I agree with everyone. Stay away from copyright infringement. Especially Disney related characters--Even when it comes to similar likeness (say you were to change a minor color or detail and do say "cartoon mouse") Here's a little story--I live in central florida and even worked for the rat when I was younger. It wasn't a cake, but there was a birthday/special event costume business in the Kissimmee area that had a costume called "Orange Tiger"--guess which that one was. Disney sued, and even though it wasn't a direct copy, they won--they have the money to pursue you and win.
And pretty much every wilton character pan I have with the exception of some older vintage ones say in the stamp in the aluminum "For Home Use Only"
You absolutely can get in trouble for re creating trademark or copy written stuff on a cake and selling it. This goes for disney, video games, sports team logos, anything! Disney and Major League Baseball are the worst and both employ "hunters" who go around looking for people to sue. I tell all my customers that I prefer to used officially licensed merchandise of some kind for their cake. It doesn't have to be something designed as a cake topper, anthing that can be sanitized works. Bath squeezies, bobble heads, action figures, be creative. As for Disney, there are a ton of edible lay on's available out there. My next go to move in these situations is to offer generic cartoon mouse number one or the like...
How do you find characters are licensed or not?
Good answer Eileen, love the second paragraph.
Copyright is a tough one, I've seen so many people selling character cakes that it's really hard to know where the line is and when you should say no to a customer. I was just reading a blog:
copyright is one of their reasons to turn down the order. I like their advice of buying a licensed edible image or topper as this is a good way around it. But as far as making a character cake to depict the character itself, I now have to say no and explain the reasons. Hopefully they will be happy to work with you using a licensed product.
Utilizing someone else's outline without their authorization dangers encroaching their protected innovation rights, including their copyrights, trademark rights, and identity rights. Even a little change damage these rights. Utilization of these trademark outlines in the home or as a present for a companion is substantially more solid as reasonable use. For functional purposes, the rights proprietors aren't going to think about such utilize – or even give it a second thought. They are a great deal more worried with across the board use in the open for a benefit. On the off chance that the nearby dough puncher makes any copyright character for cake adornment and something happens to the client in view of it then they would imagine that the organization is to be blamed. In addition, Its preferable to take consent over taking.
On the off chance that you need to improve benefit its to do a careful overview on this matter. Indeed, even I have seen numerous bakers utilizing these trademark characters for cake decoration. Be that as it may, some best restaurant dessert suppliers opposed to replicating they as a rule make their own particular characters and finish the cake in more custom way according to their customer's wish.
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