A quick note to our fans regarding an issue that has been lingering around for a while. This year dealers who signed up for Botcon realized there was some new wording in the contracts related to unofficial product and how it will be handled at the show. The wording is as follows:
[INDENT][INDENT]“Promoter and its designees, including Hasbro, Inc., each reserves the right to ban or deny display of any item for any reason. Promoter and its designees, including Hasbro, Inc., each reserves the right to confiscate any items that violates these rules and regulations. Exhibitor agrees to permit such confiscation without incident and agrees that all confiscated items shall become the property of Promoter or its designee and may be turned over to the appropriate authorities. Exhibitor herby [sic] waives and all claims against the Promotor [sic] or Hasbro, Inc. with respect to any removal of person or confiscation of items.”[/INDENT][/INDENT]
Basically – as a dealer, if you bring 3rd party, knock offs, or any other kind of unlicensed product to the show, Hasbro and/or Botcon can take it and throw you out.
This was very loose and could mean different things to different people, and several board members pushed for more clarification.
A Botcon representative posted a note stating the following:
[INDENT][INDENT]From our understanding, just want to reiterate what you have gotten in email responses from us…
As long as it is official Hasbro OR TakaraTomy product then they are official products. They can also sell officially Licensed TF goods from Hasbro or TT.
If it’s either made by Hasbro or TakaraTomy it is officially licensed by Hasbro or TakaraTomy, anything else is a knock off or an unofficially licenced good.
So. To be 100% clear… Licensed Transformers either from Hasbro or Takara Tomy are fine. Licensed Sci-Fi related toys from other companies is fine as well. However, again, anything that violates Hasbro IP should not be brought to BotCon.[/INDENT][/INDENT]
And then clarified it further with this:
[INDENT][INDENT]I am afraid that details will not be provided. There are SO many 3rd party items, no one is going to provide a list of what is acceptable “unlicensed” toys.
If it is unlicensed, assume it is unacceptable. Just about every 3rd party piece somehow draws on Hasbro IP, so, if you think it may in any way infringe on Hasbro’s IP odds are they DO consider it an infringement.
The language they provided for our contract is the warning. Just don’t bring the stuff to the show.
BotCon has had amazing Exhibitor Halls for almost 20 years, MANY of those LONG before all of these IP infringing items hit the market. I am sure it will still be an amazing Hall this year and for many years to come![/INDENT][/INDENT]
So, it looks like there is a hard push to keep 3rd party and unlicensed toys / product out of the dealer room and the convention as a whole this year. We thought you guys should know and plan accordingly.