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« on: July 28, 2009 12:49:44 PM »

i'm planning on doing a craft fair in the fall to make some extra cash.  i'm a poor college student who loves video games and crafting.  i like combining my hobbies, and that usually means amigurumi or cross stitch designs of my favorite video game characters.  i know that if it's personal use i don't have any legal problems.  but what about if i sold, say, a cross stitch of princess peach?  i've been to anime conventions where people sold things like that as "fan art" and as far as i know they didn't have any legal problems.

do i need to put a disclaimer on it?  or am i safe because it's home made and not mass produced?  the last thing i need is a C&D from Nintendo...
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« Reply #1 on: July 29, 2009 08:31:07 PM »

You can put a disclaimer on it, but it does no legal good. Still, you are almost certainly not going to rile Nintendo.
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« Reply #2 on: July 29, 2009 09:17:00 PM »

i saw a bunch of nintendo and warcraft stuff on etsy, so even if it's not legal, it seems that they don't really care if fans make and sell stuff with their characters on it.
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« Reply #3 on: July 30, 2009 09:34:08 AM »

I wouldn't do it.   I've needlefelted replicas of South Park Characters as someone for a gift, but I would never sell them at a craft show.  I think it is considered copyright infringement to be making money off of someone elses design, even if you do modify it.  It is still their idea and their image.   And probably, nothing would happen to you, but it's still a risk I wouldn't be willing to take.
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