Recently, Disney has taken legal action against numerous Etsy sellers who are allegedly selling items with designs that infringe on copyrighted intellectual property. This includes unauthorized products featuring characters from popular films such as Frozen, The Lion King, and Aladdin. Disney alleges that the infringing items have caused substantial harm to its business.
The company is seeking damages for copyright infringement, unfair competition, and violation of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA). It also wants a court-ordered injunction prohibiting the Etsy sellers from any further sales or distribution of the infringing items.
Etsy is taking a hard stance on copyright infringement and has removed hundreds of listings in response to Disney’s complaint. They have also suspended several shops while they investigate the matter further.
Disney’s lawsuit could set an important precedent for other companies attempting to protect their intellectual property online. It emphasizes the importance of copyright law and serves as a warning to individuals who are selling counterfeit goods without permission. By taking this action, Disney is not only sending a message about protecting its own brand but also setting an example for other companies facing similar issues.
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Disney has sued a Florida Business for Trademark and Copyright Infringement.
They were creating mouse ears and reselling them. And not only just the iconic mouse ears, but they were actually also creating other like-themed apparel based on Disney characters.
That is not only strong and wrong, It’s just something that you cannot do if you’re intending to make money off of it.
Disney sent them a cease and desist, and the Florida Business was like y’all playing games, y’all not, y’all not really about that life,
And Disney was like, okay, you have forced our hand, and so they filed a lawsuit in December of 2022.
What does this means for us when we are creating content, and we are monetizing various things, and really just trying to make money?
So here’s what it means
It means that you cannot use someone else’s stuff like respecting other people’s Intellectual property.
Currently, Mickey Mouse is not in the public domain. Actually, I think the very first version of mickey mouse is going to go into the public domain on January 1st of, 2024.
Steer clear of it unless it’s for your personal use. Generally, the exception to Trademark and Copyright Infringement,
In this case, Primarily Copyright Infringement, Is if you’re creating something for your own personal enjoyment and benefit.