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So is it cool to recast things then?... :rolleyes
But they license those designs for merchandise. So they do sell them.
Hasn't Lucasfilm broken a bunch of copyrights by using real firearms and just adding metal junk on top of them to make the barrels look slightly different? Aren't the copyrights broken even further when those designs are licensed to Hasbro to make toy replicas? And it's not just firearms, there's also that Gillette ladies' razor they turned into a comlink, and the Covertec belt clip that has been made in 1/6 scale and 1/18 scale for Jedi characters.
The Jason hockey mask is another good example. They used a Fibrosport goalie mask which they vac'ed several layers of plastic over to enlarge the final mask. The red markings on the mask are also not exactly original as similar marks can be seen on hockey masks from years earlier. Its hard to see how some companys can claim copyright on items like these :wacko
True enough, but I singled out Lucasfilm in my example because of how tightwound they are about their copyrights. They'll give you a CnD if you just look at them the wrong way.
I would argue the opposite. There is a HUGE cottage industry making blasters, Trooper armour, costumes, lightsabers, models, etc...
Same with Indy stuff, loads of reproductions out there sold on ebay every day.
All relatively untouched provided they don't get too big.