Poppy knitter accused of breaching copyright

Knitters mark Remembrance Day with woollen poppies (Thinkstock)

A knitting enthusiast from London has been accused of breaching copyright after selling her homemade poppies online.

In order to mark Remembrance Day, Phyllis Ramage, from Edgware, chose to handknit red poppies for this month's appeal, raising money for the Royal British Legion (RBL).

However, she has chosen not to repeat her efforts next year, according to the Edgware and Mill Hill Times, after being told she had infringed the charity's copyright or trademark.

The 44-year-old told the newspaper: "I decided to raise money for RBL because my husband's parents were both in World War Two. But also, I really don't think there's enough support for veterans when they return from war."

She designed a pattern and decided to sell the poppies online on eBay, giving 100 per cent of the proceeds to RBL.

These included classic red woollen ones and silver flowers, which altogether raised a total of £160 for charity.

But, after transferring the money direct to RBL's bank account, the lecturer received an email from the online auction site saying the charity had reported her for breaching their copyright.

Ms Ramage told the newspaper: "I was wounded and insulted. It wasn't even the fact they said I was in breach of the copyright, there was no expression of gratitude for the money I'd raised - that's what hurt me the most."

She has since argued that this event has put her off doing anything specifically for RBL, although she still plans to make annual donations.

"I'm going to focus on another charity instead," she added, "I've thought about maybe knitting hats for premature babies or fishermen".

In response to this confusion, an RBL spokeswoman emphasised to the publication that the charity was "very grateful for all fundraising". However, they ask "anyone wishing to use our trusted poppy logo to seek permission from us first".

She also described how it was standard practice to monitor activities and challenge unauthorised products.

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