Topic: An illegal move?

Hello again. This might not be the right place to put this topic, but....

Although I might not do this, I was thinking of making a sprite comic. I was hoping to mix content from opensurge and ripped sonic stuff (especially the first couple "seasons" because of lack of sprites on the Surge front), but I'm not sure if its legal or not. I'm afraid of possible CC violations. Is the idea that I am proposing illegal, or is it OK?

Example, Sonic and the (Open Surge) Tux sprite in the same room, would that be breaking the CC?

Re: An illegal move?

Sonic sprites are copyright Sega of America.  As for Open Surge, they are CC-BY-SA, that means you can use them as long as you give attribution and if you modify Surge or any of the other open surge characters you must release these derivatives under the same open source license.  For more information, see the link below

http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/

You might get flack from Sega of America, but it is highly unlikely.  Simply look at Deviant Art for an example of what I am saying, hell I even know artists on there who make money selling commissions for drawings of Sonic characters on there all the time.

Copyright laws are quite ambiguous, just keep in mind that Open Surge is covered in such a way that you should be able to easily avoid problems and that Sonic is covered in such a way that you might run into problems but because of the huge fan art base of those characters you should be fine.

If I knew then what I know now I'd tell you that the story's true.  Cause whatever you do, it comes back to you.  -Slaughter, Burning Bridges

Re: An illegal move?

A sprite comic would be amazing!!! big_smile

Danfun64 wrote:

I'm afraid of possible CC violations.

there's the living proof that the copyright system is broken. It clearly inflicts fear and stifle creativity, doesn't it? Still, there's plenty of room for creativity. But people cannot express their gifts if they are kept in fear.

Danfyn64 wrote:

Although I might not do this

Why not? It's a great idea.

Danfun64 wrote:

I was hoping to mix content from opensurge and ripped sonic stuff

Can't you drop Sonic altogether? If you feel you absolutely must reference him, can you do it in such a way that it is not explicit, in a way in which you don't go into any paranoid copyright laws?

You talked about also using Tux in a comic, and that leads to the idea: why not make a sprite comic featuring open source characters? To this date, I have never heard of any such a comic. If you are a good storyteller, you can actually build an audience there.

Fear is the greatest barrier. Don't let it stop you.

And I'd be your fan, too tongue

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edit: here's a well-known comic about intellectual pooperty - http://ninapaley.com/mimiandeunice/

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Re: An illegal move?

Alexandre wrote:

...why not make a sprite comic featuring open source characters? To this date, I have never heard of any such a comic...

I didn't make it, and I'm not sure if it's "Free Content", but there is PAotH for Hedgewars at http://hedgewars.org/PAotH

Re: An illegal move?

You mean like this?

http://s18.postimage.org/ho65tblq1/Comic_1.png

:edited by mod to fix broken image:

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Dead account. YEAH

Re: An illegal move?

Alexandre wrote:

There's the living proof that the copyright system is broken. It clearly inflicts fear and stifle creativity, doesn't it? Still, there's plenty of room for creativity. But people cannot express their gifts if they are kept in fear.

I don't think this was done on purpose, I think it's just a matter of there has been so much published/copyrighted stuff "stolen" that they have made laws to prevent it (Which of course, does nothing to help); they are also in fear as well, and so many "laws" have been made that some even conflict with each other.

Last edited by S32X (2013-02-26 23:45:33)