Hi, all -
I just would like to share a comment or two about my experience, if I may.
notes: I do not own a business. I only bake for family and immediate friends. I do not charge for them, as they are my gift for whatever the occasion. If I get a request for a cake that is out of my reach, I always refer them to any local professional baker for the much better-quality cake they deserve. (I think I've made a total of five cakes in two or three years...) Toward that end, here's my contribution to the conversation -
I wrote to request permission to recreate a particular, recognizable Disney item, and also a related silhouette image, to go on a cake for a family event. I was very descriptive in my terms and plans per their request. Their response was gracious and respectful, more prompt than expected, and mindful of my use and intent. Unfortunately, my request was declined, which I can understand why and choose to abide by at all levels. So, strictly IN MY OPINION, it is not safe to presume that recreating something for no financial gain is generally acceptable. One would need to seek proper advice as they see fit.
I am glad I went about things this way and got answers to my questions. Thanks for listening...