The world has gone crazy for the Baby Yoda in The Mandalorian.
This role first appeared in “The Mandalorian Chapter 1″. The character was designed by Christian Alzmann. The Child has been referred to widely and affectionately in news reports and social media as “Baby Yoda.”
According to an article from Vanity Fair, fans were desperate for “Baby Yoda” merchandise, although Favreau had wished to hold off on it in case the Child had been leaked before the release of the first episode.
There are no Baby Yoda original toys yet.
Now fans are beating down the door for Baby Yoda toys and merch, and furious to find there’s not very much. At least right now.
For now, the main item available is a T-shirt featuring the concept art of the lovable creature. Toymaker Hasbro confirmed to Vanity Fair that, unfortunately, it would not have any Baby Yoda toys available until 2020, so it will not be in stores in time for the upcoming holidays.
Over on Etsy, handmade creators are already capitalizing on the craze. There you can find page after page of crocheted Baby Yodas, felt Baby Yoda dolls, Baby Yoda holiday ornaments, Baby Yoda sweatshirts, art prints, enamel pins, bumper stickers, coffee cups, shot glasses, and jewelry.
But did you know that individuals who wish to use the Disney characters should take care to make legal use of them to avoid violating Disney’s intellectual property rights?
Disney protects its characters with trademark and copyright registrations.
A trademark protects a brand name, while copyright protects an original work such as a movie or book. The owner of a trademark or copyright registration for a fictional character can prevent others from using the character without permission.
If you want to know more about The Walt Disney Studios Licensing, you can read here: https://www.disneystudiolicensing.com/.
It is okay if you make your own products for you and your family. It is when you start making profit off someone else’s copyright by selling unauthorized merch, that is when they step in.
Another good news is that Mickey Mouse will be public domain soon.
As of January 1, 2019, all copyrighted works published in 1923 fell into the public domain (with a few exceptions). Everyone now has the right to republish them or adapt them for use in new works.
It’s the first time this has happened in 21 years.
In 1998, works published in 1922 or earlier were in the public domain, with 1923 works scheduled to expire at the beginning of 1999. But then Congress passed the Sonny Bono Copyright Term Extension Act. It added 20 years to the terms of older works, keeping 1923 works locked up until 2019.
And assuming Congress doesn’t interfere, more works will fall into the public domain each January from now on.
On January 1, 2024, we’ll see the expiration of the copyright for Steamboat Willie—and with it Disney’s claim to the film’s star, Mickey Mouse. The copyrights to Superman, Batman, Disney’s Snow White, and early Looney Tunes characters will all fall into the public domain between 2031 and 2035.
The expiration of copyrights for characters like Mickey Mouse and Batman will raise tricky new legal questions. After 2024, Disney won’t have any copyright protection for Mickey’s original incarnation. But Disney will still own copyrights for later incarnations of the character—and it will also own Mickey-related trademarks.
So now, let’s get to the fun part: Here are the free patterns (click on the photo)!
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I hope you enjoyed my findings.
Are you a fan of Baby Yoda? Which one do you like best? Tell me in the comments below.
Have a beautiful day, and enjoy crocheting.