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Is it 'legal' to make a license character with gp / fondant

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I have a question, some bakeries / decorators use the 'toy' and some use gumpaste / fondant to make licensed characters on cakes. From my understanding, it is illegal to make a licensed character for a cake, even if you are licensed. But , what is the real answer. Because i don't want to get in trouble by making a mickey mouse and be sued by disney or a cars theme, etc. I see some doing it, but i am a little worried. Whats the info on this. I have seen a very big bakery actually say , it is illegal, and they will not make it they only use the toy. thanks in advance
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You can not make licensed characters for a cake you are going to sell. It's better to either place figurines that you have purchased or have the client do it and add it to the cake after.
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Originally Posted by curlsandcrowns

I have a question, some bakeries / decorators use the 'toy' and some use gumpaste / fondant to make licensed characters on cakes. From my understanding, it is illegal to make a licensed character for a cake, even if you are licensed. But , what is the real answer. Because i don't want to get in trouble by making a mickey mouse and be sued by disney or a cars theme, etc. I see some doing it, but i am a little worried. Whats the info on this. I have seen a very big bakery actually say , it is illegal, and they will not make it they only use the toy. thanks in advance



The material it is made out of is irrelevant--it is the image of the character that matters whether it is in the form of a pan, a scultped figure, made from fondant, or piped with buttercream.
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It's a copyright issue. If you make your child a Mickey Mouse cake for their birthday, that's legal, but you can't sell the same cake for a profit. If the client wants to check into getting a copy right release ( in writing) so that you can do the cake, then you can do it. Some characters will charge a nominal fee to use their image/likeness, others are much more stringent about it.
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