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Otakon Enforces Copyright at Artists' Alley

posted on by Christopher Macdonald
No Fanart Without License.

Otakon has announced via their forum (registration required) that the sale of fan art based on properties that the artist does not own the copyright for or have a license to produce will not be permitted at the Otakon artists' alley this year.

The full text of the statement reads:
Otakon's Artists Alley will be actively disallowing the sale of unlicensed copyrighted materials. If you own it, you can sell it. If you have license to it, you can sell it. But if it has material (images, sounds, etc.), in whole or in part, to which you DO NOT have permission to sell, then that material will not be allowed in the Artists Alley. Anyone found in violation of this rule loses their retail space in Artists Alley for the remainder of the convention. (The above statement will be officially/legally worded and posted on the site during February, after our lawyer and Otakorp President have approved it.)

5b. Policy for the DISPLAY of unlicensed copyrighted material - provided it is NOT FOR SALE - is currently under review.

Works of parody, for which the U.S. legal code permits fair use exemptions to copyright, may be permitted. These will be reviewed on a case by case basis.

This article has a follow-up: Addendum: Otakon Fanart Policy (2006-01-29 16:36)
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