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Does anyone know if selling fan arts is legal?

I know the practice is pretty common at anime conventions.
But what's the legality behind this stuff? I know that DeviantART won't allow you to make fan arts into prints.

If someone knowledgeable can explain this to me in simple terms, that would be superb.


On a related note, would anyone buy my fan arts if I was allowed to turn them into prints? :3
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SIMPSONSDRAWER Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I can understand the fact that copying an exact image of something and selling it is illegal but what if you were a bit creative. For example there a Simpsons picture that was drawn in manga style. Would that be ok to sell? I've seen people create their own angry birds characters based off superhero's, would that be ok to sell?
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JNRICHARDS Featured By Owner May 2, 2014
what about if I was giving them out for free? is that still an infringement?
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OkiDokiStudios Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2013
Now let me ask you this. Me and my friend are making a Pokémon doujin with all the Kanto Gym Leaders gender reversed and featuring a love story between Syrus (Sabrina) and his Abra. Now are we allowed to sell the doujin? And if not are we allowed to at least post it online or give copies of the comics away at conventions for free? And plus I wish to make a movie out of the doujin with music from the hg/ss video games. Onlly two songs pieces will be added with Japanese lyrics. What is to be said about that really?
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deidara44 Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2014
well.. how about..
for example.

" i copied your exact drawing/doujin, or copied your original character..LITERARY... Almost like, a carbon copy.. 
and i sell it."

how's that?
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OkiDokiStudios Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2013
Now let me ask you this. Me and my friend are making a Pokémon doujin with all the Kanto Gym Leaders gender reversed and featuring a love story between Syrus (Sabrina) and his Abra. Now are we allowed to sell the doujin? And if not are we allowed to at least post it online or give copies of the comics away at conventions for free? And plus I wish to make a movie out of the doujin with music from the hg/ss video games. Onlly two songs pieces will be added with Japanese lyrics. What is to be said about that really?
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TheOriginalSnow Featured By Owner May 2, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Many people sell prints of fanart on deviantart and some even sell books of their prints. Like nenee and her art of vegeta and bulma of dragonball. I don't think anyone cares as long as you completely created the image yourself and didnt reproduce the original artist rendering of the characters.
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TheOriginalSnow Featured By Owner May 2, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Plus look at how man successful doujins there are that contain manga people that are not owned by the artists.
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maugryph Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2013  Student Digital Artist
I think Bishielurfer's explanation is spot on. However if you make art that is a parody, it is acceptable. That's how magazines like Mad and Cracked get away with it. Its always best to work something out with the copyright owner before selling anything just to be safe
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shirls59 Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2013
No. I just got busted by the RCMP for it in Canada. No arrest just a warning to stop. They are going to be cracking down on all fan art.
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Reiman76 Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2013
Just to be on the safe side, i'd rather keep fan art as personal stuff to be shared with friends and like-minded people. After all, it's not entirely original work and most people just do it for fun.
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