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[GB] GMK BLINK - CANCELLED (for now)
« on: Sun, 31 May 2020, 08:35:29 »





GMK BLINK IS IN YOUR AREA
Inspired by one of the most famous KPOP Girl Group: BLACKPINK, this set brings a combination of (literally) black and pink to your desk, with a spice of Korea (Hangul).
Not to mention this buy is just in time to celebrate their comeback in June!

Past IC >> https://geekhack.org/index.php?topic=101876.0


Visit one of this proxies nearest to your area to join the groupbuy
TheKey.Company US
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zFrontier Asia
Quad-H Korea

Group buy will last until June 26th 2020
Which expected to ship at April 15th 2021


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*Please note that zFrontier is offering free shipping on order above $100, so buying any base kit with automatically make you elligible for the free shipping program

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More renders incoming!

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Get yours HERE

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Thanks for everyone who helped me making this set come true!
Special shoutout to thekey.company, itsundone, and of course BLACKPINK (which will make a comeback this june!!)



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Re: [GB] GMK BLINK - Week 1/4
« Reply #1 on: Sun, 31 May 2020, 08:41:28 »
Current Numbers



Credits to dvorcol very the ever-informative help!
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Re: [GB] GMK BLINK - Week 1/4
« Reply #2 on: Sun, 31 May 2020, 16:39:48 »
Latest numbers above.

More
<-- numbers from May 31.
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Re: [GB] GMK BLINK - Week 1/4
« Reply #3 on: Sun, 31 May 2020, 17:55:40 »
might have to dig around in the ol' wallet for this one, it's such a beauty
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Re: [GB] GMK BLINK - Week 1/4
« Reply #4 on: Mon, 01 June 2020, 00:27:43 »
Just take all my money!!! Maybe someone can tribute to SNSD in the future...

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Re: [GB] GMK BLINK - Week 1/4
« Reply #5 on: Mon, 01 June 2020, 01:11:00 »
Black mods get some love :(

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« Reply #6 on: Mon, 01 June 2020, 18:55:54 »
Great set

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Re: [GB] GMK BLINK - Week 1/4
« Reply #7 on: Tue, 02 June 2020, 20:42:32 »
Black mods get some love :(

i would have gotten black mods if they were in an add on kit

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Re: [GB] GMK BLINK - Week 1/4
« Reply #8 on: Wed, 03 June 2020, 23:50:30 »

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Re: [GB] GMK BLINK - Week 1/4
« Reply #9 on: Thu, 04 June 2020, 11:32:37 »
Will there ever be an option to buy the base kit + the inversed A C & N keys? Not really keen on the other novelties so not sure if I want to drop an additional $60 just to use 3 keys.

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Re: [GB] GMK BLINK - Week 1/4
« Reply #10 on: Thu, 04 June 2020, 11:59:13 »
Love these. I saw that its selling on zFrontier too? but it's not stated here.
would it be an issue if i got them from there?

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Re: [GB] GMK BLINK - Week 1/4
« Reply #11 on: Thu, 04 June 2020, 12:11:07 »
Love these. I saw that its selling on zFrontier too? but it's not stated here.
would it be an issue if i got them from there?

Noticed that they're charging slightly over MSRP/asking. There is that free shipping over $100+ but still..

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Re: [GB] GMK BLINK - Week 1/4
« Reply #12 on: Thu, 04 June 2020, 23:42:40 »
Will there ever be an option to buy the base kit + the inversed A C & N keys? Not really keen on the other novelties so not sure if I want to drop an additional $60 just to use 3 keys.
Officially from the group buy, sadly no. Maybe you can make a post on reddit on here and ask people who buy it to buy/trade only the ACN keys

Love these. I saw that its selling on zFrontier too? but it's not stated here.
would it be an issue if i got them from there?
Yes, zFrontier is our Asia proxy, they're official so have full confidence when purchasing there. Their price might be higher but for Asia people (like me) the extra price justifies it because they give free shipping for order $100, even at some store whose location is quite near Asia (SEA to be precise), the shipping for GMK base sets is usually over $20.


