An interesting question (maybe)

Discussion in 'Disney Cruise Line Forum' started by wcw57, Nov 10, 2010.

  1. wcw57

    wcw57 DIS Veteran

    Apr 1, 2009
    since Disney is VERY protective of their copyrights, how do all these people on E-Bay and all get away with selling Disney-themed merchandise which they have created? Years ago, Disney busted a pre-school around me which had large Disney character cutouts on the walls..........:confused3
  2. ColoradoDisneyFreaks

    ColoradoDisneyFreaks DIS Veteran

    Feb 13, 2010
    Well, I can say that for example, the people selling the FEs on E-Bay are probably using a Disney embroidery pack for either a sewing machine or something else, which, when it's purchased, includes the copyright. You wouldn't be able to sell the embroidery pack or duplicate it and sell it, that's a violation of copyright, but the fruits of your labor using that pack are completely sellable as you've already paid for the priviledge of using it.

    Others, probably just haven't been caught yet...
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  4. disneyfaninaz

    disneyfaninaz It takes faith, trust & pixie dust!

    Apr 19, 2007
    Disney does go after some. There is a person on the DISign board that can no longer design Disney magnets, t-shirts, etc without risk of a lawsuit.
  5. Deb Quen of Colorado

    Deb Quen of Colorado Mouseketeer

    Aug 30, 2005
    I have wondered about that too! My understanding is that the embroidery designs are liscenced for home/personal use only. Ok for a childs shirt, towels -items for your home, family or decoration, not made to resell. If you sell an item with a copyrighted character on it, that is infringement.
  6. Dahly

    Dahly Mouseketeer

    May 29, 2007
    here is a link I found, (not a government site, but someone who looks to know a lot about copywrite and other legal matters pertaining to people that sell items on-line).

    here is an excerpt:

    under Copyright Law you may not:

    Make copies of the digital embroidery software to either sell or give away
    Post a copy of the digital embroidery software on the internet for others to use
    Modify the digital embroidery software and sell it as your own

    Under Copyright Law you may:

    Make a copy of the digital embroidery pattern for your personal use
    Make more than one end product for personal use or for sale from the digital embroidery software

    I checked a few other websites, but could not find anything else with as much detail.

  7. Toddymae

    Toddymae Earning My Ears, again and again

    Jul 11, 2007
    I worked at a Community Center and we go 'busted' for showing Disney movies without permission. Yes, we violated the copyright just like the people selling on Ebay. You see a lot of Disney merchandise at discount store and tourist t-shirt places. Some of the merchandise does not have the official Disney Logo. I wonder why Disney still allows that?:confused3

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