1. First impression: This person is way too cool to talk to me.
2. Truth is: Holy shit, she’s talking to me and she thinks I’m beautiful? <angel.gif>
3. How old do you look: early-mid 20’s, most of the time.
4. Have you ever made me laugh: Yep! Just last weekend!
5. Have you ever made me mad: Sorta? I get upset when you push yourself too hard and hurt yourself. And I’ll admit, I get impatient sometimes, which causes me to lose patience with you and get grumpy. I’m really sorry, and I’m trying to work on it.
6. Best feature: I can’t name a single one. I love everything about you. Your ever-changing hair styles, your big blue eyes, your heart-melting smile, your dry wit, and… some other features best left for private discussions ^.~
7. Have I ever had a crush on you: *laughs* We’re engaged… I hope that would be self-explanatory
8. You’re my: Everything
9. Name in my phone: In the “nickname” field, you’re “Beloved” - but it doesn’t show as the contact name.
10. Should you post this too? yuss
1. First impression: “Wow, she smiles a lot! Is she capable of feeling sad?”
2. Truth is: “Oh god, she’s sad… what do I do? What do I do? THIS IS AWFUL AND NOT RIGHT!”… but then you’re smiling and laughing the rest of the time
3. How old do you look: Pretty much the age you are. Sometimes a little older when you’re all serious and you’re like “Really?” while looking over the top of your glasses frames.
4. Have you ever made me laugh: Yep :p
5. Have you ever made me mad: Not so much mad as frustrated. I don’t like communications impasses.
6. Best feature: Doze baby blues
7. Have I ever had a crush on you: mmmyes.
8. You’re my: friend who is pretty much always down for dinner and a chat and tipping my super-negative brain back towards reality. Yay grounding!
9. Name in my phone: Laura-Lou
10. Should you post this too? I got it from you o_o
So, hey. I like fanart. I think it’s cool that you like something sooooo much that you’re like, “Damn, I gotta draw a picture of these characters to show how awesome I think they are! Then I’m gonna share it on tumblr or deviantART or some shit.”
But somewhere along the way, that line of thinking turns into: “Hey, these characters are popular! Even if they’re not mine, if I draw them a lot… maybe sexy or maybe making out or maybe doing stupid shit, people will buy this and I can make money on it!”
Which is great and all. But. We’re missing a step. “Oh, snap! These characters aren’t mine! I’m technically STEALING intellectual property for personal gain! Maybe I should contact the people that own the rights to the characters I’m appropriating and ask for permission to use them in a profitable way since they’re not making any money off their intellectual property when I use it like this…”
But then bitches be like, “Aw, hell, they’re huge corporations. They won’t notice the money I make off prints or t-shirts or plushies or whatever. The profit I’m making doesn’t hurt them at all. Plus they should thank me! I’m making this thing I love MORE POPULAR!” Except you have thousands of people doing the exact same thing and those profits add up pretty quickly. Since the franchise owners are losing money on merchandising, they have to find other ways to make it up - subscriptions for premium content, DLC to unlock the “rest” of the story, etc. Animation studios and smaller video game companies still end up hemorrhaging money, though, due to piracy and used product markets. Our fandoms are literally choking the life out of the things we love because people feel entitled to a product that does not belong to them.
"But what about Fair Use?! That means I can make fanart, right?" Yes and no. You can make it, but you can’t *sell* it, because that impacts the "potential market" for the copyrighted material. THIS LINK highlights what constitutes fair use. Many people try to hide within the parody loophole by claiming their derivative work is somehow parody or satire of the original - when in the vast majority of cases it is not. Just because you’ve rendered a particular character or object in your own “style” doesn’t give you the legal wherewithal to market that item for profit.
"But doujinshi are legal in Japan!" — By definition, yes. However, doujinshi - self-published works - are not all derivative works. The ones that are based on existing characters or franchises are tolerated because they are often sold for little more than the cost of producing them and because they have the potential for a positive effect on the fandom for which they are produced as well as serving as a sort of "training ground" for future manga talent. People HAVE been litigated against for the sale of doujinshi in Japan, but it’s so rampant that they only target extreme cases or cases in which the fan-created work is too similar to the original source.
Here’s the deal. Fanart is fine - as long as you’re not profiting from it. Once you start to turn a profit, you’re in violation of US, Japanese, and International Copyright laws (in the case of anime, manga, and Japanese-origin video games.) If you want to make a profit, CONTACT THE LICENSE HOLDER. Call Nintendo, or Square-Enix (haha, good luck with that one!) or Nickelodeon. Contact Hasbro, Cartoon Network, DC or Marvel. Many times, you can actually be granted the rights to produce a work in a limited run for profit. But don’t just do fanart to make a quick buck. It hurts the franchise and it’s discrediting yourself as an artist.