Saw this this morning: “Firefly” Hat Triggers Corporate Crackdown. The short (and slightly wrong) version is that ThinkGeek got the official license to make the hats commercially, so Fox started cracking down on the homebrew DIY folks selling the hats on Etsy etc.
“The irony of it is that it’s the fans of the show who have propelled the hat into the iconic symbol that it is. The hat itself had only a few measly minutes of screen time in one episode— an episode that Fox didn’t even air.”
Dear Fox: Screw you.
I got my hat from a facebook friend who has made over a hundred of them and I will continue to support her and not ThinkGeek in this case.
Update: ThinkGeek has responded, including the promise to donate all proceeds from the Jayne hat sales to charity. Good on them.