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Copyright/Trademark material.

I just want to make sure I understand this correctly: Unless you have written consent to use or recreate a copyrighted or trademarked item, you cannot do so, correct? I saw someone say today that it's okay to "recreate the item if you make it 100% by you" but that didn't make sense to me.

If someone paints a picture of Super Mario characters and sells it, that's against the copyright/trademark laws, right?

I found them here:
www.nintendo.com/corp/legal.jsp

But wanted to be 100% sure in understanding.

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your understanding is correct
Excellent, thank you.

It's the same thing like me. I designed a photo frame using disney characters and I heard some say that it 's illegal to use that. So why sell stickers and items of characters if you can't use it to create something of your own?

I too am confused as to this. Here are some of the items I made using disney characters. If it is illega, please let me know as I will delete them from my files. I want no legal issues. I can't afford any legal issues.

www.etsy.com/listing/70190185/custom-photo-frame-mickey-mouse-and

www.etsy.com/listing/77054355/custom-photo-frame-winnie-the-pooh
you can do it for personal use, but not to sell.
the issue arises when you try to sell a product of your own, that has someone else trademark on it, or copyrighted artwork on it. as well as using their trademarked name to advertise it
I'm actually not confused by it, I just wanted to make sure. I have a friend going to a copyright lawyer next week and I don't want her to get in trouble for these items
jackie - disney is notorious for going after copyright infringement - If I were you I'd take them down.
You should probably take those down, Jackie.
i was just going to say, Disney has a history of going after copyright infringement. Ok to make for yourself, but not to sell.

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