Anyway, I've updated the main post with complete price and all proxies link :thumb:
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Re: [GB] GMK BLINK - Week 1/4
« Reply #13 on: Mon, 08 June 2020, 10:03:55 »
Im in.... lets go
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Re: [GB] GMK BLINK - Week 1/4
« Reply #15 on: Tue, 09 June 2020, 17:25:39 »
What's the deal with this? Why has it been suspended?
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Re: [GB] GMK BLINK - Week 1/4
« Reply #16 on: Tue, 09 June 2020, 18:36:56 »
Should we be worried about the suspension on it?  :(

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Re: [GB] GMK BLINK - Week 1/4
« Reply #17 on: Tue, 09 June 2020, 20:13:21 »
Hahaha, the graph looks like an F

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Re: [GB] GMK BLINK - Week 1/4
« Reply #18 on: Tue, 09 June 2020, 20:41:56 »
Let's wait for OP's reply, hopefully soon.

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Re: [GB] GMK BLINK - Week 1/4
« Reply #19 on: Tue, 09 June 2020, 21:11:33 »
"Can refund". Does that mean there's still a chance?

Either way, can't tell if I should laugh or cry. I've been searching for pink boards for months now just for this set.

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Re: [GB] GMK BLINK - Week 1/4
« Reply #20 on: Tue, 09 June 2020, 21:12:57 »
Wow, kind of surprised that this set is already cancelled, sales were looking good, this definitely would have hit MOQ. Unfortunate.

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Re: [GB] GMK BLINK - Week 1/4
« Reply #21 on: Tue, 09 June 2020, 21:47:26 »
Is this getting cancelled or just postponed? Can we have more details why?

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Re: [GB] GMK BLINK - Week 1/4
« Reply #22 on: Tue, 09 June 2020, 21:57:13 »
I hope things get resolved, I was really wanting at least the base set from this, just threw on novelties for funs, haha. Would appreciate a small summary of what is going on. Fingers crossed your hard work doesn't get completely canceled.

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Re: [GB] GMK BLINK - Week 1/4
« Reply #23 on: Tue, 09 June 2020, 23:34:40 »
Have been waiting for this set for the longest time. Hope everything is alright.

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Re: [GB] GMK BLINK - Week 1/4
« Reply #24 on: Wed, 10 June 2020, 15:51:04 »
Hi all,

I wrote TKC Support and just received an answer:

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Due to a copyright notice from YG, the Korean entertainment company that owns BLACKPINK, we have had to take down the keycap set.
Until the artist modifies the set to have less reference to the K-Pop group, we will be unable to sell GMK Blink or anything related to "BLINK" as YG uses the term "BLINK" for their K-Pop group.


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Re: [GB] GMK BLINK - Week 1/4
« Reply #25 on: Wed, 10 June 2020, 16:05:53 »
Hi all,

I wrote TKC Support and just received an answer:

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Due to a copyright notice from YG, the Korean entertainment company that owns BLACKPINK, we have had to take down the keycap set.
Until the artist modifies the set to have less reference to the K-Pop group, we will be unable to sell GMK Blink or anything related to "BLINK" as YG uses the term "BLINK" for their K-Pop group.

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Re: [GB] GMK BLINK - Week 1/4
« Reply #26 on: Wed, 10 June 2020, 16:40:52 »
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Re: [GB] GMK BLINK - Week 1/4
« Reply #27 on: Wed, 10 June 2020, 16:45:19 »
kill this love cap

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Re: [GB] GMK BLINK - Week 1/4
« Reply #28 on: Wed, 10 June 2020, 17:05:29 »
Not surprised although with some smart tweaks, I imagine the set would survive.

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Re: [GB] GMK BLINK - Week 1/4
« Reply #29 on: Wed, 10 June 2020, 17:31:51 »
Let's name it GMK Pinkblack, then

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Re: [GB] GMK BLINK - Week 1/4
« Reply #30 on: Wed, 10 June 2020, 17:43:30 »
I'd still be interested in the colourway without the novs

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Re: [GB] GMK BLINK - Week 1/4
« Reply #31 on: Wed, 10 June 2020, 19:51:04 »
By having to be modified, I assume the only issue is the name? Even then, it'd be silly - a generic term for the name and black and pink colors. How do you have an infringement problem with that?

TKC grow some balls. Any legal consultant that can chime in? Calling in lawyer enjoy

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Re: [GB] GMK BLINK - Week 1/4
« Reply #32 on: Wed, 10 June 2020, 20:37:22 »
By having to be modified, I assume the only issue is the name? Even then, it'd be silly - a generic term for the name and black and pink colors. How do you have an infringement problem with that?

