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Drawing famous characters infringing?

08-19-2015, 03:59 AM
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Drawing famous characters infringing?

IF you draw those movie characters Minions and sell in a card pack as Minions in a fun drawing game is that actually infringement?

No way will they give an individual a licence I suspect which is totally unfair.I have not asked them yet but I asked others about licensing and all said no.I asked Pokemon for instance.

The thing is that someone has drawn the characters from their own creativity and own copyright so whats the law on this?

I could of course use my option of people drawing the characters themselves so this is definitely not infringement but cards pack is way better as I can advertise much better to people.

Last edited by Planetman; 08-19-2015 at 04:03 AM.
08-19-2015, 04:44 AM
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Do your own research, you lazy bum. In this case, do the obvious and ask a copyright lawyer.
08-19-2015, 04:43 PM
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Planetman View Post
IF you draw those movie characters Minions and sell in a card pack as Minions in a fun drawing game is that actually infringement?

No way will they give an individual a licence I suspect which is totally unfair.I have not asked them yet but I asked others about licensing and all said no.I asked Pokemon for instance.

The thing is that someone has drawn the characters from their own creativity and own copyright so whats the law on this?

I could of course use my option of people drawing the characters themselves so this is definitely not infringement but cards pack is way better as I can advertise much better to people.
Jeezzzz this doesn't get more obvious copyright infringement. You are trying to sell something use another companies IP.

I am sure they will give an individual a licence if you are willing to pay the appropriate fee/ they don't have exclusivity deals in place.

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08-20-2015, 04:40 AM
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Originally Posted by Destined View Post
Jeezzzz this doesn't get more obvious copyright infringement. You are trying to sell something use another companies IP.

I am sure they will give an individual a licence if you are willing to pay the appropriate fee/ they don't have exclusivity deals in place.

Yeah, but a fee for Minion characters? That could cost quite a few quid.
And always take into account, if you do not already have a successful track record with such licensing, the likelihood that you can obtain such a strong license is quite low. Copyright holders don't want stains on licenses which are as precious as the Minions are.

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Last edited by Vovin; 08-20-2015 at 04:52 AM.
08-20-2015, 08:10 AM
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Originally Posted by Vovin View Post
Yeah, but a fee for Minion characters? That could cost quite a few quid.
And always take into account, if you do not already have a successful track record with such licensing, the likelihood that you can obtain such a strong license is quite low. Copyright holders don't want stains on licenses which are as precious as the Minions are.
+1 for this.

I am sure licensing characters (such as the Minion characters) is entirely possible however there will be a cost and a list of demands related to licensing such as how the characters are used and featured in your product (eg: I doubt Disney would allow Mickey Mouse in a violent situation etc regardless of money).Furthermore, I echo what Vovin said regarding staining an IP - they will expect a certain level of quality (so you would need a track record of licensing IPs and using them well).

Anyway, to answer your question, what you described is indeed copyright infringement. You have no ownership over the Minions IP regardless of whether you draw the characters yourself.

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