My work chum made a minecraft box for his 8 year old niece as a birthday present. Other people have been interested in it, but he's unsure of a price for it that would be fair and worth his time putting labour into it (took him around 8+ hours straight). He is an excellent craftsman, everything about it is well designed and put together. Any input is appreciated.
IDK. "Essentially the simple rule is do not make commercial use of anything we‘ve made unless specifically agreed by us" sounds pretty definite to me.
So does "So the one major rule is that (unless we specifically agree it – such as in brand and asset usage guidelines) you must not:
* make commercial use of anything we‘ve made; * try to make money from anything we‘ve made
I'd still talk to Mojang first- may keep you out of big (expensive) trouble.
(Note: we're not lawyers! You might want to talk to a lawyer before talking to Mojang.)
But CAN most people make one themselves? And finished well? In finished carpentry, 1/16" off is huge. If it is not worth $400 then how much is it worth?
For $400, they could learn.
I personally find woodwork to often be over-inflated value. But that's just me. If it were made of metal, then I could see it being worth $400, since metal is WAY harder to work with, and even less likely for someone to be able to make themselves due to the tools necessary. But a box like this, you could make it out of plywood and get the satisfaction of making something yourself, even if it isn't masterwork.
I do love things made out of wood, don't get me wrong, but more often then not, wood things are expensive, seemingly just "because its wood".
Which does bring to mind. What kind of wood is the box made out of? Are there pictures in an unpainted state? Im curious as to what the joints look like, if they are fitted or just simply nailed.
Brings back memories of some carpentry show I used to watch growing up. Forget its name...
Anyhoo, it does sound like its a good quality box. Your friend may have better luck selling unpainted versions so there won't be any issue with its legality.
But seriously, $400 seems like a bit much. If you factor out the cost of materials being like ~$50, that leaves the rest for cost of labor, which is effectively $40-$45 an hour. If that is on par with his normal pay rate, then go for it, otherwise something like $200-$250 seems more reasonable. Still more than I would ever pay, but reasonable.
Also note, take anything I say with a grain of salt. I am a consumer, so what I consider "worth it" is debatable.
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Multiplayer is lonely once you understand how it actually works.
As for me he price, that is very expensive. Especially for a simple box made of MDF. It may have taken him 8+ hours to build it, but I would imagine the time would be considerably less with each iteration once he knew what he was building.
All of this debate is moot, as Geneo stated, there are no proven lawyers here, only speculation; but I agree, this is in copyright infringement waters. Microsoft isn't going to chase him down with their lawyers for building this as a gift for his niece, but they might if he tried to start crafting and selling them for profit. You'd be hard pressed to prove that that isn't considered profiting from their intellecual property. Just look at the flood of branded toys and figurines on any store shelf. Mojang/Microsoft is well aware of the merchandising value of Minecraft.
This is even further speculation on the fact that the OP posted pictures of the box crafted by his "work chum" and his intentions are somewhat unknown. I like building funiture from old pallets but have no illusions of building them to sell. Then that would be work, and not a hobby.