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post #1 of 32
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So I have an order for a mickey mouse cake...trouble is they have done some research!...I will attach the image they sent me..now Im pretty confident I can figure this out, (I usually do), but a little advice doesn't hurt..I assume I will have to do the head with Styrofoam, Ive never done a cake like this before, so any advice, maybe a few tutorials may help...thanks everyone[/img]
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My biggest piece of advice is to make sure you have a written copyright release from Disney before creating and selling this cake. The fines for copyright infringement are hefty. icon_sad.gif
post #3 of 32
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well lucky for me the cake was ordered by family haha...also don't think it will be on tv anytime soon icon_biggrin.gif..but most kids want there favorite characters for there cakes so if i worried about copyright laws Id probably wouldn't have many cakes to do.. icon_cry.gif
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WOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!attackofthecakes, that sounds really harsh and sarcastic .. maybe even borderline rude , especially since Piccollo was just trying to give you info that could save you a lot of problems . Disney can be really stiff when it come to thier copyrights. I am glad to know that this cake is for family and not for sale ,but you may want o reconsider your thought process when it come to copyright infringement .Just Sayin
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post #5 of 32
Maybe head and feet out of RKT. Or actually, I wonder if the Wilton 3D bear pan could work for this...?
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post #6 of 32
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sorry if you thought i was rude fleur..it wasn't meant to be, i was just kidding around. my point was that most of the time kids want the characters they love on cakes, not original designs, which believe me, i'd rather do an original design any day of the week. Looking around CC i see tons of Characters from Disney and others..So what does everyone do when it comes to this problem?
post #7 of 32
Seriously, PiccoloChellie gave you the best advice. If someone posts a picture of the cake on Facebook or Flickr, etc, Disney can trace it back to you. They do have people that surf the web and even monitor high school drama productions (I have a friend who is a drama coach) just looking for anyone who infringes on their copyright. Messing with Disney is serious business.
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post #8 of 32
When you use the word order, then that implies that the cake is being made for exchange of money. Doesn't matter of the cake is for family if money, compensation or favors change hands, then you are being paid to reproduce a copyrighted cake, which is illegal.

If the cake is for family and it is your gift you can make it with out any problems.

Just because kids want their favorite characters on a cake it doesn't mean that the laws don't exist. There are alot of things in this world I want, that I don't get.

There are ways to do cakes with characters that fall in to the legal realm of things, this one though, would not.

Please remember that just because you see cakes posted on CC or other places on the net, it doesn't always mean they were done and sold. There are many people here that have kids and will do those kinds of cakes for their kids only. I have some character cakes in my photos but no money changed hands for them, they were my gift to my nephew and to a friend's son.

And just because someone else does it, doesn't make it any less illegal.
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post #9 of 32
Quote:
Originally Posted by leah_s

Seriously, PiccoloChellie gave you the best advice. If someone posts a picture of the cake on Facebook or Flickr, etc, Disney can trace it back to you. They do have people that surf the web and even monitor high school drama productions (I have a friend who is a drama coach) just looking for anyone who infringes on their copyright. Messing with Disney is serious business.



BIG DITTO.

their images are their income.

so rabid to protect -- even when the image isn't sold but merely viewed in a commercial setting -- ala

http://www.snopes.com/disney/wdco/daycare.asp

now that's STRICT enforcement of copyright!
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post #10 of 32
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wow after that last one (texassugars) i feel like i should go to my room without dinner icon_eek.gif
post #11 of 32
I was just giving your information, as has everyone else. You can take it and do what you want with it, that's your choice.
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post #12 of 32
attackofthecakes, we're all giving you solid advice. It just sounds like it isn't what you want to hear. But we're still giving you the right advice.
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post #13 of 32
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Originally Posted by attackofthecakes

Looking around CC i see tons of Characters from Disney and others..So what does everyone do when it comes to this problem?



This is from my site's FAQ on this subject:

* Can I get a cake that looks just like a designer purse, cartoon character, sports team logo, etc?

Maybe. Before we can produce any cake, cupcake, cookie, or other treat designed to look like or using the logo of any trademarked image, a copyright release form must be issued by the copyright owner giving us permission to use it. This means if you'd like a cake with a famous mouse on it, for example, we can only make it once the written legal permission is in our hands. This includes shaped pans, edible images, and so on. You may obtain the release yourself, or we will attempt to obtain it for you at a cost of $20 per hour.
If a copyright release cannot be obtained, we will be happy to design a cake in complementary colors or in a complementary style to allow you to place toys or figures that you purchase on your cake.
Here's what it comes down to: if we don't have legal permission to use a trademarked image on a cake, we cannot sell you a cake using that trademarked image without breaking the law. We can legally sell you a red and white cake and you are free to place a set of toy mouse ears or a mouse figure that you purchase at the store on your cake.

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I make a fancy cake for my niece & nephew for their birthdays as my gift to them. If they wanted an iCarly cake or a Cleveland Indians cake, I could make that for them.
If a customer requested the Mickey cake you posted, I would not make the cake and would refer to that section of my FAQ. I'd do a Decopac or provide a base for them to place figures that they purchase, but legally that's all I'm able to do.
If my sister offered me $50 to make a logo'd Coach purse cake for her, I'd either make it for free or not make the cake at all.

*shrug*
It is what it is. It may seem harsh on Disney's part, or any any copyright holder's part, but that image is, as Doug said, their income.
post #14 of 32
Hey hey kids...c'mon...we're all friends here. Attackofthecakes: the others are right. The Disney police will get you. It really is unfortunate how difficult it can be with copyrighted characters, my best suggestion if you have a cake being paid for: make a cake with designs inspired by the character and then the client can buy a plastic topper of the character that matches. Ta-da! Problem solved. Now on the the question you asked...I would definitely use RKT for the head and feet, gumpaste for the ears, and modeling chocolate for the hands. That way all of the cake can be eaten and enjoyed. Good luck! This looks like a tough one!
post #15 of 32
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I understand and appreciate advice, and everything you guys said is correct, I just prefer it not to be in a condescending manner Texas. Anyway thanks for all the advice, I will definitely think twice before doing a Disney themed cake, Ironically someone just called me about doing a little mermaid cake ( pay cake).. icon_biggrin.gif ...turned it down, but offered to design an equally beautiful cake for them!!
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