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Copyright Abuse

Journal Entry: Fri Jul 26, 2013, 8:58 AM

Ok, the cold hard truth here, If you put something on the internet out to the public, expect it to the inspire others. It just shows they enjoy your work and want to learn from it, that's what being a Idol is about. 

"In a recent decision of the Full Federal Court, the Court reaffirmed the fundamental legal principle that copyright does not protect ideas and concepts but only the particular form in which they are expressed.[2] The effect of this principle is that you cannot copyright a style or technique. Copyright only protects you from someone else reproducing one of your actual artworks not from someone else coming up with their own work in the same style."

 You can become known for doing something a certain way but you can't own it, you can only own the work as a whole. The same go's for characters, if its just similar not the same copyrights don't apply, even more so if its a generic design to began with. 

So people stop bother the DA staff with this nonsense, If you report a stolen "style" or similar character, Deviantart Help staff is not going to Help you , Because nothing was stolen you don't own the "style" and you don't own every Red Doggy with a purple scarf.

Sending your white knights after others inspired by you or like you by coincidence , makes you weak and childish. 

Good day 
Joker Ash by VengefulSpirits

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Eun-Gi Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
I mean, people have drawn in PPG style, and other cartoon and games as well - but you can't go around saying that your work and their work is similar, but you can tell them that they took the artwork and redoing it, right? (Like I take some gaming concept artwork - and redo the entire image) 
VengefulSpirits Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'm not sure what you are asking? 
Eun-Gi Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
I'm just trying to understand it, since I'm not the best at it. ;; 

So like anyone can have a similar style, but you can't sue them for it.

But, if someone has copied an artwork that was made by you (Like some concept drawings/paintings for a movie or a game), you can sue them.
VengefulSpirits Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
A style is considered a Technique and you can't own a  Technique.

If someone copies your art completely like the whole image and try's to sale it for money or something, then you could possibly try to sue them, but honestly it would cost you more money to take them to court. 
Kira-Nightshade Featured By Owner Edited Jul 19, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I know this is completely of topic but I have to say this I really do love how the mouse pointer is ash/venge XD
Icarusis Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
this is a great journal man and so is your other one!! im gonna fave them both haha
HoshikoStarWolf Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This journal entry is going in my faves :D Thank you so much for writing it!
xxMossfacexx Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
MephilesfanforSRB2 Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
Gold star
Rainbow-Foxy Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2013  Student General Artist
Someone's argument was that this person who had the idea to put a bird pelt on a dog was protected by Australia's free copyright and that it was illegal to draw a dog with a bird pelt on it if you weren't the "original creator".


didnt native americans put pelts on things for a long time???

its also not that original???


i'm the bad person for saying that you can't copyright an idea like that???



I'm sorry im just kinda angry, eh
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