|the long hoof of the law
||[Jan. 16th, 2007|11:38 pm]
A lot of you are following this matter regarding the legalities of pony customizing.
A quick update for everyone (crossposted at the MLP Arena):
Yes, I did write back. Basically, I summarized my understanding of their e-mail and what I planned to do. Guessing at what's bugging Hasbro: the pics of boxes, logos, "My Little Pony" when describing customs, replicas, and designs based on existing ponies. I will add disclaimers to each page saying that "My Little Pony" is owned by Hasbro and the customs are not endorsed by them.
I asked to have my e-mail forwarded to the appropriate people at Hasbro, so they can determine if further changes need to be made on my website. I tried to explain how customizing really helps to increase interest in ponies and makes the fans happy (which in turn increases sales for them). I'm not asking to have free reign in terms of customizing, but just hoping that Hasbro will meet us collectors/customizers somewhere in the middle.
The lawyer wrote back today, saying that she will get back to me after hearing from Hasbro. So, to answer everyone's question...the e-mail is indeed real. The domain of the e-mail address matches the law firm which Hasbro uses. I seriously doubt someone is intercepting that law firm's e-mail! I agree that they might have sent a snail mail letter or called if e-mail didn't work. It is generally a good idea to answer ANY legal concerns promptly.
I've really been wondering, "why now and why my customs?" A change in management at Hasbro? Too many calls asking which stores stocked "Princess Broccoli" during the holiday season? Or maybe some early replica customs which were recently re-sold on eBay because the owner needed money? That last possibility might lead them to think I was making a large number of them. Also, with the replicas, there's a chance that someone would pass them off as the real thing (even though they are all signed).
This is a significant event, since Hasbro hasn't asked anyone to remove custom ponies from their websites until this point in time. However, we're still unclear WHICH custom ponies are problematic from Hasbro's point of view. Just hoping their answer isn't going to be "ALL of the ones made from MLP bases". I'll definitely keep everyone updated on the situation.
Thanks for all of the support! ^_^