My company, Shapeways has just launched our first step into enabling talented MLP fanartists to work with Hasbro owned IP, and sell their creations above board!
“The first license is granted to a select number of 3D artists including Brandon Lee Johnson, Paul Philbin, Christophe Vidal, Melinda Rose, and Brian Harris to create artwork based on My Little Pony.”
Fan communities and artists should be able to work with companies to create derivative works, but this has always been a really frustrating thing to deal with, from both sides. Hopefully this will stand as an example of how a company as large as Hasbro can acknowledge, and work with its fandoms. Kudos to Hasbro for taking this step out into untested waters! :D
(Oh my god working for Shapeways is so cool. Sometimes I can’t even.)