Ingahaim wrote:So what I do all the time is illegal? I buy a pattern, scan it in, print it out, put the original one away and start marking on the copy. When I made a huge mistake that is hard to find your way back in, I again print out the copy and start marking again.
So actually I need to mark on the original one, and when I'm wrong, buy a new one?
moogypop wrote:Great information regarding copyright! is this just US law though? Might need to look into the UK version for myself but if im honest I never replicate anything so wouldnt get in any bother!
I do have a sort of related question though.. there are a lot of designs available on sites such as etsy with copyrighted characters (eg disney, star wars and various movie franchises) they dont always look 100% like the character they have been modified into different styles but is that breaking copyright laws? or is it to okay to use copyrighted characters if you are drastically changing them?
Peepfaleep wrote:Just wondering if I can show a picture of a dimensions Gold kit I am currently working on. Not the chart, just the cover picture? Someone had asked me to see a picture since the subject was something she was interested in.
LastingAllure wrote:My understanding of the rule for those selling on Etsy is that it is illegal. They are using well known names and picking certain characteristics of a character to make a sale.
To make things a bit more clear though...you can create a Cinderella and call her Cinderella but she cannot resemble anything like Disney's version of her (blue ball gown, blond bun with black headband...the signature Disney look that can easily be recognized as Disney). Any of the Brothers Grimm Fair Tales are in the public domain (Snow White, Sleeping Beauty to name a few) however a Harry Potter for instance cannot be recreated in your own image and still be called Harry Potter because the name is copyrighted and trademarked I believe.
Disney and Hello Kitty creators do a sweep through Etsy once every few months and send out warnings...I'm just waiting for the day they decide to make an example out of someone or Etsy gets a huge lawsuit for allowing this stuff to be sold.
It's a shame most people can't be creative themselves and come up with their own original ideas for sale...they just take the easy route and steal from those companies.