Originally Posted by strachan
Not totally related - but does anyone know how this applies specifically to embroidery or applique? If I own an embroidery machine and want to make & sell birthday shirts and I purchase some character applique designs (disney, sesame street, etc.) from one of the dozens of website that sells designs, can I make & sell birthday shirts that have these characters on them?
Many people do it, but no. If it is a design from your machine (one of the Brother Disney machines) it is in that gray area where Disney says no, you can't use them, but case law seems to say yes (like using the fabric). If you bought it from a non-Disney source, it is definitely not legal. Disney never got paid for your use of the design, therefor you are not allowed to make money from it.