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I found a large Mickey and Minnie Mouse stuff character doll at a flea market. I did purchase them wanting to use for ventriloquism. I will have to cut out the back to remove the right amount of stuffing so my hand will be able to move the mouth. Is it legal to use Disney Characters?
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I'm no lawyer but my gut feel is: No.
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Disney keeps a stable of lawyers for just such an occasion...
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Well look at the good part. If they catch me, I will go to prison. I will be able to practice so much in prison, I will leave a professional.
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If you buy the Mickey Mouse vent figure...you can use it.

It's sold as a vent puppet so you can use it as one... Smile
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It is not sold as a vent figure. But I want to make it into one.
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And in prison you'll get three square meals a day, health care and the chance to further your education....could be a win-win situation!
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On 2011-12-08 11:26, Dynamike wrote:
It is not sold as a vent figure. But I want to make it into one.


I don't think it's allowed...

Why not buy Mickey or Minnie vent figures/puppets?

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Vintage-Disney-3......fc5b41c2

http://www.ebay.com/itm/VENTRILOQUIST-MI......6eb6db3c
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On 2011-12-08 11:26, Dynamike wrote:
It is not sold as a vent figure. But I want to make it into one.


I don't think it's allowed...

Why not buy Mickey or Minnie vent figures/puppets?

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Vintage-Disney-3......fc5b41c2

http://www.ebay.com/itm/VENTRILOQUIST-MI......6eb6db3c

Even owning these authorized Disney puppets will not give you the rights to use them in a show (especially a paying gig..). They are for home use/enjoyment only...
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On 2011-12-08 11:29, Pasquale wrote:
And in prison you'll get three square meals a day, health care and the chance to further your education....could be a win-win situation!


Yeah, and you might have some large, angry dude practicing vent on you with his hand up your.....well never mind.
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Yeah, and you might have some large, angry dude practicing vent on you with his hand up your.....well never mind.

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As Peanut says to Jeff Dunham - "you would not do well in jail, can you imagine it..........COME HERE PUPPET BOY.......MAKE YOUR DADDY TALK"
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On 2011-12-08 11:34, Wanlu wrote:
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On 2011-12-08 11:26, Dynamike wrote:
It is not sold as a vent figure. But I want to make it into one.


I don't think it's allowed...

Why not buy Mickey or Minnie vent figures/puppets?

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Vintage-Disney-3......fc5b41c2

http://www.ebay.com/itm/VENTRILOQUIST-MI......6eb6db3c

Even owning these authorized Disney puppets will not give you the rights to use them in a show (especially a paying gig..). They are for home use/enjoyment only...



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I don't know if it's sad, they're just protecting their creation, we all know how quickly people will steal other's ideas.
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The Disney characters are off limits. So is Barney. A pity - you could put together a great kiddies tribute show using puppets and vent.
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What I meant by "sad" is the fact that they sell vent puppets that you cant use in a vent act... If I have one, Ill use it! Sue me! Smile

Why sell Mickey Mouse shoes that no one can use outside one's home? Smile
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The shoe thing is kind of comparing apples to oranges, but that aside, as far as using the Mickey vent doll in an act - I'm not sure the statement that you could not use them in a vent act and that they are only for home use is correct. Unless they came with something specific stating that they were only for home use and/or the buyer signed something stating they would only use them for home use, I don't believe Disney could prevent such usage. That is what they were created for, as opposed to a stuff toy that was not created for that purpose and someone is thinking about converting into a puppet.
And it's probably a moot point as I doubt too many people would be using any vent doll, including a Mickey Mouse one, in a professional vent act.
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Shoes are meant to be used on the streets and vent puppets should be used in vent acts Smile

Anyway, I have no plans in buying and using a Mickey vent figure, Im just saying its sad...
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Makes me wonder... will the Jeff Dunham figures be allowed to use in vent acts or for home use only? Smile
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What I meant by "sad" is the fact that they sell vent puppets that you cant use in a vent act... If I have one, Ill use it! Sue me! Smile

Why sell Mickey Mouse shoes that no one can use outside one's home? Smile

As far as I understand, Walt Disney will only come in to sue you when you use their images/property for PROFIT.

They don't care if you print out Mickey Mouse invitation cards & banners for your private party, or print Mickey Mouse for your Sunday school illustration, or produce your own Mickey Mouse shoes for your own fashion.

But, the moment you sell the services or products with their stuff, they will look for you.

As for Mickey mouse shoes that you have, it's either that the manufacturer paid for the rights to produce these shoes, or they are "Made In China". Smile
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