UPDATE: Unfortunately it looks like Shapeways will cancel all orders that were made in the 24 hours before the close-down, if they wouldn't they are risking to have to pay a fine of up to 150.000$ per sold pony.
I'm sorry to all those who were hoping to still get a print.
As of now my 3d prints will no longer be available on Shapeways.
I was blown away by the feedback I got and I feel like I need to clarify a few things.
I am really thankful that so many people take my side, but the thing is: my side is nonexistant.
I knew this was coming from day one and I'm not mad at Hasbro or Shapeways.
Hasbro simply defended their IP and I'm infact thankful that they merely sent out a notice to Shapeways so that the models got removed from my shop.
I'm sure if they wanted to, they could make matters a lot worse for me.
I did not get a Cease and Desist letter from Hasbro ( yet
) which means I can still do 3d pony art just like before.
Did I infringe upon Hasbros copyright/trademark?
Yes, of course...Much like every other fan-artist who makes a profit by doing comissions or auctions.
But fanart in general is a gray area, legally speaking, and most companies simply tolerate it...I still think Hasbro is pretty lenient when it comes to that and only cracks down if a thing get's too big to ignore.
Like I said, I don't make money off of these, the price you paid is material and shipping only but since Shapeways is paid for the 3d prints, a profit is made from an IP that Hasbro owns the rights to and that's why they have to act.
They also didn't target me specifically, they axed
's shop and a few other prints too.
I never meant to make a profit with these, which is also the reason for me not taking OC commissions.
Shapeways offered me a way to simply upload my models and share the figures with all the bronies everywhere (except russia for some reason, sorry guys
) so a lot of people could have that cute sitting Derpy figure if they wanted it and not just one single person.
No offense to sculptors or anyone else, it's true that you can make infinite copies of a model with a 3d printer which is something you obviously can't do as a sculptor or custom maker which makes every sculpt and custom unique and worth their money.
What happens to the models now?
I'm still working on that other pony project that can't be named and I hope to get a final decision on if it will happen or not in the coming weeks.
If it doesn't happen I will release my models to the public for free.
Thanks for all the messages and all those who enjoy my work!