adipose marketing, with the risk perhaps of penalties if it doesn't police the IP as exclusively theirs'.

This is definitely NOT a case of 'Greedy Goliath ' v 'Fan David'. The BBC are very sensitive to these issues and really do work to support creative following of their shows by fans. Quality and control are another issue, however, and the BBC would come under heavy criticism if it knowingly allowed items to go on sale bearing its brands without inspecting the quality of those items.



It will have to be my GikIII paper in order to jus...

2008-05-14T13:05:00.000+01:00

It will have to be my GikIII paper in order to justify the amount of time that I have given the subject :)

I am getting all sorts of interview requests!



It's a difficult one. Like your non angry knitter,...

2008-05-13T23:55:00.000+01:00

It's a difficult one. Like your non angry knitter, I have some sympathy with the Beeb's desire to protect merchandising gold, esp given their public broadcasting duties. And I do think it's significant they only responded when someone rubbed their nose in the infringement. I like the fan license solution a lot but you know yourselfthat although one knitter may well also buy official merchandise and is little threat to profits, trouble would arise if a "fan" produced thousands of knitted Adiposes and sold them on EBay under a legitimating "fan" license.

Maybe the license should be limited to one or a few copies and to non commercial derivative works? Or alternately maybe the Beeb should have the right to acquire the derivative work if commercial use transpires, but with some kind of prescribed benefit for the fan, as with German rules for benefits to employees who produce inventions in the course of employment?
That way fan goodwill could be preserved, which is , as you say, valuable as well as Beeb cntrol of merchandising 9and another point to remeber here is that the Beeb itself may already be bound by contracts for proposed Adipose marketing, with the risk perhaps of penalties if it doesn't police the IP as exclusively theirs - it would be interesting to find out...)

Is this your GikIII paper then???