Costume blazons

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Some major publishers that own copyrights in well-known cartoon characters are snobbish about their copyrights. This unwillingness to license settings, character designs, and the like to non-commercial and low-volume has led to attempts to work around the policy using the limitations spelled out in copyright statutes or created in case law.

In heraldry, a blazon is a standardized description of a flag or shield. The idea-expression divide has been interpreted such that even though individual artistic renderings of a blazon are subject to copyright, the blazon is not original enough. Wikipedia's lawyer appears to think costumes behave the same way. Might an analogous description of a cartoon character's distinctive costume, enough to guise as a character on 31 October but hopefully not enough to infringe copyright, fall under the same loophole? Apparently so, as makers of low-budget Halloween costumes avoid using copyrighted emblems and trademarked names while still (as of 2010) selling costumes obviously intended to represent specific fictional characters.

Conventions

Level 2 headings are a character's name. Level 3 headings are a word distinguishing this costume from others worn by the same character (but not involving the name of any publisher), then an exclamation point, then the character's name.

Pinocchio

Pinocchio is a little wooden boy in the novel The Adventures of Pinocchio by Carlo Collodi.

Tyrol!Pinocchio

In the novel, Geppetto and Pinocchio are from Tuscany, but one animation studio relocated them to Tyrol for its adaptation of the novel.

Wooden marionette with boy's head and the following clothing:

  • yellow short-sleeved shirt tucked into red shorts with red suspenders buttoned on the outside
  • black vest, which mostly hides the suspenders
  • white capelet secured in front with a blue bow tie
  • brown buckle shoes
  • yellow Tyrolean hat with blue band holding red feather, over a black wig parted on side