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IS IT PERMISSIBLE TO CROCHET MONKEYS – OR OTHER ANIMALS – RESEMBLING KAY BOJESEN’S DESIGNS?

We are delighted that so many people share a love of Kay Bojesen’s iconic design universe! Kay Bojesen’s family and the Rosendahl Design Group regard crocheted animals as a tribute to the design, and for that reason – exceptionally – we do allow these to be created for private use. However, they must not under any circumstances be sold or exploited commercially in any way.

 

IS IT PERMISSIBLE TO SELL COPIES OF KAY BOJESEN’S DESIGNS – INCLUDING CROCHETED, EMBROIDERED, CARVED IN WOOD AND PAINTED COPIES?

Kay Bojesen’s works are copyright, and these rights belong to the grandchildren of Kay Bojesen. The rights to commercial exploitation are licensed to the Rosendahl Design Group A/S, which is under an obligation to protect these rights and the iconic designs on behalf of and out of respect for the family. For that reason, we cannot allow copies of Kay Bojesen’s designs to be sold, irrespective of whether they are crocheted, embroidered, carved in wood, painted or made of other materials, as this infringes our rights. We are extremely keen to protect Kay Bojesen’s originality, look after his works and ensure they are preserved for posterity exactly the way he once designed them. For the sake of good order, please note that reproduction (in any material at all) for sales purposes constitutes infringement of our copyright and may result in legal proceedings.

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IS IT PERMISSIBLE TO SHARE CROCHET PATTERS FOR COPIES OF KAY BOJESEN’S DESIGNS ON WEBSITES AND SOCIAL MEDIA?

We think this is good fun, and the fact that crochet patterns based on his works are being developed – and widely shared on social media – says a lot about the widespread appeal of Kay Bojesen. We therefore choose to regard this as a tribute to Kay Bojesen’s iconic designs. Accordingly, we do permit the continued sharing of crochet patterns to keep people’s crochet hooks moving. However, we must emphasise that any commercial use of these is strictly prohibited.

 

IS IT PERMISSIBLE TO SELL CROCHET PATTERNS FOR COPIES OF KAY BOJESEN’S DESIGNS?

Kay Bojesen’s works are copyright, and these rights belong to the family of Kay Bojesen. The rights to commercial exploitation are licensed to the Rosendahl Design Group A/S, which is under an obligation to protect these rights and the iconic designs on behalf of the family.

For that reason, we cannot allow patterns for crocheted copies of Kay Bojesen’s designs to be sold, as this infringes our rights. We are extremely keen to protect Kay Bojesen’s originality, look after his works and ensure they are preserved for posterity exactly the way he once designed them.

KAY BOJESEN’S WORKS ARE COPYRIGHT – WHAT DOES THAT MEAN?

Kay Bojesen’s works are protected by copyright under the Danish Copyright Act. This means reproduction and – not least – commercial exploitation of his works are not permitted without prior written consent from Kay Bojesen’s family and the Rosendahl Design Group A/S (the licensee). Violation of copyright may result in legal proceedings.

Naturally, the Bojesen family and the Rosendahl Design Group wish to protect the originality of Kay Bojesen’s designs, protect his works and ensure they are preserved for posterity with the same quality and spirit as when he originally created them.

 

KAY BOJESEN’S MONKEY IS ALSO PROTECTED BY TRADE MARK REGISTRATION IN THE EU. WHAT DOES THAT MEAN?

Kay Bojesen’s monkey is protected by a 3D trade mark registration in the EU, which means this particular product enjoys extra protection over and above copyright law. Trade mark registration means the shape, appearance and design of the product constitute a trade mark in their own right. Commercial exploitation of copies constitutes a violation of our trade mark rights and may result in legal proceedings.

 

WHAT ARE THE CONSEQUENCES OF SELLING COPIES OF AND PATTERNS FOR KAY BOJESEN DESIGNS?

The rights to Kay Bojesen’s designs belong to his grandchildren, who have licensed commercial exploitation to the Rosendahl Design Group A/S under the brand Kay Bojesen Denmark. Accordingly, the Rosendahl Design Group A/S is under an obligation to enforce the rights to Kay Bojesen’s designs on behalf of his family in order to protect the originality of his designs, look after his works and preserve them for posterity with the right quality as originally created by him. Therefore, the consequences of unauthorised exploitation of copyright and trade mark rights may be legal proceedings and damages payable to both Kay Bojesen’s grandchildren and to Rosendahl Design Group A/S. Furthermore, the Bojesen family is entitled to royalties from the sale of products based on Kay Bojesen’s works; this also applies to carved copies and crocheted copies of the animals.

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