Can I use Disney characters on a postcard that is for a nonprofit event?

Asked about 3 years ago - Amarillo, TX

The event is for youth, and they plan the event. They chose a Disney theme. Will Disney have an issue with this?

Attorney answers (3)

  1. Pamela Koslyn

    Contributor Level 20


    Lawyer agrees

    Answered . Disney is one of the biggest and most litigious entertainmeent companies on the planet. Please see this similar Q & As about a non-profit event involving Disney IP. You can research others here under "Research Legal Issues" under "Disney" to see all the Avvo posters who want to trade on Disney's IP.

    PLEASE READ THIS BEFORE YOU COMMENT, EMAIL ME OR PHONE ME. I'm only licensed in CA. This answer doesn't make me... more
  2. Laura Mcfarland-Taylor

    Contributor Level 20

    Answered . Yes, they will have an issue with it. Unless you get permission from them, don't even think about it.

    If we do not have a signed fee agreement I am not your attorney and this is not legal advice.
  3. Barbara I Berschler

    Contributor Level 11

    Answered . Just because an organization or event is supposedly nonprofit, it does not get any special dispensations when it comes to the use of intellectual property. You might inquire what else is this group doing with the Disney theme. It is one thing if they buy and use authorized Disney merchandise, but they too could run into trouble if they are using unlicensed reproductions of Disney characters.

    LEGAL DISCLAIMER: Please note that this comment does not constitute legal advice nor has an attorney-client... more

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