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Engine Wiper

Posted - 04/11/2019 :  11:48:56 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
IH ad dreamed of placing in my New Capitol R.R. layout, An HO scale Mc donalds, as well as a Burger Chef. So when I heard that in the 1970s, Life Like came out with a classic version of the gold arches, it was my chance, only to learn it was \not only rare, but that the Miceky D staff sic'ed the legal eagles on like Like, forcing them to pull the structure kit off the shelves. Does that mean if I own such a kit or scratchbuild one for my lay out, will I be in court and in legal trouble with the franchises for Mickey D's and the burger chef? By the by, I didnt care for the Vollmer foreign versions of the said eateries.
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--from Looney Tunes' Fox Pop

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Posted - 04/12/2019 :  10:19:31 AM  Show Profile  Visit jbvb's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Lawyers are lawyers. But they congregate where the money is. I could imagine you getting hassled if your model starred in a social media post that got 10 million views, but not over Trackside Photos in MR.

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Posted - 04/12/2019 :  5:28:54 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I am not a lawyer, but if you built a model for yourself and then a photograph was published, it's not clear to me (either way) if that would constitute copyright/trademark infringement. Nor would it be clear to me who would be guilty, the modeler or the publisher.


Modeling 1890s (because the voices in my head told me to)

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Tyson Rayles

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Posted - 04/13/2019 :  08:37:23 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Pelle has many pics of well known eateries, hotels, gas station and what have you that he has built in a ton of issues of MR and I hadn't heard of him being sued. However if you decide to start selling your models on the open market then you might have a problem.

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Crew Chief

Posted - 04/13/2019 :  2:20:25 PM  Show Profile  Visit darrylhuffman's Homepage  Reply with Quote
People with trademarks are very protective of them.

For a while no-one could produce a Union Pacific model without their permission.

When I opened my first video store in 1980, Disney made me remove my Mickey Mouse artwork on my front door.

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