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Do you think it's alright, for plush artist to take commissions or auction off copyrighted characters? 

497 deviants said I think as long as they don't mass produce them, its fine.
257 deviants said Its only ok, if the owners/companies give permission, or completely ok with it.
189 deviants said If it's a commission for someone, and not made to just sale for a easy profit.
142 deviants said No! its never ok to make money off copyrighted characters.
124 deviants said yes.
31 deviants said I think as long as they just hold auctions for them and never offer them as commissions, its fine.

Devious Comments

Eimu Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2014
It's illegal so no.
shadowsoffear Featured By Owner May 2, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Usually it's for a character that does not have an existing plush. And most plush makers I know put the disclaimer at the bottom to give credit to the series.
Toyger Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2013  Student Digital Artist
I think it's fine as long as it's an original or made in a small quantity.
Fireblast133 Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2013
it's a matter of if they only make them on a per request basis. Given many want their own character made, that's their own copyright, therefore them getting it commissioned means the maker has in no possible way violated copyright, cause the owner is giving them money and authorization in return for a product of such. Canon is a different matter, but the maker has to put effort in, and they all put their own spin on things.
Rocketai Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2013
I believe that making profit over a mass-produce can be quite a trouble. However, if you are asked for a COMMISSION, that means it's much more personal to what the client wants, so, in theory, you're not exactly breaking any rules by "selling" a copyrighted character. You're not exactly using the image of a copyrighted character as profit, but rather, following what your client wants. At least, that's my opinion.

I think that a good example could be you being a professional photographer. You're then contracted by a cosplayer to take pictures of them as copyrighted character. You take the pictures and sell them back to the cosplayer. I HIGHLY doubt you're gonna be sued because you're asking for payment for your work and the actual content is of a copyright material. However, it wasn't by your choice that the content is copyrighted, you merely followed instructions and deserves some sort of profit for putting your habilities to use. I dunno, I'm not a pro at these things, but it's just how I see.
Xintetsu Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2013
believe it or not alot of toys, products and other mass produced fan things are sold and commissioned all the time, products and such usually have little relation to the creators of a show...atleast thats how i understood it from something i watched on discovery channel.
blue-skyedillusions Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Commissions are a personal thing and hold more artist rights, if someone ASKS you to do something then you have the right to sell it to that particular person. It's kind of like burning a movie for a friend I suppose... continuing that analogy if you began mass producing burned movies with no intent on WHO you're selling it to it's totally different (: I hope that helped
DestroX71689 Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I would let somebody make plushes of my character under 2 conditions. 1. I get credited as the creator of the character. 2. I get one for free as the creator. Other than that as long as they don't mass produce them I don't want any cut for their hard work.
vengeofthestars Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
regardless of whether or not is 'okay' its illegal. There is no opinion on this matter. Its straight up illegal.
Romantic-Outlaw Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2013
yeah, but I think the poll was about how people feel about the law in question. People can have opinions about laws.
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