Frequent question: Are custom LEGO legal?

In the LEGO Group, we believe that any original product design should be protected against copying for as long as it is produced and marketed. … We also believe that designs, company names and trademarks should not be used in unrelated settings without the owner’s consent.

Selling used LEGO is definitely legal, at least in most legal systems. One of the most basic property rights involves the right to transfer ownership as long as both parties agree on the terms. Even selling items under copyright (instructions, box art, games, etc) is legal under the first-sale doctrine.

Short answer: 3D printing LEGO-compatible elements is legal, provided that you don’t violate copyright, trademark, or functional or design patents. Longer answer: There are a lot of things about LEGO that are protected, which you can’t “legally” do.

How much does it cost to produce Legos?

2 cents + 3.3 Cents = ~5 cents per brick! It might even be a little cheaper assuming they produce in China. There is no official production cost information that I’m aware of. There’s cost related to research, set design, mold making, the actual plastic pellets, packaging, shipping, marketing.

What are illegal Lego building techniques?

In the Lego community, illegal building techniques are simply ways to fit Lego pieces together in a way that the company never intended. These techniques don’t follow the official building guidelines, but some creative designers have used them to make one-of-a-kind pieces.

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