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Old 06-19-2006, 04:35 AM   #1  
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My sister-in-law and I are starting a creft business. For right now, we're just going to sell at craft fairs, but we would like to start a website also. I know I can use SU stamps for the craft fairs, but now on a website.

Does anyone know if there are any restrictions on other companies paper or stickers? I made a really cute Mickey Mouse quart paint can and would like to sell those and posibbly some of the Princesses. I don't want to get in trouble making these. I can't find angel policies on some of the websites for paper manufacturers websites.

I've seen a link before on angel policies for scrapbooking companys, but I don't remember where
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Old 06-19-2006, 04:48 AM   #2  
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I know Disney has a secret police that literally goes around to craft fairs and confiscates stuff made with their images. There was someone who fought them, but her things were made with fabric, not paper. If you do an internet search for tabberone (I think that's the right spelling), you can find some info on them. I don't know if the same legalities would extend to Disney patterned papers.
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Yep. You need to contact the companies. Most have restrictions.
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Disney is distinctively *vigilant* in protecting their images and pursuing legal action against those that violate their copyrights. Unless you have purchased a license from them to use the images (knowing Disney, I'm sure we can all imagine how costly that license is) for the venture you describe, you will be in violation.

Many assume that if a company "has an angel policy" or is "an angel company", that it therefore means: you are free to make as many of any project you wish (for resale/personal gain) using the images as many times as you wish, etc., etc. But, in REALITY, many companies have very specific guidelines and limitations as to the number of products you can create and sell, as well as the number of times any certain image can be used in such endeavors, etc.

In other words, the consumer cannot interpret "Angel Policy" as any one particular policy that applies in blanket fashion to all companies.

The best thing for you to do to protect yourself, is to directly contact each of the manufacturers whose images you wish to use and find out specifically what their angel policy permits or does not permit.
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Disney is distinctively *vigilant* in protecting their images and pursuing legal action against those that violate their copyrights. Unless you have purchased a license from them to use the images (knowing Disney, I'm sure we can all imagine how costly that license is) for the venture you describe, you will be in violation.

Many assume that if a company "has an angel policy" or is "an angel company", that it therefore means: you are free to make as many of any project you wish (for resale/personal gain) using the images as many times as you wish, etc., etc. But, in REALITY, many companies have very specific guidelines and limitations as to the number of products you can create and sell, as well as the number of times any certain image can be used in such endeavors, etc.

In other words, the consumer cannot interpret "Angel Policy" as any one particular policy that applies in blanket fashion to all companies.

The best thing for you to do to protect yourself, is to directly contact each of the manufacturers whose images you wish to use and find out specifically what their angel policy permits or does not permit.
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Here's a link with a list of angel companies
http://www.littlebit.com/angelList/w...gelcompany.htm
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My sister-in-law and I are starting a creft business. For right now, we're just going to sell at craft fairs, but we would like to start a website also. I know I can use SU stamps for the craft fairs, but now on a website.

Does anyone know if there are any restrictions on other companies paper or stickers? I made a really cute Mickey Mouse quart paint can and would like to sell those and posibbly some of the Princesses. I don't want to get in trouble making these. I can't find angel policies on some of the websites for paper manufacturers websites.

I've seen a link before on angel policies for scrapbooking companys, but I don't remember where
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