The earliest Pippi products were issued at the end of the 1940s and since then many popular products such as toys, dolls, games and clothes have been produced. The starting point has always been for them to have a natural link with the books and the illustrations.
We are seeing a constantly increasing interest in developing products for new markets and we welcome all kinds of collaborations. To preserve the uniqueness of Astrid’s work we are diligent when choosing our partners, suppliers, and distributors in order to develop the best possible products.
Our products need to be of good quality, price point, and design, in line with Astrid Lindgren’s work. It is important to us that the production is done in a sustainable way, both socially and environmentally. The products should primarily be for children, encourage play and correspond with the stories and the characters. We license many categories of products, including clothes, costumes, games, toys, and homewares.
We license products within a number of licensing programs. Each program has a design manual which the licensee has access to. Right now, we are working with these licensing programs:
If you’re wondering what goods are already available, please have a look in the Astrid Lindgren shop (run by Astrid Lindgren's World) where a large number of products are available.
Many people have ideas about products that they want to make and we receive a huge number of requests about licenses. That is why we would like to briefly describe here how we work with these issues.
1. To start with we only need a short presentation of your idea and your company. If The Astrid Lindgren Company believes your idea is interesting and worthwhile then a more in-depth dialogue will ensue.
2. We would then like to see your market research and business plan. What do you want to do and when, in which markets, through which distribution and sales channels, who are your target groups and how would the production work?
3. If both parties agree to proceed then The Astrid Lindgren Company or our agent will draw up a licensing contract proposal. Very briefly it contains conditions on a) approval process, b) production, c) royalty and advance payments, and d) contract period and territory.
4. After this the product development, launch, and follow-up take place. The Astrid Lindgren Company is present for and approves every step of the product development, from idea to sketch to prototype and finally the finished product.
5. Ahead of the launch we work together on marketing and sales strategies, which are continuously followed-up on throughout the license period.
In the Nordic countries we work directly with our licensees, but outside the Nordic countries we mostly work indirectly through one of our licensing agents.
Our agents are:
Germany, Austria, Switzerland - Kiddinx www.kiddinx.de
Spain, Portugal - Mendia Licensing www.mendiasl.com
Italy - ETS Licensing etslicensing.com
South Korea - SMC www.smckorea.com
Japan - Copyrights Asia www.copyrights.co.jp
Agent for products with Ilon Wikland's illustrations is Rights & Brands, rightsandbrands.com
Names such as Pippi Longstocking, Ronja, the Robber's Daughter and Emil in Lönneberga etc. are trademark protected and in order to use them for commercial purposes you will need a license from The Astrid Lindgren Company. At this time, we only license illustrations from our licensing programs, which are based on original images from the books and films.
To place someone’s quote on a commercial product or in marketing does not constitute so-called fair use, i e it is not considered OK according to quotation rights. All such use of quotes requires permission from the rights holder.
You are allowed to make clothes inspired by Astrid Lindgren’s characters, but you are not allowed to sell or market them by, for example, stating that you’re selling an "Emil in Lönneberga"- cap or a "Pippi"-dress. Names such as Pippi Longstocking, Ronja, the Robber's Daughter and Emil in Lönneberga etc. are trademark protected and in order to use them for commercial purposes you will need a license from The Astrid Lindgren Company.
What is possible to do within the framework of so-called artistic license is generally quite generous. It is therefore OK to create artworks relating to Astrid Lindgren and her work, however it is not allowed to sell or market reproductions of them using Astrid Lindgren or any of her characters without permission.
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