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Variety: Disney Owns 6 of the Top 10 Licensed Franchises

Variety: With Star Wars and Princesses, Disney Now Has Six of the Top 10 Licensed Franchises

This was a little mind-blowing. Disney was the #1 licensor in the world last year, which speaks to the amount of Disney-related licensed products on the market—apparel, toys, flatware, bedsheets, etc. I was surprised that Winnie the Pooh and Cars were such big franchises for Disney, above Spiderman, even, but then I remembered all the Pooh Bear preschool merchandise and that Cars Land is still fairly new.

I’m looking forward to seeing how Disney manages its Star Wars licensees. I wonder whether they’ll continue to reissue figures the way Hasbro did in the past few years. This became common practice over the past few years, and I know a lot of collectors that stopped buying figures because they didn’t want to buy the same figure in a different packaging. In any case, I thought this article was interesting. I hadn’t really thought about licensing in this way before.

 

Upcoming Costumes 2011

I know we’re two weeks in, but Happy New Year! I’m trying to come up with an overall theme or direction for this blog, but until I can figure something out, I’ll just keep posting a hodge-podge of stuff.

Here’s what I hope to start working on soon:
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Four Days at Dragon*Con (Preview)

Lucasfilm Sends a C&D to makers of “real lightsaber”

Lucasfilm sent Wicked Lasers a cease and desist letter to stop them from making their laser swords.

Lucasfilm general counsel said, “It has come to our attention that a company called Wicked Lasers is selling a highly dangerous product out of Hong Kong that is designed to look like a lightsaber from Star Wars. This product is not licensed or approved by Lucasfilm in any way. We have demanded that Wicked Lasers immediately cease and desist their infringing activities. As Wicked Lasers itself admits, this product can cause serious injury to the user and other people. We strongly discourage consumers from purchasing it.”

(via Club Jade)

LFL sues Skywalker Outdoor

Really guys? Anyone could have seen this lawsuit coming from a parsec away. 😉

Lucasfilm sues to stop ‘Skywalker’ billboards

I’m still a little disappointed that Lucasfilm didn’t have any licensing internships for the summer… but maybe next year? Please?

Lucas loses copyright appeal over TK helmets

Times Online: Lucas loses Copyright Appeal…

(For all you non-nerds, a TK is a Stormtrooper. As in, “TK-421, why aren’t you at your post?”)

“[T]he Court of Appeal agreed that even though Mr Ainsworth did not own the design, he had not broken any British law because his creations were not art.”

According to the story, Lucas sued in California, got a default judgment against Ainsworth for $20 million, and tried, unsuccessfully, to enforce it in Britain. The British Court of Appeal said that the helmets weren’t sculpture or art (which would have been protectable under copyright,) they were industrial designs, which are only protectable for 15 years.

I think Lucasfilm is right that this could create a new precedent in England for propmakers and costumers to make and sell props that have fallen into the public domain. “Dr. Who” is a perfect example because it’s been on the air for decades. It’ll be interesting to see if the British Supreme Court reverses the COA in order to protect British film- and prop-makers. I wonder if it’s relevant that Ainsworth was commissioned to make the original helmets for the film—or if he realizes that there are a other guys with molds who can capitalize off of this decision. Ainsworth might not have as much of a niche market as he thinks, and since he’s successfully fought to have these helmets be in the public domain, he can’t really argue that he should be able to copyright them.

I have to say, though, that anyone saying that the helmet and armor have a “‘utilitarian’ rather than artistic purpose”—as the Justices did here—has obviously never worn either of them. 😉

Jabba the Hutt Costume

Rubies has recently made a Jabba the Hut costume. It looks pretty hilarious and would be an epically awesome Halloween costume.

Bonnie Burton, who works at Lucasfilm and writes for the SW Blog, got to try it out and wrote a review, complete with pictures and video. It’s truly a sight to behold.


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