Just To Throw A Wrench Into The Copyright Issue

Business By jillmakescakes Updated 8 Aug 2010 , 7:33pm by jason_kraft

jillmakescakes Posted 8 Aug 2010 , 6:50pm
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Ok, so I have a genuine question- how to copyright laws work/apply if the copyright is from overseas?

For example, can UK bakers make designs that were copyrighted here in the US without fear of prosecution, or are there international copyright laws?

Same for Cananda vs US? My oldest loves a canadian cartoon- can that character be made in the US without issues?

I am not trying to start a heated discussion, but rather I am actually curious.

Discuss....

3 replies
CNCS Posted 8 Aug 2010 , 7:10pm
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I would say the copyright is world wide no matter what.

rainbow_kisses Posted 8 Aug 2010 , 7:15pm
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The copyright laws are pretty much worldwide but every country interprets them slightly differently. But does not matter where you are you can still not sell a copyrighted image, character. It is someone's work and you have to have permission to sell it. You can copy it and use it personally as long as you are not making money from it. If you are making the cake for your daughter/son and not selling any slices you can use the character.

jason_kraft Posted 8 Aug 2010 , 7:33pm
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The Berne Convention governs international copyright. Just about every developed nation is a party to the convention and observes standardized copyright laws.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Berne_Convention_for_the_Protection_of_Literary_and_Artistic_Works

But if you're not selling the cake or posting pictures of the cake online, I wouldn't worry about it.

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