TKC grow some balls. Any legal consultant that can chime in? Calling in lawyer enjoy

hi not a lawyer (this is not legal advice) but worked at a company that deals with people's copyright (you've heard of it)

you are simply incorrect in so many ways and i do not think it is worth spending my time explaining it

also YG is a giant company who can afford better lawyers than TKC, a startup

Let's name it GMK Pinkblack, then

would also not hold up

either get a license (unlikely given the C&D) or abandon the set (smartest option)
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Re: [GB] GMK BLINK - Week 1/4
« Reply #33 on: Wed, 10 June 2020, 20:45:41 »
GMK Pink on Black Hangul. Don't know much about the band, but really loving the colors here. Was sure to get in on the base kit, unfortunate. Hope there is a good solution.

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Re: [GB] GMK BLINK - Week 1/4
« Reply #34 on: Wed, 10 June 2020, 21:19:26 »
Was just about to get in this GB too, and saw it was suspended. Hope to see this come back :)

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Re: [GB] GMK BLINK - Week 1/4
« Reply #35 on: Wed, 10 June 2020, 21:30:23 »
Bummer. I would guess it's entirely about the novelties. JTK has the reverse Pink On Black/Devil (pink alphas and black mods), but the alt coverage has significant gaps. I would still love a GMK set in this colorway, and if the novelties have to go, so be it -- though I have to admit a Kill This Love backspace is pretty awesome. Maybe some novelty keycaps down the road as well? :)

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Re: [GB] GMK BLINK - Week 1/4
« Reply #36 on: Wed, 10 June 2020, 21:35:29 »
By having to be modified, I assume the only issue is the name? Even then, it'd be silly - a generic term for the name and black and pink colors. How do you have an infringement problem with that?

TKC grow some balls. Any legal consultant that can chime in? Calling in lawyer enjoy

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Re: [GB] GMK BLINK - Week 1/4
« Reply #37 on: Wed, 10 June 2020, 23:01:47 »
Only thing I see that could be a problem is the fan kit. Maybe remove "Kill this love", "Boombayah", and all those "Du du" buttons.

The name should still be valid as it's a common name and in a different industrial. They do not own this name in the mech world.
Not sure about the face buttons though.
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Re: [GB] GMK BLINK - Week 1/4
« Reply #38 on: Thu, 11 June 2020, 00:18:19 »
The issue isn't doing what you need to do to win a lawsuit.

The issue is doing what you need to do to avoid a lawsuit in the first place.

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Re: [GB] GMK BLINK - Week 1/4
« Reply #39 on: Thu, 11 June 2020, 00:19:28 »
The issue isn't doing what you need to do to win a lawsuit.

The issue is doing what you need to do to avoid a lawsuit in the first place.

this is the correct take
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Re: [GB] GMK BLINK - Week 1/4
« Reply #40 on: Thu, 11 June 2020, 01:18:00 »
By having to be modified, I assume the only issue is the name? Even then, it'd be silly - a generic term for the name and black and pink colors. How do you have an infringement problem with that?

TKC grow some balls. Any legal consultant that can chime in? Calling in lawyer enjoy

hi not a lawyer (this is not legal advice) but worked at a company that deals with people's copyright (you've heard of it)

you are simply incorrect in so many ways and i do not think it is worth spending my time explaining it

also YG is a giant company who can afford better lawyers than TKC, a startup

Let's name it GMK Pinkblack, then

would also not hold up

either get a license (unlikely given the C&D) or abandon the set (smartest option)

Can you explain it to me? I don't see how two generic colors tied to a human activity name could give someone legal trouble. Happy to learn something new, no sarcasm

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Re: [GB] GMK BLINK - Week 1/4
« Reply #41 on: Thu, 11 June 2020, 01:24:29 »
By having to be modified, I assume the only issue is the name? Even then, it'd be silly - a generic term for the name and black and pink colors. How do you have an infringement problem with that?

TKC grow some balls. Any legal consultant that can chime in? Calling in lawyer enjoy

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Re: [GB] GMK BLINK - Week 1/4
« Reply #42 on: Thu, 11 June 2020, 04:32:33 »
Hi, I guess I'll try to add my 2 cents to the thread.
First of all, I think the set look great, and ngl, I'm sad seeing it cancel.

We probably don't know what's going on behind the scenes so I'll just make assumptions.

