Fox Bans Sale of Unlicensed Jayne Hats


There is this thing I see at every comic book convention I go too. An orange beanie with two dangling pony tails coming off the ear warmers. “Kinda goofy look’n”, thinks I on a first view. It wasn’t until recently, when I watched Fireflyfirefly_series_main that I finally got it. Chudd had watched the series, and so had all my friends, but no one bothered to tell me the beanie wasn’t just some goofy youth fad, but instead a show of devotion to a great show that had too small a life span. Well, El Moochadores, the owners of Firelfly, Fox, have put a halt on your beanie buying needs.

Via i09; Fox lawyers have shut down sales of the “Jayne” hat by sending out cease and desist letters to online nerd retailers like Think Geek and hat making Etsy contributors alike. According to;

Fox has been sending out cease-and-desist letters or just outright demanding Etsy ban any non-sanctioned Jayne hats. This is after almost a decade of not giving a crap about any of this.

Recently, Ripple Junction has licensed the fan apparel and obtained the rights to mass-produce the product. And in return, Fox is shutting down all the mom and pop Jayne hat makers. Which is ridiculous because the very point of a Jayne hat is to own a mangled handmade orange monstrosity that warms your noggin, not something churned out on an assembly line. But now that Fox has sold the licence, they now have to shake down Etsy members who are lovingly knitting their Firefly memorabilia.

This doesn’t mean you can’t make your own Jayne top, but you just can’t sell it online. Blastr reached out to both Ripple Junction and Think Geek (where the licensed hats are sold) and both companies denied involvement in the shuttering of homespun Jayne Hats.

Well, there you have it folks. It is a shame this property is owned by (and here I quote Mr. Buttery Wholesomeness) a “luke-warm bag of Palestinian foreskins,” but I also want to remind the Browncoats out there that a part of the Firefly theme was rebellion and fighting large and intimidating organizations. I can’t tell you what to do, but I think it would be pretty damn cool to look out on a sea of orange beanies at every convention I go to this year! Keep fighting Browncoats!

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  1. Buttery Wholesomeness

    04/10/2013 at 12:39 pm

    Proof that you can be legally, ethically, and wholly on the side of the angels, and still be doin’ it wrong.

    (Oh, and ThinkGeek never got a cease-and-Desist order, man. It was their attempt to gain permission to retail the hats that started Fox down this road.)

  2. Start looking at the UK for these. A judge over there ruled that the Storm Trooper helmet is a piece of industrial equipment and not an art object, and so has fallen out of copyright. Could be a precedent. And after all, a trademark on an orange doily hat looks ripe for a courtroom challenge.

    I’m sorry to say I didn’t much like Firefly. I tried twice and couldn’t get into it.

  3. Mister Trog

    04/11/2013 at 10:13 pm

    I don’t know. Is there precedent where the US government made law based on decisions/ laws a foreign nation? Also, go watch it a third time and this time look at the T.V.! “Didn’t much like Firefly,” wtf?

  4. Buttery Wholesomeness

    04/13/2013 at 10:15 am

    Not really. The US has been fairly immune to legal precedent in other parts of the world. However, seeing as how devoted many Browncoats are, I would be surprised if there weren’t cabals of them in parts of the world not directly affected by the Cease and Desist order, who had taken it upon themselves to provide for those who could no longer do so.

    Especially, if there was money to be made.

    Oh, and fix my name, please. How are people going to know who to flame with my name misspelled?

  5. It’s possible I made the mistake of getting excited and watching the debut episode on Fox. The first few episodes of Star Trek to air were Man Trap and Charlie X, two of the worst.

  6. Buttery Wholesomeness

    04/14/2013 at 4:50 pm

    I think it’s just that you have a preference for hard sci-fi, whereas most people would rather a softer variety.

  7. I think it’s Whedon. I saw the Buffy movie at a dollar theater and it put me off movies for a while. Later I caught the TV episode where John Ritter is Buffy’s Robot stepdad. I’ve been told there are better episodes; it’s possible I’m just an unlucky channel-surfer.

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