Here’s another plush unauthorized My Little Pony project! These turn up from time to time. Sorry for not keeping you up to date on all of them, but most of them just aren’t hilarious.
This one’s about what you would expect. Someone wants some money to make a bunch of plushes featuring characters from Hasbro’s telvision show “My Little Pony : Friendship is Magic”
So why am I featuring this one? Well this caught my eye. It has a potential to be hilarious.
From the FAQ
No. That’s completely wrong. Copyright also covers “Derivative Works”, which is why you can’t publish your own Harry Potter books, even if you don’t copy a single word from J.K.Rowling. Worse than that, in 1978 the courts ruled (Walt Disney v. The ‘Air Pirates) that characters themselves are copyrighted, and using them in another work is copyright infringement.
So to recap, you’re creating a derivitive work of MLP:FiM, for which they can nail you, also you’re copying several characters, for which they can also nail you.
She goes on for a few paragraphs about how she “may” be violating Hasbro’s trademarks, and then finally ends on this :
Wanna place a friendly wager on that? Judging from recent other MLP plushies projects, I give you about a 50% odds of lasting long enough to collect the money.
This woman wants to manufacture small ceramic (or possibly plush) figures to give to people on their birthdays. There would be twelve designs, one for each month, but she can’t tell us about them because that would ruin the surprise.
She does offer us this one possible design (apparently in crayon?) for the January figurine (or plush).
I’m not sure why the little kid has an icon on his butt like he’s a My Little Pony, but apparently that kid will appear in all the figurines. (or plushes)
The Best Part :
But the best part of this project is the video. Check this out :
The video is a strange business proposal and it’s written in a language that is not formal English, but it’s what you might think formal English was like if your only exposure to it was from the nerdy character on a sit-com.
There’s a lot of big words in this video, and I don’t think she knows what half of them mean.
The Video :
Go ahead and watch it yourself. It’s really awkward, you’ll feel embarrassed for the presenter before it’s over.
The Rewards :
I get my name on a website and I get a signed certificate?!?
Sorry, an authentically signed certificate!
I can’t tell you how many times I’ve been burned by fake signed certificates from people selling figurines (or plushes) on the Internet!
Better than that, it’s going to be stamped by a “Sealed embosser”. Personally, I don’t know how she’s going to use her embosser while it’s still sealed in its box, but I’m sure she’ll figure it out.
You think she meant “Seal Embosser”? (ie, a device that embosses a seal?)
These people are trying to raise $5,000 to manufacture plush toys in the shape of an adorable pony named Luna.
Now, I know what you’re thinking, but you’d be wrong! This isn’t a My Little Pony project at all!
See? This is a plush toy about a cat who turned into a pony! Completely innocent! It’s certainly a legally distinct, completely original character, right?
Why, I’ll bet the creators of this Kickstarter would be shocked to learn that Hasbro’s “Friendship is Magic“, by shear chance, has a very similar character, also named Luna!
Woa! What a coincidence!
(Incidentally, While Hasbro’s Princess Luna accessorizes with a black tiara, this Luna accessorizes with a … DJ headset? … Made of carbon-fiber? … For some reason?)
LATE BREAKING UPDATE : After I wrote this post, the creator of this Kickstarter responded to the obvious accusations that this was blatant intellectual property theft.
Click Here to Read it.
I didn’t highlight any parts of it, because the whole thing is just so hilarious and adorably child-like. It’s funny enough that they’re intentionally refusing to understand the concept of “derivative works”, which is generally understood to prohibit character rip-offs like this, but what I find really funny is the way they’re intentionally misspelling “Copyright” and “Trademark”. No doubt that is supposed to make some sort of point that can only be understood by the anti-copyright evangelists at ChillingEffects,com (The site they linked to “explain” copyright.).
LATER BREAKING UPDATE : Uh oh! One of the backers has cracked the code!
Click here for an update to this project.