Basically just giving my mod blog a primary spot with a different email, so when I answer someone privately the message isn’t bounced to my old ask blog.
and still will not let them sell fanart at conventions…
I’m not understanding this line of thought. I don’t see how making money off your Intellectual Property means you should then give away your IP to let others make money off of it. Hussie not allowing unlicensed fanart to be sold doesn’t have anything to do with how much money his Kickstarter has gotten. In fact, allowing unlicensed fanart to be sold is actually dangerous to him from a legal standpoint, because if a copyright holder doesn’t enforce their copyright there’s a chance they could lose it. Knowingly letting unlicensed merchandise be sold can be used as legal fodder if it comes down to some sort of court-case.
I’ve seen people react to Hussie not allowing unlicensed fanart as if he’s the ONLY IP-holder in the world that doesn’t allow it. All non-licensed merchandise is illegal, and people are only “allowed” to sell it at conventions because it slips under the radar of most IP-holders. Some big IP-holders, like Nintendo, tend to view convention fanart as small-fry and not worth their time to prosecute. Others, like Disney, crack down hard when they discover unlicensed fanart. And some, like Valve, don’t really care that much about selling fanwork and sometimes reward great fanartists with jobs or putting their items in game. You never know what companies will prosecute and which ones don’t, and at the end of the day, it’s the person selling the unlicensed work that is breaking the law.
Hussie has actually been SUPER CHILL about the problem of unlicensed merchandise, giving explicit permission for the selling of original artwork and giving artists the option of talking to What Pumpkin about the licensing of their art, if possible. A lot of companies will flat out not even consider that sort of thing.
Hussie isn’t Nintendo or DIsney or Valve, either. Hussie and What Pumpkin are small independent artists and unlicensed merchandise hurts them more than big huge companies. Yes yes, he made a ton of money on Kickstarter, but he has to spend a lot of money to keep Homestuck going. Bandwidth fees, the time it takes to make Homestuck, paying the freelance artists and musicians, buying, selling, and keeping track of merchandise, these things all cost money, and the more popular you and your IP are, the more money it costs to maintain it. Mo’ Money Mo’ Problems.
So I don’t understand why “making money off of a thing you created” should equal “giving up rights to your intellectual property so fans can also make money off a thing you created.”
But then again, creator rights are something I’m intensely invested in, since my entire livelyhood revolves around me being able to make money off of my own IP and the idea of losing my copyright scares the complete hell out of me!
EDIT: I want to clarify the “losing copyright” thing as I worded that wrong! You can’t “lose” your copyright, as it is yours the moment you create something under the current copyright laws in the USA, but having the copyright and PROVING you have the copyright are two different things when it comes to the courts. Publishing on the internet makes it a lot easier to prove that you’re the copyright holder, but there’s still nothing wrong with protecting your copyright!! (thanks Max!)
I understand the line of thought. It goes “I’m entitled to what I want and fuck everyone else.” And it’s stupid.
askashapeshifter asked: Hope you feel better soon. Take your time. (Tea makes all things better.) That said, I look forward to the result. Be well, and be safe.
Naw I’ll be fine. Its more like my lack of sleep caught up to me and now I’m paying for it, haha. Sleep and a good meal helped tons.