Oh no, here it goes again...
There was already a HUGE discussion about these news at tfw2005:http://www.tfw2005.com/boards/transformers-conventions-get-togethers/543548-attention-botcon-2012-dealers-third-party-toys-banned-botcon-73.html
It has evolved to an interesting discussion regarding property rights. Summing up:
- Botcon has become Hasbro party and so Hasbro has the right to say who can sell what, although Hasbro doesn't have the police power to confiscate anything (but they can ask sellers to leave...)
- Property rights of concepts and designs (intangible things, no trademarks) are a great thing to reward innovation, that's why creators have exclusive rights of their creations for years, but after sometime those rights cannot be abused to justify monopolies, and that's why things should become public domain after the "reward period", especially old almost forgotten (neglected?) concepts and designs.
- There is no crystal clear line separating what is something original and what is an illegal cheap copy. Yes, when you just copy everything, that is pretty illegal, but how much modification is necessary to something become original (or at least not illegal)? Hercules has the concept of Devastator, but its engineering is much more complex, for example. HasTak also have modified some car designs just enough to avoid problems with their manufactures, so where is the line?
- Anyway, 3rd part has been growing enough (filling some voids left by HasTak) to start taking more risks and making original characters. I'm all up for more competition by creativity.
I'm tired now of this discussion, enjoy, I'm reading other stuff
PS: Ah, I forgot, please, this is not about love or hate HasTak or 3rd part companies, nobody is innocent and constructive critics putting passion a little at the side are always good.