Recently I've faced a business plan description, where someone suggested to start business of 3D printing. And one of the use-cases is to print models of movies, comics characters and so on.

And my question is: is it legal to print a model (model is developed by businessman himself) of such characters for sale without permission?


To use the likeness of any copyrighted material you will need to either own the copyright or have a licence from the copyright holder to do so. It is the same as if you were selling paintings of copyrighted material.

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    The question is also tagged with "trademark". Could you add some information about trademark issues? – Philipp Sep 30 '16 at 15:03
  • So that "ideal" model is based on purchasing licences, which are pretty expensive? – Gino Pane Sep 30 '16 at 20:03
  • There is no difference (in these terms) between copyrighted and trademarked material – Topher Brink Oct 3 '16 at 14:40

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