Do I Need To Buy A License To Sell a Custom Movie Figure???
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Do I Need To Buy A License To Sell a Custom Movie Figure???

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I am brand new to this genre, but have experience in art and sculpting. I am extremely excited because I have an idea for a custom figure that I know is in demand, from a certain famous movie, as portrayed by a certain actor. I want to make a lot of them and consecutively place them on ebay for bidding each week. I have one worry that I have not found any answers to ANYWHERE on the net... IS IT LEGAL TO DO THIS WITHOUT PURCHASING A LICENSE, and WHAT ARE THE CHANCES OF GETTING CAUGHT? THX.

Posted by 1kobocop
on Wednesday, March 9, 2011
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1kobocop -
Saturday, March 12, 2011
Again, the advice from experience is appreciated. I am interested only in custom for 3.75 scale for now. I noticed there are very little customs in this size and is a plus for me. Also it allows me to ask for less (I doubt I can get more than $40 TOPS for one), which might keep me under the radar.
pock63 -
Friday, March 11, 2011
I've heard about companies hassling people but I have never seen it first hand. I've sold many customs and it has never happened to me.
1kobocop -
Friday, March 11, 2011
Thanks. Interesting.... it is actually a custom DC figure....*gulp*
Finn Varra -
Friday, March 11, 2011
I've only ever heard of DC hassling people over customs, even that was just a 'cease and desist'. The chances of getting caught are slim, and the chances of actually getting in trouble are even slimmer than that.
Patraw -
Friday, March 11, 2011
If a character is copyrighted, then you are violating said copyright if you make and sell merchandise without obtaining permission and/or compensating the intellectual property holder(s). For a small time operation, the likelihood of you being sued and/or sent a letter to desist is small, but the threat does exist--you do it at your own risk. If you make something for your own enjoyment, that's one thing, but once you try to turn a buck on it, you're sailing into murky, and dangerous, waters.
1kobocop -
Wednesday, March 9, 2011
Much appreciated answer, regulator!
No problem with selling here! There is way too much talent on your site and I am afraid to even reveal my figure for fear of being outdone! Maybe after I make a fortune I will share with figure realm... just wanna make half a dozen or maybe a dozen of them. Of course one is exclusively for my 5 year old son to play with.
bobtheodd -
Wednesday, March 9, 2011
As long as you are not in Japan I think you will be ok, then again it depends on how many you plan making as well. Mass production would be a no-no.
Do keep in mind it is fine to ask such a question, but make sure not to sell customs here on the forum.
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