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  1. Cat Carter
    Cat Carter October 23, 2013 at 7:41 am |

    Well, that’s a toughie…..I mean, if I were dressing as a kind of wizarding character ala HP, I would NOT want brand name stickers etc all over it…that’s a souvenir not a prop….and as long as it wasn’t being pitched as “authentic” HP stuff then I think it should be okay. It only seems to me to be pirated if it’s being sold *as* actual HP movie things. It’s not like copying Mickey Mouse or Deady Bear…those are distinct….the stuff from HP’s world looks Dickensian….you can’t claim rights over all Dickensian etc appearing stuff…and if they are in trouble for “copying” Hogwarts colors then a whole bunch of schools/colleges can probably sue WB for copying theirs…I am sure somewhere in their the same colors are being used as team colors etc….and suing for a “Wizarding Cruise”? WTF? Who died and made WB the sole user of that? Those are very generic terms. I think WB is being rather paranoid….they should show Good Will rather than blast Whimsic Alley….true diehard fans are still going to buy all the official labeled HP stuff….and if it furthers the fandom, why not more proplike items and events? I see that as supporting the actual franchise not undermining it…

    1. Summer Smith
      Summer Smith October 24, 2013 at 10:30 pm |

      I totally agree with you. I do have ‘official’ items that are awesome and I cherish, but I also make items inspired by the series (books and films) and don’t feel like it’s copyright infringement.

  2. Summer Smith
    Summer Smith October 23, 2013 at 3:40 pm |

    My question is, what will the impact be for Etsy sellers? Technically we are selling unlicensed merch, just on a small scale. We make things ‘inspired’ by the fandom, and that’s an iffy area legally. I just hope there won’t be negative repercussions for us.


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