Restrictions & Fees
Everyone loves those adorable cakes that are replicas of our most beloved characters.
Unfortunately, most of these images are protected under copyright and trademark laws.
Written permission must be granted by the owner of the copyright or trademark in question.
There are some companies that are willing to grant me permission to create a cake using their image or logo.
Hasbro generously granted me permission to create my Optimus Prime Cake.
However, many will not grant permission, and I have no desire to become entangled in a copyright lawsuit.
Does this mean you can’t have your dream cake?
Absolutely not! It just means that we may need to discuss alternative options:
- I am happy to create your cake using a motif design that reflects the general theme, shapes and/or colors without infringing upon the copyright restrictions.
- You can purchase licensed items from a local party store that I am happy to design your cake around.
If your heart is absolutely set on having a cake replica that requires copyright usage approval, there are a few things you should know:
You must plan ahead, at least 6-8 weeks ahead.
- Written permission must be granted by the owner of the copyright or trademark in question.
- Depending on the person/company involved, it may take several weeks to get a reply and there is no guarantee that the request will be granted.
- In addition, I must receive the written authorization at least (2) two weeks prior to your event.
You must determine if YOU are willing to research who owns the rights and contact them directly, or if you would prefer that I handle that for you.
- If you should choose to perform this task yourself, there will be no additional fee. However, I do require that they send the written authorization directly to me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- If you would prefer, I am happy to make the request for a small fee. The fee amount is dependent on the type of contact available:
- Copyright usage approval by email – $10.00 per email request
- Copyright usage approval by telephone – $25.00 per phone request