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Real/Replica Muppets

Discussion in 'Puppet News' started by Drew, Jan 24, 2004.

  1. BlueFrackle

    BlueFrackle Active Member

    Thanks Kev!
  2. Yes!!!!! Excellent!!! Just like him.....The only skit i remember him in was when he was on the roof top Singin' that Willy Wonka song!!!! But Very Good work!
  3. Ryan

    Ryan New Member

    I'm still amazed by that everytime I see it. Beautiful job. Wanna trade? ;) :D
  4. Buck-Beaver

    Buck-Beaver Well-Known Member

    Well, I've stated (it's a fact not a suggestion) that yes, it is technically illegaly to reproduce a licensed character.

    "Fan art", that is a fan is a fan creating a painting or drawing of a character is sometimes technically copyright infringement and sometimes not. If you've seen Smig's Muppet fan art that's probably not an infringement because it's one artist's interpretation of a character which is covered as part of freedom of expression. Actually trying to duplicate an artist's work through any means (including building a replica of Kermit) is considered copyright infringement in the United States, Canada, the UK and most other countries . . . though Tztz can probably do it with inpunity over in Isreal! :p

    Now, before people starting complaining and flaming all I am saying here is that this is the law. We can rationalize all we want but it's a fact. I do agree that fan art is a tribute and as long as there is no commercial activity it should be fine. I've never heard about someone being sued for making their own Kermit or Piggy. Where you'll have trouble is if you try to sell it. I think most of us agree that that is absolutely wrong, bad and illegal.
  5. Jinx

    Jinx Member

    Well stated, buck.

    I don't think anyone here is suggesting that we send out the police to arrest everyone who has ever made anuthing that looks like a muppet. But at the bottom line, if (mind you I said IF) JHC wanted to tell you that you couldn't make any sort of replica, they would be well within their rights.

    Now, we also know that they are an incredibly smart bunch of people, and they are going to recognize the distinction between "fan art" and "rip-off", and choose their battles accordingly.

    Let's not forget that they love us! I think that they have shown incredible support to their fans over the years!
  6. Buck-Beaver

    Buck-Beaver Well-Known Member

    Well, that's probably what the producers of "Wimzie's House" thought! :p lol
  7. FrackleFan2012

    FrackleFan2012 Well-Known Member

  8. BlueFrackle

    BlueFrackle Active Member

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  9. FrackleFan2012

    FrackleFan2012 Well-Known Member

    Is it in great condition? If it's not, are you going to refurbish it?
    I like to have one of your's if you build another one if that's alright with you.

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