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#1 User is offline   Majin_Puar 

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Posted 11 September 2009 - 05:20 PM

So I was arguing with someone over the legality of artist alley. And if you were to sell artwork (hand painted pictures of a character) in artist alley how you could avoid copyright violations of a copyrighted character.

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Posted 11 September 2009 - 06:35 PM

View PostMajin_Puar, on Sep 11 2009, 06:20 PM, said:

So I was arguing with someone over the legality of artist alley. And if you were to sell artwork (hand painted pictures of a character) in artist alley how you could avoid copyright violations of a copyrighted character.


(NOTE: These are my thoughts alone, and do not necessarily reflect the official views/standpoints/etc. of MAPS or AnimeCentral.)

It's actually kinda interesting you mention this. AnimeIowa had to tell everybody a couple years ago that (due to a third party who was helping run the con) there would be no and I repeat NO fanart permitted for sale in the con. Oh yes, plenty of people were upset about that. (I felt quite fortunate that I'd gone the year before, and gotten an awesome painting of Alucard from the auction.)

But, on the flipside, a handful of years ago, a friend and I were walking around AA when we spotted a small group near a vendor's table. (I can't remember the poor guy's name, but he's the one who does Drunk Sailor Moon.) It turned out to be one of the Sailor Moon artists with an escort, including a translator! Now, she apparently was impressed and amused by the dealer-artist's work, and thus did a wonderful autographed drawing of Usagi/Serena on the spot just for him. (It's worth noting that my friend, who is a huge Sailor Moon fan, also got to chat with her for a minute. ^^) So apparently, she had no qualms whatsoever with it.

As to the legalities...that's a good question. The thing is, I actually know a couple of the people that regularly go to Artist Alleys (not just at ACen) - and they not only sell their fanart works there, but also on DeviantArt and other sites. It's worth mentioning that these same people cover their butts by noting wherever they post their work that the characters are NOT their property, and note specifically who created the character. I would think that as long as that fact is known, and as long as they acknowledge that it is simply a fan creation, then they can't be held liable.

But again, I'm not entirely sure. And these are purely my own thoughts on the matter.

ETA: I've made a request for a more official standpoint on this issue. I know this might be a sensitive topic to some, but let's keep the posts cool until we hear from someone higher up in the food chain~
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Posted 11 September 2009 - 09:11 PM

Well being the Artist Alley / Art Show / Exhibit Hall Department Head I figure I will help clarify this before it begins. Our Rules and Regulations are clearly posted on the website and the forums. If you wish to see what is permitted at our Artist Alley / Art Show you may visit those rules and read them.

I would like to also thank Saphrinka for letting me know of the issue since it directly influences my department.
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