Am I infringing copyright by repurposing old goods?
September 22, 2012 12:55 PM Subscribe
I have some questions about crafting and copyright. If I make objects out of old boardgames and then sell them online, am I running afoul of any copyright or trademark laws? As a contrived example, let's say that I make a lamp out of a Monopoly game, using the actual game board and pieces. If I try to sell it on Etsy, would Hasbro have any kind of claim against me?
posted by chrisamiller to Law & Government (10 answers total) 4 users marked this as a favorite
You are not my lawyer and this is not legal advice, but I'm having trouble tracking down legit information online and could use some assistance. I keep finding forum posts that use the term "found art", as well as many suggestions that as long as I'm substantially altering the item and not selling it as a board game, then I should be fine, but I'd feel better if I could find a source that was more reliable than Joe Schmoe on the internet. Pointers to reliable references explaining the legality of this would be appreciated. Thanks!