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 Topic: copyright question about making a model to sell.
copyright question about making a model to sell. [message #116300] Thu, 28 May 2015 00:51 UTC
avatar shadegame  is currently offline shadegame
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Registered: May 2015
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i was wondering what are the guidelines for making a model to sell. Can i make a model of an item in a random game and sell it or are models of game items copyright issues?
the models i have made so far but didn't sale are:

  • legend of zelda rupee
  • Legend of Zelda Skull Token
  • Kingdom Hearts Xehanort Keyblade

would any of these be a problem to sale and how would i know about future models i make?

[Updated on: Thu, 28 May 2015 01:03 UTC]

Re: copyright question about making a model to sell. [message #116302 is a reply to message #116300 ] Thu, 28 May 2015 01:51 UTC
avatar stonysmith  is currently offline stonysmith
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Simple answer: with tens of millions of other things to design, why copy something existing?

Per the terms of the US DMCA "safe harbor" regulations, Shapeways enforces take down notices when the copyright holder notifies them. Until the copyright holder finds your items, you might get away with using copyrighted material. But, why push the limits of what might get you in trouble?

Formal answer: Find a lawyer in your country with experience in Copyright Law and ask them what you can do. Most of the forum members here are NOT lawyers, and can not offer you legal advice.


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 Topic: What 3D printer do you have at home?
Re: What 3D printer do you have at home? [message #116308 is a reply to message #116280 ] Thu, 28 May 2015 07:44 UTC
avatar tebee  is currently offline tebee
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Registered: December 2010
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I've got a CTC makerbot copy which I now use for making some of the larger models that have got too expensive at Shapeways since the WSF price changes.

It's not as flexabile as the Shapeways printers and some of the designs have had to be simplified, but it's letting me expand my range into things that would be uneconomic to produce via Shapeways.

Sometimes the surface finish is better that WSF too !

Tom

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