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Making stuff is way cooler than proxies.

Unfortunately Canada got rid of the penny and now my two cents rounds down to zero, so...take it for what you will.

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Seen as they don't produce the models anymore, making copies for yourself isn't illegal, aslong as it's for personal use only, but saying that, it also isn't illegal if they are donated and given away to other people (they can also give you money as a donation or cause they want to ;) ) cause your not selling them

As for moulding, can't help you there
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Seen as they don't produce the models anymore, making copies for yourself isn't illegal, aslong as it's for personal use only
Pretty sure that isn't true. Being OOP doesn't mean the copyright lapses. Maybe in 70 years it would, but not just because they chose note to make them, as they can always choose to make them again, a la Space Hulk. The IP is still theirs.
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@LazyG it's a very grey area without knowing specifics, but under abandonment and fair use acts, due to the fact that they are letting there product die, and not advertising on there website or eStore that they are 'no longer available' they sort of void there copyright apart from someone reselling forgeries, as with IP they still own the name/names of ships, but that's about it, they already lost with 'space marine' they would really lose with gothic ships
As I said, grey area, but I would happily cast up, I'm highly considering doing it, just to keep the hobby alive and to stop vultures ramping the prices up on eBay
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They lost with space marine because of prior art as I understand it, the concept of power armored marine had been around since at least Heinlein.

For abandonment, then it depends on terriroty, but from a quick google, in the us the deal is:

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The courts are of the view that rights gained under the Copyright Law may be abandoned. Abandonment of such rights, however, must be manifested by some overt act indicative of a purpose to surrender the rights and allow the public to copy. [Hampton v. Paramount Pictures Corp., 279 F.2d 100 (9th Cir. Cal. 1960)]
So it would require them to actively abandon it. Case in point, because Ford stops making a car, does not mean i can release said car because it is out of production. If GW chose to walk away from BG and say as much, then it might be different, but I am not sure it is a grey area. I think in fact it is basically not legal, but what is grey is whether they would bother to enforce their copyright. That said, knowing GW they will basically screw anyone for 50p.

If you think about casting, i think you are more akin to using Bit Torrent to download old TV shows, i.e you can probably get away with it, than to publishing Shakespeare because it is out of copyright.
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