Cricut manufacturer Provo Craft filed suit in U.S. District Court on April 1st against software manufacturer Make The Cut, which makes software that allows for cutting with Cricut machines without using cartridges.
Make The Cut is a Wisconsin-based company that is owned by Andrew Heinlein. It was organized as an LLC in early December 2009. An active community of users has grown around their software in a short period of time, sharing and trading cut files to use with the software on Cricut machines. The software is also, according to notes in recent updates, compatible with other machines such as the Silhouette, Craft Robo and Wishblade, although most users appear to be Cricut owners.
Provo Craft alleges multiple violations have been committed against them by Make The Cut. The suit alleges that Make The Cut:
- Circumvented the copyright protection on the Cricut Design Studio software
- Sells to others the ability to illegally circumvent copyright protection on Cricut Design Studio software
- Encourages others to illegally circumvent copyright protection and assists with the infringement
- Violates the copyright on Cricut Design Studio software and Cricut’s design cartridges
- Violates and dilutes the Cricut trademarks by using them in advertising for Make The Cut products
No specific dollar amount is provided for requested damages, but Provo Craft is seeking damages under applicable laws for the violations, as well as court orders directing Make The Cut to stop further infringement. Make The Cut will have 21 days to file a response to the lawsuit with the court after they are officially served notification of the suit. Court filings currently have no record of a date of service.
Scrapbook Update has requested comment on this matter from representatives for both Provo Craft and Make The Cut. No response had been received as of the time of publication. Scrapbook Update will publish updates on this story as they become available.