HBO has squashed a new 3D printed product by nuPROTO 3D print artist Fernando Sosa.
The product, "Throne Dock" is an iPhone/Android docking station inspired by the hugely popular HBO series, "Game of Thrones". At first, it seems like a good idea: "Let your friends and coworkers tremble at the sight of your Throne Dock."
But then HBO intervened. nuPROTO's updates tell the story:
Due to a cease and desist letter from HBO we are pulling the product until we can work something out with HBO. Keep checking our site and blog for an update of this matter. Thanks for the interest and please check out our other product development services and other products.
HBO declined our offer to license the throne charging station because another company has licensed the idea of a throne charging station. Money will be refunded to those few who bought this product and we apologize if anyone thought this was anything more than inspired fan art work.(PS. we are working on something better)
So it goes. The moral of the story here is that just because you can design something, you don't always have the legal right to do so. Our advice: be creative, be unique and always build your own thing.