Quick Answer: Is It Legal To Sell Fan Art?

Is Nintendo OK with fan art?

It’s Officially OK to Put Nintendo Characters in Non-Commercial Projects.

This week Nintendo President Saturo Iwata announced that the company will allow fans (or critics) to create derivative works representing Nintendo characters and universes without having to pursue licensing..

Seeking permission So no, without consent, making a fan game is not, generally speaking, legal. There is something that creators can do if they want to make a fan game however, and avoid receiving a nasty cease and desist in their inbox.

Where can I sell my fan art?

Some sites that provide selling platforms, such as RedBubble X Research source and TeePublic X Research source , also have brand partnerships that allow you to sell fan art with permission from the copyright owner.

If intellectual property owners or their authorized agents consider something on Etsy to be infringing on their IP, they may send a notice of infringement to us, in accordance with Etsy’s policies, to request its removal. Etsy may remove or disable access to the material.

Is digital art cheating?

Megan, the answer is no, digital art is not cheating it’s simply another skill to achieve that you’ve created. Creativity is ART, not skill, not talent, creativity is what makes the artist. Digital drawing is simply another skill to be learned.

Etsy won’t stop you from uploading fan art and make sales. However if you don’t have the license and your item is reported then it will be taken down and your shop may be shutdown too. If you are wondering why etsy doesn’t immediately remove fanart and other IP infringing listings, it’s due to Safe Harbor law.

Is selling Pokemon illegal?

Selling the game isn’t illegal; although some companies want to make it so, or at least sue-able. Selling in-game items, currency, etc, is illegal because you’re selling copyrighted data to make money.

Can I sell anime fanart?

As long as you only show your private artwork, then you can upload whatever picture of any copyrighted character you want. But if you are actively making money with that fanart of yours, then that is illegal! So if you are selling that artwork as a print on whatever you want to print it on, it is illegal!

Can I draw a picture of Mickey Mouse and sell it?

No you cannot paint, offer for sale, sell, or otherwise tinker with a Disney character, at least it is illegal without an express license from the Walt Disney company.

Can I use Mickey Mouse in my art?

Generally not. That’s because Mickey Mouse is trademarked (and Disney is one of the most aggressive about finding and legally pursuing any uses of their trademarks where profit is involved). Trademarks are different from copyrights btw, so certain Mickey Mouse images may also be copyrighted.

Can I draw copyrighted characters?

It would be illegal for you to accept compensation for violating copyright law (and trademark law) by creating drawings of copyrighted characters. If you do so, you are engaging in direct, willful, illegal copyright infringement.

Can I sell BTS fanart?

Without such an agreement and contract. Selling something with BTS on it, is illegal.

How much do you have to change artwork to avoid copyright?

There is no “30% Rule.” I work with a lot of clients who are building their brands and their content, and one question I frequently get is “isn’t there a rule where you can copy something as long as you change 30% of it?”

Can you sell fan art of celebrities?

So … if your painting is a merely a faithful likeness of a person then you need that person’s permission to sell the painting. But if your painting conveys other, significant information in a way that does not simply trade on the person’s likeness, then you do not need that person’s permission to sell the painting.

Can I draw and sell Disney characters?

You cannot sell your drawings of Disney characters because, by doing so, you would be infringing on The Walt Disney Company’s copyrights and trademarks. These characters are their intellectual property. If you want to sell your Disney artwork, you have to secure a license from them.

Can I put a picture of a celebrity on a shirt and sell it?

Some celebrities fiercely protect the use of their image because they know it has significant monetary value. It’s generally not permissible to print celebrity images on merchandise without authorization to do so. Short answer: No.

Is selling fan art illegal?

The basic law is that whoever holds the copyright to a certain thing has the sole right to make and sell “derivative works” , including sequels, based on the original concept. Even characters in a book or plot elements can have copyright protection. Fan fiction can definitely be considered a “derivative work”.

Why does Nintendo shut down fan projects?

Some companies shut down fangames as copyright infringements. Original copyright holders can order a cease and desist upon fangame projects, as by definition fangames are unauthorized uses of copyrighted property. Many fangames go as far as taking music and graphics directly from the original games.

Can I paint a picture of a dead celebrity and sell it?

Yes, you can paint a picture of the dead and sell it. You cannot legally slander the dead.

Can I sell Harry Potter fan art?

For example, JK Rowling accepts and encourages fan art of her Harry Potter series made by genuine fans which is not sold and so long as the creator makes it clear that Rowling is unaffiliated. However, if it falls outside the bounds of propriety, she objects to its creation and promulgation.