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Posted: 21st Feb 2018 16:25 Edited at: 21st Feb 2018 17:46
Baseball Bat with barbed wire around the top




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Posted: 21st Feb 2018 16:29 Edited at: 21st Feb 2018 17:10
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Posted: 21st Feb 2018 16:57
That's pretty wicked.
So thanks for the freebie. One thing I'd caution against though is anything that is a direct carbon-copy of something for copyright issues. Obviously having a bat of this nature called Lucille means using this in a project would limit it to a non-commercial status and could still receive a takedown or cease and desist if it achieved enough notoriety.

My recommendation is when making an item 'based on something else' to modify it sufficiently to get around the copyright law by acting as a derivative work. One famous example is the 'mona lisa with a moustache' painting. I deal with this a lot with my wife's artwork so I'm wholly familiar with this type of thing; you have to be exceptionally careful with this type of thing - well intentioned or not.

If I were to use this I'd probably modify the texture and skin to a different color, possibly like an aluminum or black painted wood. Maybe put some text on it. Alternately if I were you as the modeller I'd probably modify the model to have something like a nail or two sticking out of it. At that point you're relatively clear.

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That all aside, this is a great model, it's free and looks fun as heck.

I think that it's generic enough that you can probably get away with using it without running into complications; after all - how many pattern firearms are there out there in a game - it's not like H&K is suing everyone who uses a G36 model in their games.

So try not to take my previous words as anything more than a helpful suggestion
I just tend to try to cover all my bases whenever it comes to legal things because I'm the son a legal secretary.
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Posted: 21st Feb 2018 17:08 Edited at: 21st Feb 2018 17:46
Hi BAG and thank you

Renamed it to Baseball Bat, the barbed wire is only 6 inches (original is 18 inches) mine is made out of Maple original is mahogany.

it is purely a derivative work much like the guns we have and as you pointed out G36 is also a derivative work.
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Posted: 21st Feb 2018 18:07
With this model, i doubt there would be any issues (except for the naming of it), baseball bats with barbed wire wrapped around it have been used in books, films, computer games, and even real life, for far longer than walking dead has been around, for it to be a copyright issue they would have had to have been the first to use it, they weren't.

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Posted: 21st Feb 2018 19:44
I understand but at the same time I've had friends get burned by it and had to deal with some pretty tight squeezes myself. This kind of thing can and does become an issue of dispute so personally I just prefer not play with fire.

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Posted: 21st Feb 2018 21:10
The baseball bat looks really nice. Great work.
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Posted: 22nd Feb 2018 10:35 Edited at: 22nd Feb 2018 10:36
Thank you GraPhiX, very good job, I love.

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