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Wondering if it would be a violation of copyright to use the American Girl mailer to make an Instructable? Answered

I have an idea for an Instructable that would utilize the advertising mailers from the American Girl company.  I have read the definitions and the analysis, but thought I would ask here for more information.  This idea does not involve damaging the dolls or defacing the pictures.  It is a positive craft idea for young girls.  Thanks in advance for any advice.



Best Answer 7 years ago

If you are using them as raw materials or inspiration (rather than simply copying the image), then copyright ceases to be an issue.

Think of Warhol's soup-cans. Because he reproduced them as art, there was no issue with copyright.

You can deface the dolls as much as you like - they're yours, and you are giving them a significantly new identity. After all, Barbie never objected.

(Thanks for the "best")

I don't see how it could be a violation of copyright.  Generally companies only get angry if you start copying what they're selling and then start giving it away or selling it.  If you own the product, you can do what you want with it, and I'm guessing you didn't hijack a truck and steal a bunch of these mailers.

Good to go!