I am just starting out. I make tons of cakes and I am trying to do the right thing and start following the copyright laws as my business grows. I still make cakes for family that are free (including my own kids). So I am not sure I understand the copyright laws. I see tons of cakes on here that break the laws by my understanding. I also see them on shows on TV. I know that if its free then you can make whatever you would like. But, after that I am not really sure I understand anything. Please help.
The cakes on here are not breaking the laws unless the person sold a cake with a copyrighted image and didn't get permission. The keys words are sold and permission. Permission to use a copyrighted image has been granted to some on a one time basis, but you have to ask. (Disney never grants permission or so I am told)
If you see it on tv, you can be sure that the lawyers for the station the show is on have received permission from the copyright holder to use the design.