[Clipart] copyright question
eady at galion.lib.oh.us
Fri Feb 10 10:32:20 PST 2006
Open Clip Art Library Feedback Form wrote:
> I created by myself a vector drawing of some pokemon pictures...
> I would like to share this drawings but I don't know if they are my
> property because they are my creation or if they are copyrighted
> because I used copyrighted figures.
Generally speaking, the act of redrawing is not enough to free
a copyright-protected work from copyright protection. An
original drawing may incorporate an *idea* from another drawing,
without being a derivative work, but if it is substantially a
copy of the other drawing, it is a derivative work, not an
For instance, if you created an original drawing that depicted
an original monster that just happened to live in a pocket, you
would probably be okay (and would presumably own the copyright
yourself, so that you could do what you like), but if you merely
redraw a specific Pokemon character, it is probably still protected
by copyright (and possibly also by trademark).
I am not a lawyer, and this is not legal advice.
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