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**Reminder** Official LFL Policy on Costume Profiting

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PostPosted: Fri Sep 21, 2018 1:09 am    Post subject: **Reminder** Official LFL Policy on Costume Profiting Reply with quote

Reminder of LFL Policy on Costume Profiting since 2013 with at the time Legion CO Jason R

Legion members,

Over the past few months, Council has had to deal with several cases of where our members were using their costumes for profit making endeavors. While this goes against the Charter, we wanted to receive an official word from LFL on their stance on the issue to clear-up any gray areas.

Below is a correspondence between Mary Franklin of LFL and myself. Mary's comments are in bold.

Specials thanks to Kathy Skirmont (Kay_Dee) for the well-written letter and her persistence on the topic Smile
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From: Mary Franklin
To: Jason Rutledge
Subject: RE: Question on Copyright Usage

Hello, Jason. Thank you for asking.

First of all, how you treat the membership is totally up to the Legion. It's up to you to enforce as you see fit. I can tell you how Lucasfilm would see these actions, however. Please see my answers below....

Mary Franklin
Sr. Events Lead

From: Jason Rutledge
To: Mary Franklin
Subject: Question on Copyright Usage

Hello Mary,

The leadership in the Rebel Legion has had some additional discussion surrounding our rule which prohibits members from using their costumes for profit-making endeavors. We understand that as a club/organization we must not engage in activities on a professional level which take advantage of the Star Wars IP (Such as being a professional character for hire outside of LFL authorized projects/referrals). However, we are unclear how far we must go as a club/organization in policing the personal activities of our club members, and some of the following activities have recently come into question as either hypothetical, or real situations. If you could please advise us and let us know if our club leaders should be concerning themselves with the following issues in order to maintain our relationship with Lucasfilm, we would appreciate it.

1) Members selling artistic photographs of themselves in Star Wars costumes they have made - no Rebel Legion Logo or Star Wars logos used. (Some offer to give a portion or 100% of the proceeds to charity, some do not donate to charity and use the proceeds to recoup a portion of their costume materials costs.) Would this be considered a small scale unprofessional personal activity (artistic expression)? Or is this a significant IP infringement that we should have a zero tolerance for as a club?
MARY: Any time anyone is making money with our intellectual property, even if they are not using our logo, it is an infringement of the copyright. The characters are our property too. However, if someone wants to do a charity drive with our IP, they can apply to us for a letter of agreement, that would say how many they will sell over what time frame and what cost, and what charity they will benefit. So that is fine, but they have to get an agreement with us first. However, just selling pictures of our characters without a license would not be permitted buy us.

2) Selling t-shirts, tote bags, artwork, etc outside of Club/Legion runs which may have an image of the member in costume on the product.
MARY: Not appropriate. It's still our intellectual property. Any of the characters and symbols from Star Wars are.

3) Renting out a costume - Some of us feel this is not an issue if the individual is not doing so as a large scale professional business venture, and it is not so different than a person selling a costume they no longer have need for.
MARY: While I get your point, it's still going into business with Star Wars (our property). Where would you draw the line? Renting it out once? Twice? Three times? When does it become a business with our IP. So no, not appropriate.

4) Reality TV shows - word seems to be spreading through the convention circuits about various reality show pilots in the works focusing on "Cosplayers." If a club member were to be featured in such a reality show wearing their legion approved Star Wars costume as they portray themselves, would it be a significant infringement on LFL IP for the individual to be paid as a featured "Cosplayer" in the reality show? Is it necessary for our club to address this sort of activity with our members if it comes to our attention, and enforce a zero tolerance policy if one chooses to be paid as a featured contestant in such a reality show in one of their Star Wars costumes? Or is a reality show closer to a costume contest with no reason for our club leaders to interfere in the member's personal activity?
MARY: The onus would not be on the costumers for this one, but on the show. They should have approached us first. If any costumers get asked to be on a show about Star Wars fans, please let us know, as we would love to talk to the producers about it first.

Thank you so much for your time and any insight or clarification you can give on these matters.
MARY: Thank YOU for asking!~

- Kathy Skirmont
Rebel Legion Endor Base XO
Jason H. Rutledge
Rebel Legion Commanding Officer

Blue Ridge Base CO 2013-2018
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