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Hi.As far as I know my supplier doesn't have the license, but his products are not exactly same as cartoon characters and are not marked or named as those characters.
I send You a link to the manufacturers product pictures : http://www.smyk.go3.pl/galeria.php?id=bieguny
Some of the characters I've mentioned (like spider-man) are not there so You would not be able to see the pictures.
Hi, Thank you. I have received this. I will have a look at the pictures. I am away from my computer but will be back at 5pm. Kind regards AJ
Apart from that what I have previously mentioned I have contacted eBay and Amazon and their customer service representatives claim that I do not need to any license to sell cartoon character toys on their marketplaces.
Hi, Thank you. You do not need a license from eBay or amazon on the sense that they are not a licensing authority for copyright.
When it comes to copyright (which is what these items might be protected by) there is no formal registration or licensing authority.
It is the prerogative of the copy right owner to protect their copyright.
The problem you have is, by importing something that you know is potentially a copy of someone elses intellectual property you could be committing secondary infringement under S.22 of the Copyright Designs and Patent Act 1988.
This is potentially a criminal offence.
Do you know whether your supplier has permission to produce these goods?
As far as I know my supplier has no copyrights for the products that he sells but as I've previously mentioned most of the items are not identical as famous cartoon characters
Please see it yourself on the website I've sent You.
apart form sipierman because this is an obvious case of the character created by someone and it doesn't exists in nature like lets say scooby doo that is just a normal dog
I've seen many items on sale on all marketplaces that don't look like the originals but are very similar and they sell in large quantities for pennies and I would not think that they are all licensed
Hi, Thank you. I have looked at the pictures. There is no doubt in my mind that I would associate these with pre existing characters from say Disney.
Objectively you would have to say these do look like copied characters.
I would only say in my opinion both objectively and legally, if you sell these you run the risk of receiving a cease and desist letter and possibly being injected to account for profits made and delivery up of the goods purchased.
Further more you risk criminal liability for secondary infringement.
is this my responsibility to check if the toys are licensed or is this my suppliers responsibility?
I am sorry to deliver bad news, but these toys are so recognisable there is a considerable risk in selling them when they have not been produced under licence from the copyright owner concerned.
Yes under S.22 of the CDPA 1988 you would have a responsibility as you are importing them and selling.
You may just receiving a letter telling you to stop. But this is the risk you run.
Can I license this products myself somehow?
If you are going to do this, I would be careful about how much stock you purchase up front.
You would either need to go to an authorised supplier from Disney or write to Disney yourself and ask for a license.
I look forward to hearing from you.
No problem. If you have any further question I am happy to assist. Kind regards AJ
well I've got a few more questions
but I don't know If You would consider them as the same subject
I would like to ask what kind of certifications those toys need to be legal to sell in the UK?
Hi, Thanks. This is not so much my area. I can point you in the right direction of where to officially obtain this information, but I cannot profess to have to huge amounts of experience in this area.
If you contact the HSE
This will be a great starting point.
I am happy to assist if I can. In the mean time any feedback is gratefully received.
what institution gives licenses for selling products?
do I need to contact Disney directly or is there any other institution in the UK I should go to
Hi, Thank you. if you want a license to sell a copyright product. You need to contact the copyright owner.
That would be Disney in this circumstance
Kind regards AJ
ok thank Yolu
Best Regards ***** ***** a nice evening.
No problem. I will switch to Q and A mode. If you have any follow up points in the next few days please let me know.
I would be most grateful for any feedback in the mean time.
On the toy and hobby association website I found that even
"Small deviations from the original material may invalidate a copyright infringement."
so please tell me how hard would it be to prove that the toys are similar enough for the copyright holder to make a claim?