Username Post: Syfy's Heroes of Cosplay
Nigoki 
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Nigoki
Age: 36
Reg: 02-25-09
08-27-13 02:24 PM - Post#12720    
    In response to EllyStar

Like a lot of things in fandom, it walks a very fine line. Sometimes companies look at things like cosplay as fans doing free advertising for them, but it usually because money isn't involved, there are prizes, but not cash.
I remember a few years back there was a big to-do because a record label found out about AMV.org. I forget the exact details, but I think it was settled because no one was making a profit from the site, so it wasn't like the musical artists were losing a sale.

I'm no lawyer, but my view is that photographers create the images with their skills and equipment, that's their creation/product. Using their image without consent is using their product without permission.

I should bug the person I know who studied intellectual property law, get his thoughts.
-Doug Wilder
Resident Mecha fanboy of AnimeCons TV!

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