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. 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."
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.
There are many similar characters and artwork out there, and we have to accept it :] We do not 'own' a style.
Thank you, Ash.
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.
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.
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
they r being total robbers and stealing art...
What if I saw a character like:
I made another character with the same positioning of the markings and the same colours, but I decided to change only one eye colour.
Wouldn't that be against the copyright law? =/
Because what if someone wanted to annoy someone on purpose, did the above, and then used the copyright law as an excuse that they don't have to take the character down?
People can now just copy and paste the character's complicated design without changing it, use it to their liking because the owner of the character can't do anything because they don't have the money.
Now, I know that a person can't own every single wolf with brown fur and stripes and amber eyes and such, nor can they own a very simple design like a black cat with green eyes.
But saying that I can almost freely go around, reproducing this design to the dot: sillythewolf.deviantart.com/ar… and not need to take it down because the person needs to dish out money which they don't have...
Hmm... why is it always about money?
(And I was using Sillythewolf's character as an example.)
It has nothing to do with the copyright law unless someone actually went through all of the gruesome, tiring and expensive steps to copyright their fursona or Sonic character.
Trademark: " a symbol, word, or words legally registered or established by use as representing a company or product. "
Sonic is trademarked to SEGA. While your character would be copyright to you since it is not a logo nor a representative of any form of product nor company.
So yes you can copyright a character, like how Wreck it Ralph is copyrighted to Disney, but Mickey mouse is trademarked since he is the logo or representative character of Disney.
and is it worth copyrighting a character which is
The fact that she has to use and manipulate people to give her characters she's obsessed with is pathetic and I wish there was something I could do to stop her... it's going to be only a matter of time before she hurts someone with theft again.
Red Doddy with a purple scarf? So cuteeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee