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thelorax
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Re: Copyright protection of fictional characters
« Reply #10 on: Aug 2nd, 2005, 9:16pm »
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I'm referring to copying both the visual look of a character and the personality/abilities, etc. Although sometimes the names would be changed slightly, or completely. But most of the time people are just taking complete concepts (both the visual and the written or implied aspects) and "claiming" them as their own. I guess the problem comes in when people feel like their "brain child" has been used without giving them any credit whatsoever for their creative efforts. And I know that you can copyright an image but it isn't very clear about when it's okay to take the "subject" of an image and re-draw it without giving credit or asking permission from the person who created it. I mean obviously pictures of apples or dogs aren't going to be an issue. And there will always be a lot of grey area in what is "original enough". There just seems to be a lack of facts in general in situations like that in the art communities I'm part off. So I'm attempting to find some and give people some general idea of what they can do. It seems it's probably in people's best interest *not* to post their ideas and characters until their projects are complete if they don't want to run the risk of anything being taken.
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Re: Copyright protection of fictional characters
« Reply #11 on: Aug 3rd, 2005, 4:09am »
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Assuming a fictional subject, redrawing the subject in a new pose
is still going to require copying from the original drawing because
there is no other source for knowing what the character looks like.
 
Taking credit for a character is something a little different from copyright
infringement.  Plagiarism can occur with or without copyright
infringement and can include material that is not even protectable
under copyright.   But plagiarism while certainly unacceptable
social behaviour, is not always something that can be sued for.
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