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baggerbailey

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the mrs was wondering if she could get into trouble selling hand painted canvases of disney characters,or me to you bears or anything owned by a company. i dont have a clue but can anyone shed a bit of light on the copywrite laws and put her mind at rest?
 

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If the characters are trademarked then yes she can.
Copyright comes into it if she tries to pass the characters off as her own. She can paint them and sell them as her work if they are not trademarked but cannot pass them off as her designs.
 

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Bossons a now defunct company used to make wall plaques and ornaments, they did a range of Disney characters in the 60's and believe me Disney are extremely aggressive in there pursuit of infringements on copyright. It cost them a damn sight more than they made, although said ornaments are one of the more expensive collectables that the company made.
 

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Was just about to post the above, Disney are well know for chasing people who use their brands, second only to Coca Cola.

dont know about the bears though
 

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Few years ago there was a nice enough shop in Guisbrough got into deep water with Harrods.
Their crime? They used the same green / gold colour scheme, font style etc on the shop front ...

and called it 'Arrods! [:D] ... you couldn't make it up, could you? [:D]
 

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I don't think Disney bother with small traders at craft fairs. They are more worried about the people who make millions from counterfeit goods.
 

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Bossons was a small company way off there scope at that time, as production of ornaments had only recently started to change from Lead soldiers, its amazing how quickly people pick things up with this company they'd a picture of Capt Kidd which they were going to use for a model, before it was put into production the family started to sue, so the company continued with the model but called it Sir Henry Morgan and then produced the ornament of Capt Kidd bearing no likeness in this case it was sufficient to stop the court case however, its more likely the cost involved was prohibitive to the family, just to put a balance for the company the series of ornaments was called sea farers and they produced a RNLB man which was done at cost with profits going to the erstwhile cause. The companys demise was partly down to people buying there product then producing rubber molds from the original and flogging them as originals. They didn't seem to have the any determination to put a stop to it.
As for Disney they will target anything they see, its not 12months ago that the sister in law was sent a letter telling her to desist in making birthday cards with Winnie the Pooh and Tigger on them. Mind you they were c..p. Her mistake was someone she'd sold them to put them up on facebook.
 
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