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post #16 of 22
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Originally Posted by Pearl645

I have been getting tonnes of emails with wedding cake photos that wedding planners and brides have pulled off the net that they want re-produced. How do you handle this legally?



Simple...if you have no problems with reproducing someone else's design you agree to do it for the client. As others have mentioned designs are not protected by copyright and you have no legal obligation to ask for permission or to attribute credit. Now whether you should ask for permission and attribute credit is a different question. Legally, however, if the client wants the exact cake on the image and you are comfortable reproducing that image you are free to do so.[/i]
post #17 of 22
I prefer to do different designs for each person, but if someone brings me a picture of what they want I don't have a problem with that. it sure cuts down on the design time! and by the time I put the cake together I usually have changed some things...there comes a point in the decorating process where you have to stop looking at the picture and look at the cake to see if it's right or not. I think that I have something to that effect in my contract, about how exact reproductions aren't guaranteed, etc etc. It's unusual that people come and say they want exactly this without any changes,though.

It does make a difference if you pay the bills or not with cakes, too. When you start using the money for household expenses instead of having it be "extra" you tend to be more open to the idea of doing what the client wants and not what you want icon_wink.gif
post #18 of 22
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Great advice here. Really enjoyed your blog link costumeczar! icon_smile.gif Thanks everyone for your input. Feel better about handling this now.
post #19 of 22
.........tell them I can make the cake but it will NOT look exactly like the picture. I can get it close but it won't be an exact replica......

Here, here! This is exactly what I said.
post #20 of 22
So timely! I was just setting up some pictures on my FB page and started wondering about this. I posted the cake, noting that the design was inspired by her and then I started to worry I was doing something wrong. I hop on here to research it and BAM! I find a thread from yesterday! You guys are awesome!

And costumeczar, thanks for the link. I needed a giggle tonight! I just realized the coffee canister is empty. When I'm half awake in a few hours and faced with either 1) trying to recycle old coffee grinds, 2) begging a neighbor in my robe for a scoop of coffee beans, or 3) going to the supermarket in my pjs, I'll think of your article and smile.
post #21 of 22
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Originally Posted by costumeczar


Someone said that they'd taken a class with a famous cake person (who I won't name because it would make him look like an idiot) who was saying that he would love to see someone copy one of his cakes so that he could sue them for copyright infringement. Considering his cakes consist mostly of floral designs that are in no way original to him, that's a load of self-important crap IMO.

"I am sooo fancy! My flowers are copyrighted! Woo hoo, go me!" yeah yeah, get over yourself.





LMAO! I pretty much know who you're talking about and he doesn't really need any more help making himself look like an idiot icon_wink.gif

In my neck of the woods there is a cake business which calls itself "Copycat Cakes"...basically not a single original thought passes between their ears.

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post #22 of 22
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Originally Posted by Evoir

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Originally Posted by costumeczar


Someone said that they'd taken a class with a famous cake person (who I won't name because it would make him look like an idiot) who was saying that he would love to see someone copy one of his cakes so that he could sue them for copyright infringement. Considering his cakes consist mostly of floral designs that are in no way original to him, that's a load of self-important crap IMO.

"I am sooo fancy! My flowers are copyrighted! Woo hoo, go me!" yeah yeah, get over yourself.





LMAO! I pretty much know who you're talking about and he doesn't really need any more help making himself look like an idiot icon_wink.gif

In my neck of the woods there is a cake business which calls itself "Copycat Cakes"...basically not a single original thought passes between their ears.



That's hilarious!
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