I'm new to CC and have just started my own at home business and want to do everything legitimately and legally so I've been reading A LOT! Yesterday I searched the topic of licensed characters and came up with mixed reviews. Some say no, some say yes, some say maybe...so which is it? I signed on this morning to find 3 out the 5 most liked cakes were character cakes, so what gives? Any knowledge, help is greatly appreciated!
it's purely an individual decision
and you can request permission from copyright holders too of course
specialty character pans are designed for home use not for re-sale
some make a 'scene' remniscent of the character's space and the client opr the caker can put some store bought figurines on it
some don't do it at all like you already know
it's your call how you do it
AIf you recreate a copyrighted character (in BC, fondant or gumpaste figures, or a cake from a shaped pan) on a cake for sale you must obtain permission from the copyright owner first, otherwise you are infringing the owner's copyright.
If you purchase and resell a licensed character figure you do not need permission, since there is no copying involved.
This is based on US copyright law.
Thank you both for the info!