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Legal to sell/dropship stuff with Copyright? (Star Wars, Harry Potter etc)

Discussion in 'Dropshipping & Wholesale Hookups' started by CareMD, Mar 14, 2017.

  1. CareMD

    CareMD Registered Member

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    Iv'e been working on an automated dropshipping site for the past week in the Pokemon niche. However, I did not do my research when it comes to the legal part.. reselling trademarked items could land you a law suit from what i'm told.

    Now - the plan was to resell pokemon related articles such as chargers, posters and what not from aliexpress - will i still be in the risk-zone if I clearly state that they aren't official nintendo products and use aliexpress as my vendor?

    Iv'e been checking out Yarosss dropship plugin (alidropship) and in his dropshipping journey thread his niche is Harry Potter merchandise which is also clearly a copyrighted trademark - how has he managed to go around the law? especially since the site has gotten quite a bit exposure? I would like anyone to shed some light on this :)

    Yarosss (WorldOfHarry) thread
    https://www.blackhatworld.com/seo/my-aliexpress-dropshipping-journey.776532/
     
  2. Tylor jr

    Tylor jr Power Member

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    IMO Dealing with copyrighted goods/materials is highly risk.

    read below -
    "When it comes to drop shipping make sure you don’t violate any trade marks. Always look for white label items on AliExpress.com.

    Selling a Mickey Mouse t-shirt for kids or a Batman knife might be great in terms of the fan-bases you can reach using Facebook ads, but you’re probably going to breach trademarks and copyright.

    TV series spent millions or billions to build their brand. They want to be the only one’s being able to sell merchandise.

    By selling Batman knives, Mickey Mouse t-shirts and so forth, you are piggybacking on established brands and their trademarks, which can get you into a lot of trouble. Also avoid selling “fake” imitations of famous brands like Gucci, Rolex, Versace and so forth.

    Just look for white label items with no text or images or references to any material that could be related to trademarks, copyright or other established brands. Sooner or later they will shut you down: your Shopify store and possibly your Paypal account. Whereas if you sell white label times no one will come after you. -( source - http://www.tillboadella.com/drop-shipping-training/)
     
  3. CareMD

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    Thanks a lot for the clarification - i guess the example World Of Harry is just a matter of time untill it gets a Cease and desist
     
  4. Tylor jr

    Tylor jr Power Member

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    yes, even though until you're not getting any copyright claims you good do go (seasonal trending stuff you can try like GOT 7 is gonna come which is kind of trending so you can try with GOT stuff untill you're hitting the market boom ;) and getting any copyright claim
     
  5. Profitables

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    Just find a shop that sells it and earn commissions by doing affiliate sales, if you really want to sell copyrighted stuff.
     
  6. prblmchld

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    WORLD OF HARRY STILL UP AND RUNNING LOL man wtf can i sell these or not
     
  7. iBlackSky

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    The owner of (World of Harry) is a legend and also a deer friend of Harry so he has the permission to sell the merchandise.
     
  8. TheAkreator

    TheAkreator Newbie

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    Clearly state in your fine print that you are just the market for the items you sale and that you yourself are no way affiliated with the makers of the items or their legality when it comes to trandmark . That your site makes no trade mark claims and such and all logos are respectfully their owners

    It's how I do it with my site infinite fan
     
  9. islandman1010

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    That wont save you by having some fine print. You are selling or not selling copyright items, doesn't matter if you say you didn't know or it's not your fault. Bad advice.
     
  10. Alex Manroah

    Alex Manroah Newbie

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    if they're legally obtained, i can't see the issue as long as you don't claim to be the producer
     
  11. Setox

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    it's absolutely Not Legal, but those who are doing it including Yaros are aware of dangers, and they don't just sell any copyrighted items they could find, so don't expect anyone to tell their "secrets" or how they get away with selling those items.