Legality of selling models

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Re: Legality of selling models

Postby Gerardo » December 26th, 2017, 11:57 pm

Hi NeverCeasetoCrease. Here are my answers to your questions.

NeverCeaseToCrease wrote:...what would happen if an American were to fold and sell a model designed by a folder in a different country? Can people sue each other internationally? Conversely, could an American sue a foreigner who folds and sells the American's model?

Yes, it is possible for a person to file a lawsuit in a foreign country.

NeverCeaseToCrease wrote:Second, the 7th amendment in the US Bill of Rights states that "In Suits at common law, where the value in controversy shall exceed twenty dollars, the right of trial by jury shall be preserved." Does this mean that if somebody were to sell the model for less than $20, they can't be sued?

The 7th amendment just tells apart trials by jury from bench trials (without jury), but there is the following principal: "de minimis non curat lex" (The law does not concern itself with trifles). This means a court can consider a given harm as not important enough for accepting the lawsuit. Now, there's no way to know what will happen until the lawsuit is taken to court, one judge might consider it unimportant while another one might not, and its importance doesn't neccesarily have to do with how much you charge for the folds.

Hope this helps :).
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