Darkstar Posted November 22, 2006 Share Posted November 22, 2006 Darkstar, I think you should build one yourself and sell them. Bootlegged Sophie trophies... beautiful. Naw, as a professional artist myself I need to be concerned about intellectual properties if money becomes involved. My last job was in Reprographics and I was so focused on copyright law all the time, it carried over into what I do now. If I did a conversion of an existing kit as a sort of homage to Sophie and sold it as a one off to a collector or whatever, then that's one thing, but if I mass produced them then that's definately infringing on Reaper's trademarks and whatnot. Sort of like how you can buy say, a bunch of storm trooper toys, then convert them by painting them yellow or whatever and sell them as "converted stormtrooper toys", that's fine, but if you were to take the stormtrooper toy, convert it, then reproduce it as a bootleg version of the original, you would need clearance first before you were able to sell it. Just a little while ago, couple years maybe there was this lady selling these really nice sculpts that she had cast on ebay, but the sculpts were derivative of a certain GW intellectual property, and they shut her down. Even though it was her own sculpt from scratch, and her own molds and her own casts, the concepts she was basing her work on were owned by GW and they had the power to stop her from selling her mass produced minis. But from everything I've seen it's quite allright to say, take a model, convert it, scratchbuild most of the thing, and call whatever you want and sell it outright, as long as it's *unique*, that's pretty much just considered artwork and the copyright belongs to the creator of that piece. I would never even consider stepping on the toes of any company when it comes to something like this, it's contrary to my own standards, in the light that I would be outraged if I sold an original sculpt that I had painted, and the buyer turned around changed one or two things about the sculpt, then cast a bunch of replicas and sold it is their own work. But I do plan on making a large scale Sophie conversion, as far as selling it, that remains to be seen. As far as making "bootleg" anything that's an absolute nay. I won't even discuss casting techniques on boards for the most part. I keep that sort of stuff for my own personal use in conversions, but yeah, that's a whole nother can of worms. My general rule of thumb is silence on the matter, but just to let you know there would be no way I would "bootleg" the trophy or whatever is all. I just like the thing and wondered if it was available to the general public pretty much, but since it wasn't was trying to figure out what scale it was so I could eventually do a kitbash for my own enjoyment. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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