Spotlight On: Artistic Freedom vs Copyright Infringement?
From time to time we like to post important Vinylmation news straight from the source. Custom artists read this, it’s very useful to know.
“First let me introduce myself, my name is Josh Edwards a.k.a. Crazy4Vinyls and I have been making custom vinylmations for over a year now. I’m not sure how many I have created since I first started but what happened to me recently took me by surprise. I recently finished a custom 12 piece Simpsons set that I created for a couple of reasons. The first was my love of the show and second I was inspired by a recent blue sky article on Vinylmation Kingdom. After I finished the set I listed most of the customs on ebay and thought nothing of it. A few days went by and I went to check on the listings and discovered that all of them were removed except for one. I saw in my messages that ebay was contacted by 20th Century Fox. This was considered a copyright infringement. I am not here to argue what they did was wrong because Fox does own the show and have the right to have the items removed. I was surprised because I have created numerous non-disney customs but this was the first time I’ve had items removed.
So the purpose of this article is to let other artists out there be aware that these kinds of things could happen as you create your next work of (non-disney) art!
Josh”Let us know if you’ve ever had problems selling your customs, we’d love to start a conversation about this.