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Star Wars Actors Guild 77 is a business first. That’s is how we role

First world problems. The Star Wars Actors Guild 77 is a business first. That is how the owner wants it. That’s what we do. Our motivation is to be a Business to Business service to movie production companies and publishing houses before the first cut to film or print. We can test the efficacy of a creative idea by social media performance and entertainment which is proprietary.

Our revenue, as tiny as it is is driven from sales at the moment until we can get a better deal and be remunerated appropriately. But for now, we have to sell T-shirts at Redbubble to support our creative ventures.

One idea was the “Corellian Jedi” that is a part of the Star Wars Expanded Universe (SWEU) and is now no longer canon. TWO YEARS ago is was canon and we created 3 lines of T-shirts sold at our store for nominal costs.

TODAY the owner received this email from the distributor, Redbubble:

Reads in part:

We have removed the following content from Redbubble in response to past complaints from The Walt Disney Company, the claimed owner or licensee of related intellectual property and in accordance with Redbubble’s IP/Publicity Rights Policy:

Corellian Jedi creed: http://www.redbubble.com/works/show/9700653

Corellian Jedi T-shirt Game-1

For these images:

Trust me I'm a Corellian Jedi-2-4 Trust me I'm a Corellian Jedi-1 Corellian Jedi creed-2-1

It is one thing to IMEDIATELY EXACT IP when an item is posted, but for it to be on a site for 2 years and say nothing until a big corporation who cares little about the fans is another issue. Meh, typical of Disney.

But more to the fact… Disney will be using the “Corellian Jedi” concept in an upcoming production… After this incident, there’s no doubt in our minds.

Support us: http://bit.ly/SWStuffWAG77

Star Wars Actors Guild 77 will no longer share or reblog certain artists’ fan art unless we commission it.

We have paid for art before. So we will put our money where our mouth is. At the moment our reach is 30,000 people cross platform.

LET US BE MORE BLUNT: YOU HAVE NO PROTECTIONS ON FAN ART UNLESS YOU ARE PAID BY LUCASFILM!

COPPING A SQUAT ON INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY RIGHTS ON PREVIOUSLY COPYRIGHTED MATERIALS WILL GET YOU SUED OR A CEASE AND DESIST LETTER. I’ve seen Lucasfilm do that before.

SINCE LUCASFILM DID NOT ASK YOU CREATE THE ART, YOU CANNOT MAKE ANY DEMANDS ON ITS USE. SORRY THAT’S THE NAME OF THE ENTERTAINMENT GAME! You do not own the rights to the material.

WATERMARK YOUR ART. SAD BUT TRUE. We make a derivative, we do it. That way, we don’t care if someone lifts it.

On our commissions, SWAG 77 as a legal business entity, a Limited Liability Company, has affiliations with several other businesses that permit us to do things that other individuals might not be able to do. We have worked at this for 5 years and have had a Fan Table at Star Wars Celebrations for 2 years.

If you do not understand what I’m saying, then you need to BLOCK IGNORE BAN this blog and all our associated blogs. Because you will NEVER understand. I am responsible for what I say, not what you understand. There is a thing called Google.

Tone police me and I will block ignore ban your account on all my social media and make a post of the atrocity. This is business.

This post is not about attributions. We strive to give as many attributions as possible. THIS POST IS ABOUT SHARING ART TO A BROADER AUDIENCE NOT MATTER THE POST CONTENT. DON’T WORRY, WE PROMISE WE JUST WON’T SHARE YOUR ART AND WE WILL TELL OTHERS NOT DO IT ALSO.

Point of clarity: If you are earnestly trying to understand what we’re saying here, please feel free to email us at info@swag77.com

Thank you for your cooperation. 

Founding member President.