Ye Olde Republic wrote:... Rocko has posed an interesting question about a legality issue
Well, perhaps because few of us are lawyers with extensive knowledge of intellectual property issues...but when has that ever stopped me?
I would guess that since the BF designs essentially take the TLC horse and dog designs and modify them that if TLC made their own, BF would have a hard time claiming copyright infringement. Even if they could theoretically assert such a claim I cannot see how they could pursue it with any hope of victory. TLC no doubt has a legal department that operates on a budget many times that of BF. Pursuing such a claim would be too costly and the outcome not certain.
As it is I'm happy to continue to buy BF's excellent products and give the mini-duplo cows to my small children.