1- The name. Not a problem by any means it's different enough from the name of the band, names are very regulated but here, I'd be amazed if someone tell me this is actually "close enough" to the OG one. I doubt any judge would think the name is problematic here.
2- The color scheme. You can own some colors (Tiffany blue, the blackest black, space gray...), and in some situation yes, you can own some color schemes but it's so complicated that I won't go into details about it to make things easier, but that dosent apply in this situation.
3. The overall "inspiration" of the set. Some people might think that the set having KR legends, inspired by this K-Pop brand and having the same color scheme is enough to claim that it's a violation against IP rules is.... not acceptable. You're allowed to get inspiration from anyone as long as you justify of a some degree of creativity to make your creation different. Which leads to my last point.
4. The noveltie kit. The rest was perfectly fine if everything had stop there but here is the real deal. Having such a kit that have text novelties that remind the songs of the artists, novelties that replicate their faces etc. Here we have too many clues of a violation of the IP of the K-Pop Band and I definetly agree on that. (Well the deskmat aswell showing the girls should be remove too in that sense).

The solution would simply be to remove the noveltie kit and the problematic deskmat. That way the set will be different enough, and just "an inspiration" and there is no way a trial could even start with such few elements.

That said, I hope this set will comeback because there is no reason it should be canceled beside the 2 that I just mentionned.

Also note that I made things simple for the sake of everyone and that I'm specialized in Fr/EU IP so things can vary but that shouldnt affect this particular case by any means.

If someone disagree with that i'd be curious to hear them.  :thumb:
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Re: [GB] GMK BLINK - Week 1/4
« Reply #43 on: Thu, 11 June 2020, 04:38:24 »
Shut up, pudsy knows best!! To even consider that it is ridiculous doesn't even warrant him to begin to explain where you are wrong!!!!!!!!!
It has probably been obvious for a long time to others, but I am just now realizing pudsy probably just wings it in every thread in hopes of sounding like the smartest kid on the block - until proven otherwise

Jokes aside, I seriously missed the novelty kit and deskmats (I saw text mods in the base and just scrolled past everything, honestly). Guess I'm not so crazy after all after your explanation Enjoy. :)
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Re: [GB] GMK BLINK - Week 1/4
« Reply #44 on: Thu, 11 June 2020, 05:17:27 »
Completely forgetting the fact that Blink is the official fan club name for BlackPink, and that it’s a comeback month (new BlackPink music for the first time in over a year), it’s probably the worst time to be toeing the line of IP infringement when you’re up against one of the more powerful Korean music production studios.
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Re: [GB] GMK BLINK - Week 1/4
« Reply #45 on: Thu, 11 June 2020, 05:21:21 »
Hi, I guess I'll try to add my 2 cents to the thread.
First of all, I think the set look great, and ngl, I'm sad seeing it cancel.

We probably don't know what's going on behind the scenes so I'll just make assumptions.

1- The name. Not a problem by any means it's different enough from the name of the band, names are very regulated but here, I'd be amazed if someone tell me this is actually "close enough" to the OG one. I doubt any judge would think the name is problematic here.
2- The color scheme. You can own some colors (Tiffany blue, the blackest black, space gray...), and in some situation yes, you can own some color schemes but it's so complicated that I won't go into details about it to make things easier, but that dosent apply in this situation.
3. The overall "inspiration" of the set. Some people might think that the set having KR legends, inspired by this K-Pop brand and having the same color scheme is enough to claim that it's a violation against IP rules is.... not acceptable. You're allowed to get inspiration from anyone as long as you justify of a some degree of creativity to make your creation different. Which leads to my last point.
4. The noveltie kit. The rest was perfectly fine if everything had stop there but here is the real deal. Having such a kit that have text novelties that remind the songs of the artists, novelties that replicate their faces etc. Here we have too many clues of a violation of the IP of the K-Pop Band and I definetly agree on that. (Well the deskmat aswell showing the girls should be remove too in that sense).

The solution would simply be to remove the noveltie kit and the problematic deskmat. That way the set will be different enough, and just "an inspiration" and there is no way a trial could even start with such few elements.

That said, I hope this set will comeback because there is no reason it should be canceled beside the 2 that I just mentionned.

Also note that I made things simple for the sake of everyone and that I'm specialized in Fr/EU IP so things can vary but that shouldnt affect this particular case by any means.

