Originally Posted by baytowntex
its a crime to alter cards and then try to sell them..if you dont have the right to alter the card then there are major legal issues..it is common sense...and im sure this is what sellers will do or have done...i dont see how the artist would agree to alter it...
Um, I hope this doesn't sound like I'm being a jerk but I'm starting to think that you actually think this is legally criminal activity. I am doubtful you could produce any statute or section of U.S. law that prevents the owner of a piece of art from defacing it -- licensed by a card manufacturer or not. I'm aware of the Berne Convention and some copyright law but I fail to see how any of that could apply to this situation.
I do understand that misrepresentation during a sale could be a civil (not criminal) suit but I'm failing to find anything in the books calling this illegal. As long as the information of the card's history is pushed forward, I don't see anyway you could charge anybody involved with anything.
Could the manufacturer blacklist all those involved in the operation? Sure, why not? You choose who you do business with.
To reiterate, I am super against this but I'm not so keen on stripping away people's rights to do with their possession as they so choose. This is a freedom that this country is founded upon. Again, it is morally reprehensible but not a crime.
Please stop calling it a crime unless you can cite what criminal charges should be brought forth!