Drock wrote:I've wondered how LEGO would handle Cuusoo projects that are from a licensed theme that already exists. I guess I'll find out.
In order to make it marketable, LEGO would have to scale this model down so much that it would hardly resemble this one. If that's the case, would it really be MB's design anymore? If the design were to altered that much, it would be LEGO's own design. In that case, could LEGO just release it as a 'normal' release and not a 'cuusoo' project? Would they be obligated to pay royalties for the concept of a UCS Sandcrawler?
Also, what if LEGO has had a UCS Sandcrawler in the works for a year or more? There might be some cryings of "foul play."
First, Cuusoo is for ideas, not models. They will take the idea of an UCS Sandcrawler and make there own model for it. Taken from the Cuusoo website:
LEGO® CUUSOO invites you to submit your ideas to be considered as future LEGO products, and lets you to vote on and discuss ideas to help the LEGO Group decide what to release next. We're looking for new, original, and creative ideas, so send us your best!
Second, again, taken from the Cuusoo website:
Original Model Ideas based on Licensed IP. You will receive 1% of net sales if the model you submitted is based on third-party intellectual property (e.g. Star Wars™) and is your original work.