If someone disagree with that i'd be curious to hear them.  :thumb:

I have no experience with law, but I thought I'd chime with some of my mostly useless knowledge of Korean entertainment.

I completely agree with most of what you wrote.

Regarding the name, "BLINK" is actually the official name of BLACKPINK's fandom. It's highly likely that YG Entertainment holds some kind of copyright on the name "BLINK" as it relates to the group. Seeing as BLACKPINK has had unprecedented success outside of Asia for a girl group, I'd also be willing to bet that YG Entertainment has those copyrights in Europe and the Americas as well. The keycap set name uses the fandom name, down to the capitalization, so I think changing the name would give the set the best chance of surviving.

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Re: [GB] GMK BLINK - Week 1/4
« Reply #46 on: Thu, 11 June 2020, 06:39:40 »
I wonder what keyboard to put this on... When this is resolved  :thumb:
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Re: [GB] GMK BLINK - Week 1/4
« Reply #47 on: Thu, 11 June 2020, 08:31:49 »
Jokes aside, I seriously missed the novelty kit and deskmats (I saw text mods in the base and just scrolled past everything, honestly). Guess I'm not so crazy after all after your explanation Enjoy. :)

I mean to be fair EnjoyMyInSec's explanation doesn't back your previous takes in this thread at all. You generically stated that you assumed the only issue was with the name, and if it wasn't then you don't see what the could be causing the legal trouble - definitely not backed by his statement. He said there is no reason for the set to be cancelled except the fact that there are two massive, glaring issues to be dealt with - this is not the same as "TKC growing some balls" nor is it a word of encouragement (or at least I really hope it isn't) for a startup to legally contest a massive entertainment company by changing a couple things and reopening a project they specifically took down.

PS: I do think the set can run, I just don't think "just change it lol" is the way to go about it.

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Re: [GB] GMK BLINK - Week 1/4
« Reply #48 on: Thu, 11 June 2020, 10:26:37 »
Hi, I guess I'll try to add my 2 cents to the thread.
First of all, I think the set look great, and ngl, I'm sad seeing it cancel.

We probably don't know what's going on behind the scenes so I'll just make assumptions.

1- The name. Not a problem by any means it's different enough from the name of the band, names are very regulated but here, I'd be amazed if someone tell me this is actually "close enough" to the OG one. I doubt any judge would think the name is problematic here.
2- The color scheme. You can own some colors (Tiffany blue, the blackest black, space gray...), and in some situation yes, you can own some color schemes but it's so complicated that I won't go into details about it to make things easier, but that dosent apply in this situation.
3. The overall "inspiration" of the set. Some people might think that the set having KR legends, inspired by this K-Pop brand and having the same color scheme is enough to claim that it's a violation against IP rules is.... not acceptable. You're allowed to get inspiration from anyone as long as you justify of a some degree of creativity to make your creation different. Which leads to my last point.
4. The noveltie kit. The rest was perfectly fine if everything had stop there but here is the real deal. Having such a kit that have text novelties that remind the songs of the artists, novelties that replicate their faces etc. Here we have too many clues of a violation of the IP of the K-Pop Band and I definetly agree on that. (Well the deskmat aswell showing the girls should be remove too in that sense).

The solution would simply be to remove the noveltie kit and the problematic deskmat. That way the set will be different enough, and just "an inspiration" and there is no way a trial could even start with such few elements.

That said, I hope this set will comeback because there is no reason it should be canceled beside the 2 that I just mentionned.

Also note that I made things simple for the sake of everyone and that I'm specialized in Fr/EU IP so things can vary but that shouldnt affect this particular case by any means.

If someone disagree with that i'd be curious to hear them.  :thumb:

Analysis of the underlying legal merits of the case misses the point.

TKC has no interest buying itself a lawsuit even if TKC ultimately prevails.

Unlike in the EU, there is no prevailing party fee shifting in the United States. Everyone pays their own legal bills generally.

If TKC wants to run this, the way to do it would be in coordination with the rightsholder and have them bless it before proceeding.
« Last Edit: Thu, 11 June 2020, 10:28:13 by DukeEsquire »

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Re: [GB] GMK BLINK - Week 1/4
« Reply #49 on: Thu, 11 June 2020, 16:27:41 »
Where is op?  I know this isn’t an easy problem to fix but an update would be much appreciated.