Tell me about it. I used to run a "garage kit" company making resin models of aircraft and spacecraft projects (things like the X-20 Dyna Soar). Boeing now wants something like 5% of the sales price AND $1000 to give a license. Well, there's a problem.... one of the kits I made (and have sittign in boxes in my basement) was to have a slaes price of $4 each, and I made 100 of them (which I figured would saturate the market and I wouldn't sell all of them. Anybod care to do the math?
Waht *really* sucks is that these are models of things designed under governemtn contract, which, once declassified, puts them in the public domain. But even somethign like the Apollo capsule or Space Shuttle are now being glommed onto as Intellectual Property. It has gotten sufficiently bad that if you were a good sketch artist and you meke drawings of airplanes, they can gig you for trying to sell a drawing of, say, a P-51 Mustang.
It has gotten sufficiently bad that if you were a good sketch artist and you meke drawings of airplanes, they can gig you for trying to sell a drawing of, say, a P-51 Mustang.
So I wonder how this will affect the Aviaiton Art world?
I buy several prints a year - Robert Taylor, Nick Trudgian - good stuff. Will they be forced to pay a roylaty when they paint a P-51?
Will Alone No More by Bill Phillips require royalties for both the Spits and the B-17?
Oh - no- the Spits are English... unless they jump into the game.
Where does it stop?
posted on 01/31/2005 7:55:57 AM PST
(Let the embeds check the bodies!)
Got any good obscure non-space stuff?
posted on 01/31/2005 8:27:57 AM PST
Same thing in photography. Some cities want royalties for photos of their skylines. Of course, celebrities have their faces copyrighted. If you photograph a building, there's a good chance building management will want a royalty. I think some colleges, like the University of Texas want a royalty if you sell photos of the UT tower, but I'm not sure. I've even heard of some places wanting royalties for selling photographs of natural formations, etc.
Shakespeare was right. "The first thing let's do is..."
posted on 01/31/2005 8:57:15 AM PST
by Richard Kimball
(We sleep soundly in our beds because rough men are ready to do violence on our behalf)
Waht *really* sucks is that these are models of things designed under governemtn contract, which, once declassified, puts them in the public domain
That's the way it was before trial lawyers ran the country. The Federal Government should slap these greedy scumbags down. We, the taxpayers, paid for those airplanes. That the government refuses to support the Public Domain rights of the people, clearly shows that government has become too corrupt to defend the rights of the people....IMHO
posted on 01/31/2005 9:53:52 AM PST
(Restore the Constitution)
When is your next garage sale?
posted on 01/31/2005 11:58:54 AM PST
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