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Dutch crown design

Posted: Tue Mar 09, 2021 11:07 am
by Steve79
Dear Members,

I am creating an interactive eBook (Alice in Wonderland).
I am using 3D models as the basis of my illustrations.

I purchased a 3D model of a crown which was modelled after the Dutch crown.

This is the original Dutch crown: ... erland.jpg

These are my illustrations with the slightly modified version of the crown:
Please look at both images, so you can get a better idea:

This is the actual 3D model that I purchased: ... el/1101511

I did modify the crown a bit. But it's still based on an actual crown that is used by the Dutch monarchy.
- Am I legally safe? Or there could be issues?
- Or shall I further modify the crown, if yes how much?
- Or is it OK as it is?

I would appreciate any expert insight!
Thank you!

Re: Dutch crown design

Posted: Tue Mar 09, 2021 3:43 pm
by AndyJ
Hi Steve,

I can't comment on Dutch law with respect to any special protection (Royal Prerogative) which the Royal regalia may enjoy, but given that image of the crown has been made available, seemingly with full permission for them to be reproduced, by the Dutch Ministry of Defence, I think you are on fairly safe ground. The design of crowns of this type all share certain common features, and in this case I would say that the most distinguishing feature of the Dutch crown is the 8 broad arches. The design of the 3D model shows some significant differences including, but not limited to, the texture of the orb and cross which surmount the crown. I think the design is OK as it is and doesn't need any further modification.
I have no idea exactly when the Dutch crown was first made (the Wikipedia article suggests it was in the mid nineteenth century), but unless it was within the last 120 years, it is unlikely that any copyright will apply to it.

Re: Dutch crown design

Posted: Tue Mar 09, 2021 8:39 pm
by Steve79
Thank you for your insight / advice!