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Old 07-25-2011, 02:44 PM   #26 (permalink)
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That is a cute dress. Who is that wearing it? Is that Katy Perry?
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Awesome! So when will the dress be ready?
I don't think Disney has anything to do with smurfs. I don't have my large wall chart of the Disney empire though but I thought Hannah Barbera was warner bros or turner.

Anyway you have to make it yourself and not distribute it and even then LL might not like smurfs mucking around in SL.
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You clearly all missed the TED lecture on how there is no copyright in fashion, and that's a *GOOD* thing:
TED Blog | Lessons from fashion's free culture: Johanna Blakley on TED.com

If there is no copyright in fashion in RL I don't think it is likely that someone is going to pursue you into SL for it.

There's always been a grey area *anyway* with handmade copies of Disney characters. AFAIK if you make your own original picture of Winnie the Pooh, no matter how like the original, you're only in trouble if you actually label it "Winnie the Pooh". Without the label, it's art. With the label, it's some sort of trademark infringement.

If you hand-draw a smurf, and don't call it a smurf, think you're ok, from a copyright point of view anyway. Having said that, I think the dress is hideous. Each to her own.
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You clearly all missed the TED lecture on how there is no copyright in fashion, and that's a *GOOD* thing:
TED Blog | Lessons from fashion's free culture: Johanna Blakley on TED.com

If there is no copyright in fashion in RL I don't think it is likely that someone is going to pursue you into SL for it.

There's always been a grey area *anyway* with handmade copies of Disney characters. AFAIK if you make your own original picture of Winnie the Pooh, no matter how like the original, you're only in trouble if you actually label it "Winnie the Pooh". Without the label, it's art. With the label, it's some sort of trademark infringement.

If you hand-draw a smurf, and don't call it a smurf, think you're ok, from a copyright point of view anyway. Having said that, I think the dress is hideous. Each to her own.
You've got everything all mixed up. You can't copyright fashion designs, like types of dresses, but you can trademark stylistic elements.

You can, however, copyright characters, and you can certainly trademark their names and likenesses. Obtaining a copyright over a character is much easier if it has specific identifiable elements to it -- appearance, personality, so on -- and drawing a picture of Winnie the Pooh and a smurf whether or not you call them such can get you in trouble.

There are differences with respect to fair use, but I really doubt this dress would fall under it. Evidently it was done with permission of the owner of the copyright (it appears to be at a Smurf movie premiere at that) but duplicating it as a knock off could get you in trouble with the person who created the dress (there's certainly enough there to be trademarked) and the company who owns the IP.

Now whether or not anyone is going to go into SL to pursue damages is something else and highly unlikely, but you're off base on the legal grounds of this.

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But there are many other characters that are not sufficiently well-known to have developed that secondary meaning especially when it comes to seeking trademark protection for characters already in the public domain (see the discussion below in this regard under the Copyright section). For those characters, the law requires the trademark applicant to show that, through extensive use and marketing and other evidence, that the public identifies that public domain character with a particular source. For example, Pinocchio in its literary form, is in the public domain. However, the widespread and worldwide popularity of Pinocchio the cartoon embodiment by the Disney company would qualify as such a secondary meaning. In other words, when we see or relate to the said character today, we universally relate it to the Disney cartoons. However, there are cases in which the public domain characters such as Little Miss Muffet, Little Red Riding Hood and similar characters were denied trademark protection because, as public domain characters, the public does not identify those characters with a particular source but instead merely as literary characters.
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On Winnie the Pooh it actually very much matters if its the Disney version or the original book drawings. Those aren't copyrighted anymore, I don't think. [Though I'd have to check, the book is pretty old, but might not have quite enough age to have gone into the commons yet.]
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On Winnie the Pooh it actually very much matters if its the Disney version or the original book drawings. Those aren't copyrighted anymore, I don't think. [Though I'd have to check, the book is pretty old, but might not have quite enough age to have gone into the commons yet.]
Nope, that's the point. If you hand-draw your copy, and don't call it Winnie the Pooh you're ok. It becomes an original artwork, whether based on the Disney version or the Shepard out-of-copyright one. Unless the law has changed significantly, according to legal advice I had when editing a magazine, the fact that something is a hand-drawn original, and not a tracing or a copy makes a huge difference to how it is treated legally, at least in the UK.

Also... some things which are protected in the real world would not transfer to the virtual world if the original registration did not cover that. It has been the subject of much discussion whether virtual goods can be treated exactly as RL goods, and whether companies can extend their legal protection into virtual worlds simply by wanting to. As far as I know, this varies from country to country, and type of item involved.

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The Smurfs aren't owned by Disney. I'm fairly certain they're still in the hands of Studio Peyo.

Edit to add: Sony currently hold movie rights. Ultimate copyright on the Smurfs themselves is apparently shared between Peyo (his descendants) and Belgian company called IMPS.

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And now I find myself wondering, did the dress's designer get permission to use Smurfette?
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Nope, that's the point. If you hand-draw your copy, and don't call it Winnie the Pooh you're ok.
But the point is that your point is not correct.
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You guys, stop fucking up my evil copyright-ignoring diva thread with your talk about .. Oh.

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Nope, that's the point. If you hand-draw your copy, and don't call it Winnie the Pooh you're ok. It becomes an original artwork
Only if the character is not identifyable as winnie the pooh.
Exceptions are, as usual, things like parodies.

EDIT: Of course it also depends on the country et al.

Edit edit: And while we're on topic, have some awesome alt art:

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Considering that the last Milne work with Winnie-the-Pooh was published in '27 I think that means the original character is fair game, include for art. The first use of the red shirt wasn't even Disney, but it was done in the 30s, so it might still be protected.

But yes, it is Peyo that owns the Smurfs, I should have remembered, since I had some from before the cartoon.
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In the UK, copyright lasts until 70 years after the death of the artist. E.H. Shepard died in the 1970's, so his illustrations are still well within copyright.
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Nope, that's the point. If you hand-draw your copy, and don't call it Winnie the Pooh you're ok. It becomes an original artwork, whether based on the Disney version or the Shepard out-of-copyright one. Unless the law has changed significantly, according to legal advice I had when editing a magazine, the fact that something is a hand-drawn original, and not a tracing or a copy makes a huge difference to how it is treated legally, at least in the UK.

Also... some things which are protected in the real world would not transfer to the virtual world if the original registration did not cover that. It has been the subject of much discussion whether virtual goods can be treated exactly as RL goods, and whether companies can extend their legal protection into virtual worlds simply by wanting to. As far as I know, this varies from country to country, and type of item involved.
I have had to deal with this issue a couple of times at the BBC and my advice from our legal department was quite clear - an image that is hand drawn but is still clearly identifiable will still infringe copyright. So in your example of Winnie-the-Pooh, it's not the fact that your image is hand-drawn, per se, that will satisfy the legal requirements, the criterion will be whether you hand-draw it sufficiently differently from the Shepard illustrations and sufficiently similarly to a generic teddy bear.
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I found a whole gallery of her at the Smurfs premiere and just drooled, 1) because her tits looks amazing and flawless in that dress and 2) because that dress looks flawless and amazing on her tits.
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Thank god she color-coordinated her panties with the dress.
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