Dr. Suess Copyright Permission

Business By experimenting Updated 2 Dec 2013 , 10:00pm by th97

experimenting Posted 23 Nov 2013 , 2:10am
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Has anyone had luck getting permission to do a Dr. Suess cake?


I've sent a request to 2 possible emails with an explanation that it's for Icing Smiles and for a terminally ill child, in hopes that that might sway them to give me permission.

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jason_kraft Posted 23 Nov 2013 , 5:35am
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AI recommend contacting the copyright owner by phone if you aren't hearing back from emails. Susan Brandt is in charge of licensing.

Dr. Seuss Enterprises (858) 459-9744

experimenting Posted 23 Nov 2013 , 4:22pm
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Thank you Jason! Much appreciated.


Can I ask you a follow up question? I expressed my concern to my IS representative and she said, "...if the baker is willing, we are also willing to accept the risk in order to serve these families. Because volunteers are individuals serving others for no profit, we consider the cake to be for personal use and is of little risk trademark owners would see an organization serving critically-ill children as damaging their trademark. That said, for assurance, we do carry liability insurance that covers us and our volunteers."


Does that make is safe for me to do a copyrighted cake without permission?

jason_kraft Posted 23 Nov 2013 , 5:18pm
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AGiven IS's position on the matter I wouldn't have a problem using the copyrighted images without permission, but I would still avoid publicly posting images of the cake.

-K8memphis Posted 23 Nov 2013 , 5:27pm
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maybe -- but it's not up to icing smiles to determine how dr seuss will proceed if they do proceed with anything imo --


and if they are that together then maybe get them to use their clout to get the attention you are requesting --


hope that all works out very well green eggs, 5,000 hats & all

experimenting Posted 23 Nov 2013 , 6:32pm
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Thank you Jason and K8!


I'm going to continue to try to get permission until Thanksgiving, but I've decided to do the cake regardless. I know there's a risk if I don't get permission, but this is an important cake and I want to give the girl what she wants. So, maybe I don't post the photos. That's fine.


Thank you both for your input!

-K8memphis Posted 23 Nov 2013 , 10:55pm
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dr suess would turn in his grave if his peeps took action --


i wish you more than the best in this sweet effort

experimenting Posted 2 Dec 2013 , 8:50pm
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I spoke with Susan Brandt and she said as long as no one benefited financially from the cake, then I'm good to go! I'll post the photos soon :) She even asked me to email her the photos so they can share it on their fb page.

-K8memphis Posted 2 Dec 2013 , 8:52pm
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th97 Posted 2 Dec 2013 , 10:00pm
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That is excellent news, such a great cause!

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