This page is dedicated to the Home Based Cake business with helpful links and information for the at-home cake business. This is a resource page to help the user find links and helpful information pertaining to the business of cake. Happy caking!
Now for the disclaimer:
The information and links here should not replace proper legal advice or further research by the user. Laws vary in different states, counties, and municipalities so I strongly urge users to contact the proper organizations and government agencies that regulate the pertinent laws and regulations in the area they live in. The Cake Room, LLC is not liable for any damages incurred for use of the information contained on this page.
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These are links to sites that I found informative and useful for conducting business.
The penalty for violating copyright laws can include hefty fines, which, If I am correct accrue per violation. Sell 24 copyrighted images for cupcake toppers and that fine can really jump! Most of the time you can get permission by calling the company or school who owns the rights. I recommend getting permission in writing and keeping that in your records forever. With Pinterist and other social sites your work can be floating around for decades if not forever. To make the point I made a navy cake with the navy seal on it about 10 years ago and periodically I get a call mentioning the cake and checking to see if I got copyright permission to use the actual Navy Seal.
I have been told that a Cease and Desist Order will be issued by most companies who learn a cake decorator is violating their copyright. I heard in the news several years back of a bakery in the south going out of business while fighting a local college over copyright infringement. It is one thing to be a craft decorator making cakes for friends and another to be a licensed business making good money off copyrighted material.
Conducting business with integrity is important. I wouldn't want another decorator to take my materials I made for a class I teach and copy them to teach their own class. So why would I do that to another company? Whether it is edible images or modeled characters there are a lot of direct licensees out there who have properly acquired the rights for their products. Making a 'background' cake and adding licensed products to your cake is a viable option.
There are many websites where you can buy licensed clipart and photos for personal use or professional use. Be sure to buy the version for professional use. Depending on the site you can buy a specific number of uses or unlimited uses. You can also get free clipart and photo images if they are public domain, fair trade, or royalty-free.