August 7th, 2012

  • takesu

Selling artwork of someone else's OC?

Hi, all,
I've been thinking a lot on copyrights and stuff, these kinds of things really confuses me. 
My question is, is it alright to sell the artwork that you drew of someone else's oc? Like if someone commission you to draw a painting of their OC, can you sell the original physical drawing of it for profit without asking or their permission? what about prints?

I see people selling their sketches of drawings done for commissioners to other people, is this OK?
dog, furry, dalmatian

Commission Problem MurphyErasmus

Who: MurphyErasmus (Furaffinity) Don't know any of her other aliases
Where: Windows Live Messenger/ Hotmail, Furaffinity 
What: Fursuit partial commission, including a head, tail, feet and hand paws.  We came to 
an agreement of 200$ for the partial, to be paid in 4 separate installments of 50$. All 4 
installments were paid. All that was left was shipping charges, which we agreed wouldn't be 
paid until after the suit was completed. 
July 19th 2011 - We came to an agreement as to the price and what was going to be in the 
commission. The partial fursuit with the head, tail, feet and hand paws. We agreed that 
200$ would be the price excluding shipping that would be calculated later. We also agreed 
that the suit would be paid off in 4 separate installments. 
July 20th 2011 - I sent her the first installment of 50$ Which is noted below by the paypal 
receipt. The payment was sent to Later that day, she messaged me 
saying she wanted to get started right away and ask for the second payment earlier so that 
she could buy the materials. So 2 hours or so after the first installment was paid the 
second one was sent, once again 50$ to the same email address. As shown by the screencap
July 25-30th 2011 - She contacts me again with a status update and states that she had 
begun work and that everything was going smoothly. She then sent me pictures that are 
linked below. 
August 8th 2011 - I sent her the last 2 payments, both each of 50$. I noted in the 
description section of paypal that these were payments for a fursuit. Like the first two 
payments these were sent to and they are proven by the screencaps of 
the receipt. 
August 9th 2011 - She contacts me on msn to state that she has received the payments and 
that I should be getting the suit sometime around October, and that shed message me on FA 
sometime during October when it was finished. I don't message her again until November 1st 
because I assumed she was working on it and I didn't want to be a bother. 
November 1st 2011 -  I message her to enquirer about the fursuit cause she failed to 
contact me about the completion. 
November 7th 2011 - She responds to my message and states that she might be dying of liver 
failure so she hasn't had time to work on it. She states that a few things needed to be 
fixed on the suit and states they should be done soon. I sent a response saying that that 
was ok, cause of the "circumstances".
November 16th 2011 - She responds to my message and states that she was sick and didn't 
have time to work on the suit. She also stated for the in-convince that I would receive a 
few free badges, and pictures as to were she was in the progress. I ask if I can receive 
the pics by that Sunday, she stated that she could do that and it was never done.  When I 
messaged her back. I got no response. I send more messages after this inquiring what was 
happening to no response. 
February 7th 2012 - She finally responds to my messages from November 2011. She now states 
that she still hasn't done anything on the suit cause she was facing eviction and cant 
afford to feed herself. She gave me two options, she could either finish it or just give me 
a refund. When I stated what I wanted, her to complete it, she responded with an ok. 
March 1st - Present - I've been messaging her every two weeks inquiring about the fursuit. 
She has yet to respond to any of my messages and it was at this point I have come to 
believe that she just took my money and ran with it. I've also commented on her FA page and 
gotten no response. 
August 1st 2012 - Friend of mine also comments on her page about the fursuit commission. 
The comment was deleted the following day. 
           Message 1 Message 2  Message 3
Supposed Progress 1 2 3

Commissioner Islandforge won't pay or communicate

WHO: Islandforge on


WHAT: He ordered a commission from me for a lineart of him and his wife...Said he liked the finished product- and more than a month later hasn't paid OR responded despite being online and posting work.

WHEN: I finished and posted his commission July 21st.

PROOF: I went clearing out my inbox and naively got rid of his notes too. All I really have is the commission- and a photo he sent me for reference. The commission is here I wouldn't go through the trouble to draw something that wasn't a personal work if someone hadn't asked me to.

EXPLAIN: Islandforge commissioned me to do some lineart- not expensive at all- of him and his wife. The agreed price was 15USD, which would be delivered on delivery of commission. I sent him the image and he was happy with it- but since then he's ceased all communication, ignoring my polite notes requesting payment/reminding him.

MOOD: Unsatisfied.