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Old 19-06-2015, 12:22 PM   #1
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Hi Folks,

I have had a Sky 1 and UFO around for a while. If I wanted to start to produce and sell them do I need permission from ITC. The new Skydiver and Eagle seem to have it. Not looking to produce thousands just a hundred or so.

Any thoughts?

Thanks

Steve
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Old 22-06-2015, 01:40 PM   #2
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If you only sell 1 of each (ie they are models you have lying around pre-built that you want to sell)- you are fine.

If you make molds and sell multiples - you are in trouble without a license!
People have had 'cease and desist' orders filed against them just for making molds.

I looked into this many years ago with Lucasfilm and they did a really good deal for ltd edition runs, but that was before the Prequels were even a gleam in Lucas's eye. I was looking to do runs of 50 and it was a one of payment of 250 and final approval of the product. For that I also got access to the archives for reference (I doubt that would happen now they are part of Disney).

Contact ITC (or whoever has the license at this moment in time) and be honest with them upfront - you may be pleasantly surprised. But if they say NO! Take it with good grace.
And don't think you can sell under the radar - they will catch you trust me.
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Old 22-06-2015, 04:43 PM   #3
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you should be ok for a limited run the most you will get is a desist order remember it takes a lot of time and money to pursue a person ,bring it to court for what a 100 run of model kits .its just not worth it to the company
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Old 23-06-2015, 05:35 AM   #4
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Unless your the 'One' they decide to make an example of!
Your choice, your risk...
One plus side of being licensed is that there is a good chance you will sell out the run.
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Old 23-06-2015, 05:39 AM   #5
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Example: Warner's took Great Ormond St Hospital to court for painting a Batman murel on a wall, despite Public outcry and tabloid support- 4000 compensation paid out.

Warners stated; they had to protect their 'interlectural property'

As I said: your risk.
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Old 23-06-2015, 09:14 AM   #6
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Hi Folks,

I did notice that the new SkyDiver has Copyright ITC and licensed from ITV Ventures Ltd on the info page. So I might sound them out and see what is required.

Cheers,

Steve
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