A CRAFT enthusiast who posted knitting patterns inspired by Doctor Who characters on the internet has had them exterminated by the BBC's own Daleks in the forms of a copyright infringement notice.
In a statement posted on their website, science fiction and knitting fan Mazzmatazz said they were forced to remove five designs after a notice from the BBC.
"Thanks to the BBC, I am no longer allowed to distribute any Doctor Who patterns, even for free (not that I was charging anyway). I apologise to any fans who are disappointed by this," the knitter said.
The offending knitting patterns showed how to create small toys resembling Doctor Who monsters such as the Ood and Adipose.
"The patterns I created, inspired by Doctor Who, were never for sale – they were shared under Creative Commons licenses, to prevent resale, so that other fans could enjoy and share the fun too," Mazzmatazz said.
The infringement notice has angered bloggers who claim the BBC is overreacting to fan art, and that the patterns are not a direct representation of their characters.
Ahhh good times. I guess knitters everywhere will have to go underground with their infringement stuffed daleks. What's next? Banning of Dalek gingerbread cookies?