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.
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.
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.