Is it legal to sell built free downloaded paper models?

Discussion in 'Feedback & Support Forum' started by Rocco13, Jul 24, 2008.

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  1. chanotrd

    chanotrd New Member

    You've spent the time building it, and you deserve the right to sell it:wave:
  2. burneggroll

    burneggroll New Member

    Great discussion. Good points raised by all.
    Are we talking about selling the plans, or the product built from the plans?
    Selling copies of free plans is obviously wrong.

    If I built a real car to look like the The Dukes of Hazzard's General Lee could I sell it? lee car for sale
    Why would you think building & selling a model car would be any different?

    What if I built a real house from free plans? What if I bought the plans? It doesn't make any difference. I can sell the house, no matter how big the house is. Selling the house built from the plans is ok.

    IMHO: Including the 'free' plans is thinking backwards. The 'free' plans become part of the sale and that makes it wrong.

    Selling copied music and/or movies is different. It willfully, wantonly, and intentionally deprives someone of rightful income. It does harm. That is actionable theft. Those persons should be sent to "that special place in Hell reserved for child molesters and people who talk in movie theaters."

    My 2-cent rant...
    * Do no evil. Do no harm. Copyright is my right to copy. True art cannot be copyrighted. Copies are good. Fakes, frauds, forgeries, and counterfeits are bad. Misrepresentation is a sin. The law is different everywhere. The 'law' is not always moral, ethical, or right.

    *quoted from a Shepard Book line in the tv series "Firefly"
    BTW - EULA is a poor example. No higher court, anywhere in the world, has ruled any such 'agreement' as enforceable.
  3. pqkawara

    pqkawara Guest

    I don't agree. When you sell a built model, free download or purchased kit, you are seeking compensation for your time, labor and the cost of materials. I absolutely do not see an issue here.
  4. sorcerer1089

    sorcerer1089 New Member

    Commission for UHU02's Samaritan

    I have been working on building Uhu02's Samaritan for the past few months, but the time to work on it has just not been there. I would like to know, if I compensate for time and material, if someone might like to take on this project for me. If there is a better thread to put this question out, I will gladly move it there.

    P.S. I know this approaches the edged of the rules laid out here, but I think it is still in safe territory. If a mod deems otherwise, then the request is withdrawn.
  5. Azurial

    Azurial New Member

    once a company releases something to the public they can not tell you how you are allowed to use it. Example - an artist puts out a CD and you buy it, copy it and post it online some where. once it is in your possesion you can do with that CD what you want. same goes with DVDs games and so on. Of course its questionable as to the content that you are uploading, selling or giving away otherwise.
  6. cgutzmer

    cgutzmer Active Member

    If thats the case Azurial why dont you try posting a bunch of movies and dvd's online then dropping the FBI a line and let them know you are the person that shared them all out. Please be sure to include your IP address and such for easy tracing. See if they feel the same way :) please let us know how it turns out!

    Unless of course I misunderstand your statement which is possible!
  7. mikehazard

    mikehazard New Member

    its legal to do whatever you want with the physical cd but not the content it contains the content can be put on your computer as backup legally but not posted online.
  8. alienhunger

    alienhunger New Member

    If GW doesn't give a flying peanut about pep's I'd sell my behn bleds for a buck and 3 Leman Russ for 2 and play pretend on infantries so Warhammer 40K would at least have a fanbase here in the Philippines :/

    ...I don't think they'd like that.
  9. Hamerskib

    Hamerskib New Member


    Good day
    I may be completely wrong, but here is my point of view:
    - The designer sells a product in flat, graphic form. The developments works and graphics belongs to him. It is important, that he sells it as a model (to be worked and modified, adding intellectual and physical content).
    - To make a copy (CD, scan, color copy etc.) and to distribute as it is without designer agreement is certainly an infringement.
    - When you make the model, you modify it on a unique way. Two models made even by the same person will not be exactly the same.
    Making the model you destroy the original designer work making it impossible to copy later by the new owner (protecting designer property).
    Sale represents payment for additional work of the maker, materials and his skills independent of those of the designer. In this sense the designer work is not sold anymore, but something containing it, in a small part.
    - It is important, that giving or selling the model designer authorizes to make it, so to modify it without his personal implication. Total work does not belongs to him anymore.
    - At the moment of sale the designer should specify, that any modification of his works is forbidden in order to make the sale illegal, which is a nonsense because this forbids the making of the model.
    - Only touchy part is when the model contains a corporation logo. This should be left separate, leaving to the new order to dispose of.

    From my part I would anyways asked for permission if the model is free.
    "Par politesse".

    B. Hamerski
  10. Vince

    Vince Member

    I guess it's a good thing that I don't have enough talent to make models someone would want to buy!
  11. Zathros

    Zathros Guest

    The guy in post #70 makes one contentious post, and disappears, TROLL!! :). I think I'm going to close this thread.
  12. Zathros

    Zathros Guest

    It's all been said, if you have a comment, read this thread, say your comment to your self, then move on to something else.

    Thread Closed :)
  13. EdMaz

    EdMaz New Member

    Great topic of discussion. I would say that if you buy the plans, your homefree. Start cutting and folding. Otherwise you are out of luck. It is kinda like stealing an idea from someone and making money on it.

    Sorry, missed the above post. Remove this if you want. I do not see a delete when I am in edit
  14. Rhaven Blaack

    Rhaven Blaack ADMINISTRATOR Administrator

    This thread is now closed.
  15. Zathros

    Zathros Guest

    Geez, I must of have closed the Thread, without actually closing that Thread!!, Don't worry about it Ed.
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