A Pokémon fan project was stopped in its tracks due to copyright infringement after Nintendo and Pokémon International caught wind of its success. Designer Claudia Ng had recently bought a 3D printer, where one of her first projects was to design an adorable Pokémon-themed planter for her friend. It wasn’t until she shared her Bulbasaur design online that she realised the success, placing it on Shapeways – a specially designed website for selling 3D printed projects.
Due to its popularity, the Pokémon International Company contacted Shapeways with a cease and desist, saying it infringed upon the Pokémon Trademark copyrights. Though there’s no official merchandise like this, Claudia Ng says she’s now in contact with the Pokémon Company, but whether we’ll see the planters in affiliation with the company in the future is currently unknown. Claudia Ng said the following to Polygon:
“Shapeways got a cease and desist from Pokémon International for infringement. They received this [last] Friday, and Shapeways took it down within the last hour. They are asking for all the money associated with this model and Shapeways will not be printing or shipping any order for the past few days.
“I thought that this would fall under the boundaries of derivative and transformative work. I’m also not a lawyer, and I guess that is the least defined of rules and regulation.
“It’s not that surprising. I just expected that they would go after people with more infringing designs. Although I admit that it was inspired by my personal favorite starter Pokemon. It’s generic-ness has been adored by people who are not Pokémon fans. Most commonly recognized as a Fat Cat. I’ve also had requests to do other animals and creatures.”