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Turning G3 ponies into G4 ponies, advice?

Okay, so I was shopping with my mom and found an older My Little Pony book
with older characters in it.
I thought it would be pretty cool to draw some of the characters as FiM ponies! :3


But if I charge small amounts of money(no more than $1, probably) to allow people to pick
a character and choose whether they're drawn anthro or not, or an outfit for the pony
to wear, is that bad?
Copyright wise? What about by artists' morals? Would it be better if I did this for free?
I didn't think of it as a problem at first, but these are copyrighted characters...
So what do I do? :c

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fiawol
Aug. 26th, 2011 06:23 pm (UTC)
Basically, you're violating the trademark (you hold the copyright on anything you draw yourself) of the Pony characters, but as long as you are only doing it with original artwork, not selling prints of it afterwards, I'm not away of any corporation who would actually go after you and sue you. The only case (and it's famous because it is the ONLY case) was Disney going after a daycare center that painted Disney characters on their walls, and they garnered so much bad publicity (and had other corporations like Hanna Barbera come in afterwards and offer to paint their walls for free) that corporations don't bother with it anymore unless you look to mass-produce and sell those images. Basically, it's no worse a copyright violation than going into a copy shop and making a copy of a picture from a book where you did not get permission from Random House first. We all do it, so don't lose too much sleep over it.
aurastarlucario
Aug. 26th, 2011 06:55 pm (UTC)
Oh, I see. :3 Thanks!
marus_puppy
Aug. 26th, 2011 07:03 pm (UTC)
I actually heard that Hasbro and the MLP creators are pretty okay with you doing fanart type things (including making custom ponies) as long as you don't market them as legit characters.
lackoflollies
Aug. 26th, 2011 07:03 pm (UTC)
That's actually very comforting to hear. o.o
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mrst4nkr
Aug. 26th, 2011 07:25 pm (UTC)
Hasbro seriously doesn't give it a second thought. It gets them more publicity and they know it. If I ever find out someone has been sued by hasbro for them drawing a rendition of ponies/customizing ponies/using pony merchandise (stickers in resin, etc.) in their crafts and selling them, I'll let you know.

Til then, I wouldn't be very concerned.
aurastarlucario
Aug. 26th, 2011 07:26 pm (UTC)
Okay, thank you!
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sigilgoat
Aug. 26th, 2011 07:37 pm (UTC)
You should be fine doing whatever. Disney is the only company I've really heard of that throws a fit over stuff.

However, just be completely aware of the fact you're using someone elses creative ideas for profit. I know I might get some flak for saying that, but that's what selling fan-art does @__@
aurastarlucario
Aug. 26th, 2011 07:41 pm (UTC)
Oh don't worry, I'm aware of that- my fursona happens to be a Lucario.
It was the making money part I was worried about. :\
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immortalpanda
Aug. 26th, 2011 10:58 pm (UTC)
Hasbro doesn't mind at all. I've been doing it for years with no problem :)
leahtaur
Aug. 26th, 2011 11:45 pm (UTC)
Do charge more than $1! If you're using Paypal, the funds will eat up about a third of that.
aurastarlucario
Aug. 27th, 2011 12:13 am (UTC)
What do you mean by funds?

Don't tell me it actually eats my my girlfriend's money?!?! o__0
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dinogrrl
Aug. 27th, 2011 01:09 am (UTC)
On the one hand, yes, you are doing stuff with a character that's not yours that you could technically get sued over.

On the other hand, Hasbro is pretty darn embracing of their fan base. I've never heard of them coming down on anyone for selling fan works on the Transformers side of things, and I imagine it's the same for the MLP fan base.

That being said, whether or not it's okay by artistic morals and ethics is up to you. My personal ethics say it's not; I did it once (a commission with an official character, Hasbro no less) and it makes me uncomfortable to this day.
stormslegacy
Aug. 27th, 2011 02:12 am (UTC)
As other people have said, Hasbro has been wicked awesome about their fanbase and even releases official ponies for the community's conventions. The only person I've ever seen even threatened for a custom pony was nachtlit for her Snow Queen pony which looked uncannily like the actress, and the actress was upset.
aurastarlucario
Aug. 27th, 2011 02:37 am (UTC)
I never understood why someone would get upset about something like that. :\
grygon
Aug. 27th, 2011 03:32 am (UTC)
As a fan of the original MLP (and I still have a hard time with the new toon), I am glad to see a new fan getting into the old toon. :)
snobahr
Aug. 27th, 2011 04:27 am (UTC)
My Little Fauxnies :)
aurastarlucario
Aug. 27th, 2011 05:40 pm (UTC)
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