Kay Bojesen Monkey
- What can I do?
Is it permitted to crochet monkeys – or other animals – that resemble Kay Bojesen’s design?
We’re delighted that so many people share the love of Kay Bojesen’s iconic world of design!
Kay Bojesen’s family and Rosendahl Design Group regard the crocheted animals as a tribute to the design, and we therefore – in exceptional cases – allow them to be produced for private use. However, under no circumstances may they be sold or otherwise used in a commercial context.
Is it permitted to sell copies of Kay Bojesen’s designs – including crocheted, embroidered, wood-turned and painted copies?
Therefore, we cannot allow copies of Kay Bojesen’s designs to be sold, regardless of whether they are crocheted, embroidered, turned in wood, painted or made in other materials, as this infringes our rights, and we have a great desire to protect Kay Bojesen’s originality, take care of his works and ensure that they continue to appear exactly as he designed them in his time. For the sake of good order, we would like to point out that reproduction (in any material) with a view to sale constitutes an infringement of our copyright and can be prosecuted.
Is it permitted to share crochet recipes of copies of Kay Bojesen’s designs on websites and on social media?
Therefore, we allow crochet recipes to be shared to keep the art of crochet alive and kicking. But we must emphasise that it is not permitted to use them commercially.
Is it permitted to sell crochet recipes of copies of Kay Bojesen’s designs?
Therefore, we cannot allow the sale of recipes for crocheted copies of Kay Bojesen’s designs, as this infringes our rights, and we have a great desire to protect Kay Bojesen’s originality, take care of his works and ensure that they continue to appear exactly as he designed them in the future.
What does it mean that Kay Bojesen’s works are protected by copyright?
Kay Bojesen’s works are protected by copyright in accordance with the Danish Copyright Act. This means that reproduction and – not least – commercial use is not permitted without prior written permission from Kay Bojesen’s family and Rosendahl Design Group A/S (which is the licensee). Infringement of copyright may be prosecuted.
The Bojesen family and Rosendahl Design Group naturally want to protect the originality of Kay Bojesen’s designs, take care of his work and ensure that they appear as if they were made from his hand in the right quality and with the right spirit.
Kay Bojesen’s monkey is also protected by trademark registration in the EU – what does this mean?
Kay Bojesen’s monkey is protected by 3D trademark registration in the EU, which means that this particular product has extra protection in addition to copyright. The trademark registration means that the shape, appearance and design of the product constitute a trademark in itself. Commercial use of copies constitutes an infringement of our trademark rights and may be prosecuted.
What are the consequences of selling copies and recipes of Kay Bojesen’s designs?
It is therefore Rosendahl Design Group A/S' obligation to enforce the rights to Kay Bojesen’s designs on behalf of his family to protect the originality of his designs, to safeguard his works and to ensure that they appear in the future as though they were produced by his own hand. Therefore, the consequence of unauthorised use of copyright and trademark rights may lead to prosecution and liability to pay damages to both Kay Bojesen’s grandchildren and Rosendahl Design Group A/S. In addition, the Bojesen family is entitled to royalties on the sale of products based on Kay Bojesen’s works, which also applies to wood-turned copies and crocheted copies of the animals.