Dear Mr. Lucas,
I don't know if you actually keep up on Twitter, Facebook, Reddit, or other social media. I don't know if you watch the news. I don't know if you know anyone who crafts like a lot of us do, so let me fill you in (briefly) on an event that happened today... The US Olympic Committee sent a Cease and Desist letter to the founders of Ravelry - an internet community similar to Facebook for knitters, crocheters, spinners, and the like. The basic statement of their letter was to say that Ravelry needed to change the name of the Olympic themed event that takes place site wide during the games. Oh, and while they were at it, take down every Olympic themed pattern on the site.
Why? Well, because it would be detrimental and disrespectful to the athletes that had spent their lives training for the Games (not to take anything away from that - I was a college athlete - however some of these individuals have been doing their chosen craft since before some of these athletes were born - so, for their lives). There have been charity projects shut down by both the USOC and the IOC - some, that the athletes were excited about! This was showing them that their countries were behind them - all of their countries. You see, though based in the US, the site is global and has members from countries around the world.
So, the reason I'm writing this to YOU, of all people, is to say THANK YOU. You have embraced your fan base. You and the folks at Lucas Arts, Studios, and ILM realize that it is the fans and the families of the fans that create things that, in the long run, only promote the initial product. I can't imagine a C&D letter coming from your studios to a craft site or a fan site saying that all of the "inspired by" patterns and crafts have to come down because it doesn't directly benefit you financially. THANK YOU for not having a summer clerk on an internship send a letter to a community of two million people with internet access telling them what they are doing will ruin your franchise. THANK YOU for understanding that what we create (from what you and your people have created) is because we are showing appreciation and trying to participate in the ways that we can. THANK YOU for understanding it isn't just about licensed merchandise... and knowing that if we can't create it, we WILL turn around and buy it!
Geeks, nerds, crafters, sci-fi convention goers, we all create costumes, hats, washcloths, etc., we create to participate. We don't create to try to rip anyone off, or to take away financial support from those who need it. We create to help our communities, to help each other, to help the school down the road who needs new books and is holding a fundraiser, we create to show we care.
Thank you for understanding that and being supportive of your fans, Mr. Lucas, because in turn, they will support you.