How do I get permission to use Disney characters?

In order to use the characters legally, you must request permission from Disney Enterprises. Multiple corporate entities of Disney own many of the intellectual property rights of Disney characters. To learn more about which Disney entity owns the character you want to use, visit the Disney website.

Disney’s intake form will direct you to DecoPac, the licensed company. Set up an account with them and if you want, say, an image from “Frozen,” you pay for the right to use it. The intake-form links on Disney’s licensing website can steer you to some of the licensees.

Can you legally use Disney images?

A Disney character’s name or image can be used without a license if it is a fair use. “Fair use” is a term that broadly refers to using the image in a limited manner that promotes freedom of expression.

Can I draw Disney characters and sell them?

You cannot sell your drawings of Disney characters because, by doing so, you would be infringing on The Walt Disney Company’s copyrights and trademarks. These characters are their intellectual property.

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How can I sell Disney Crafts legally?

You cannot legally make and sell any product with Disney lyrics, quotes, or characters on it without permission from The Walt Disney World Company.

What Disney characters are public domain?

Rapunzel, Snow White, Aladdin, Cinderella, Robin Hood, Long John Silver, and Alice from Alice in Wonderland are all public domain characters. However, you can’t depict any of them in a way too similar to Disney’s portrayals and must either find a new way to do so, or cleave closer to the original source material.

In general, the permissions process involves a simple five-step procedure:

  1. Determine if permission is needed.
  2. Identify the owner.
  3. Identify the rights needed.
  4. Contact the owner and negotiate whether payment is required.
  5. Get your permission agreement in writing.

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Does Disney own Cinderella?

Disney doesn’t own the rights to Cinderella, they own the rights to the version of Cinderella they made. Cinderella’s a folk-tale. Public domain. Disney’s version is Disney’s.

Is painting Disney characters illegal?

No you cannot paint, offer for sale, sell, or otherwise tinker with a Disney character, at least it is illegal without an express license from the Walt Disney company.

Can Disney characters draw?

Yes, it is ok to draw Disney Characters. But if you sell or publically display the drawings, Mickey will go after you for Copyright Infringement and he is relentless!

Can you get sued for drawing Disney characters?

Yes. They can and they will. The character of Mickey Mouse is trademarked and Disney enforces their intellectual property rights with extreme vigor. Disney once sued 3 Florida daycare centers for an unlicensed original mural which had Disney characters in it.

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Is drawing Mickey Mouse illegal?

Selling any product on which Mickey Mouse — or any other fictional character created by someone other than you — is unlawful under both copyright law and, likely, trademark law.

Can I draw copyrighted characters?

Any commercial use of a copyrighted cartoon character without permission of the copyright holder is a violation of law. This includes the sale of any drawings or art works, either by themselves or in some other form such as on a T-shirt, team logo, advertisement, billboard, or promotional design.

Can I make and sell Mickey Mouse ears?

Mouse ears are a definite yes. There are a vast amount of shops who sell mouse ears, and they are legally allowed to. Disney does not own the rights to mouse ears. What they do own the rights to is Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse.

Does Disney go after Etsy shops?

… Etsy, a popular online shop where people can sell their handmade items, is now the target of Disney. In an effort to garner some business for their small shop, Etsy sellers have made their own homemade Baby Yoda plushies and toys- but Disney quickly caught on.

The answer is, if you are creating fan art whether for profit or not, any copyrighted character or use of trademark in a description or title without prior written consent from the copyright owner, then selling fan art is illegal but making fan art is not illegal.

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