Man, what a fantastic experience! I’m already stoked for next year
Firstly, thank you to everyone who came out to the show to chat and/or to purchase from us! It was so amazing to meet you all.
Below is the stock that we have left. We may bring back a few pieces to Kameha-Con 2 in April 2019 but we are already planning on creating completely new art. If you see something that you missed out on, be sure to grab it while it lasts
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**I do not plan to restock items between now and Kameha-Con 2019. Once it’s gone, it’s GONE!
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Below is Funi's official statement from 2015:
At law, a fan-created artwork that is clearly based on existing artwork owned by a copyright holder other than the fan (e.g. Funimation), is considered an unauthorized “derivative work” or an unauthorized reproduction (by substantial similarity) and therefore infringes the copyright holder’s rights under 17 U.S.C. § 106.
Despite Funimation’s legal stance on this issue, Funimation appreciates the entertainment, education and skill that goes into and arises from the imitation and creation of works derived from existing works of popular manga and anime. Funimation likewise realizes that the “Artist Alley” area of most conventions can be a good showcase for these works and therefore Funimation tends not to enforce its copyright rights against those in Artist Alley who may be infringing Funimation’s copyright rights.
Funimation’s trademark rights, on the other hand, cannot go unenforced. This stems from a key distinction between U.S. Copyright Law and U.S. Trademark Law—in short, if copyright rights are not enforced, the copyright stays intact and the copyright holder generally will not suffer any harm beyond the infringement itself. But if trademark rights are not enforced, the trademark can be cancelled. Because of this difference, Funimation cannot knowingly tolerate unauthorized use of its trademarks, such as use of trademarks in conjunction with the display or sale of works whose creation is likewise unauthorized. This means that Funimation will take action if it or its agents discover unauthorized works, including fan art, which include a Funimation-owned/licensed trademark within the work or are on display in conjunction with signage bearing a Funimation-owned/licensed trademark. Note that the trademarks Funimation is primarily concerned with are brand names and logos.As to the Dealer’s Room, Funimation strictly enforces both its copyright rights and trademark rights, almost without exception. This applies to works that are believed to be counterfeit, unlicensed or fan-created.
1. Don't sell reproductions of official art(copied/traced/redrawn).
1a. There were artists who did this very thing at the convention. If this is true, either any Funi reps present didn't care, weren't aware that the art was copied from preexisting pieces, or this type of copyright infringement falls into some sort of gray area (since Funi acquires these copyrights from TOEI).
2. Don't mass-produce nor sell in the vendor area; small print runs in artist alley are [generally] fine.
2a. An important footnote here is that Funi CAN deliver a C & D to someone selling unlicensed art of their IP. They simply choose NOT TO in most cases involving those who follow these guidelines.
2b. There were reports that they were cracking down on artists who were selling fanart in the vendor (merchandising) area of another convention this past summer but I don't know any other details. I do know that KHC amended their Exhibitor apps for 2019 to state this was not permitted.
3. Don't use their logos and other trademarks. By law, they have to enforce trademark infringements or they will lose them.
3a. Kameha-Con likely got a C & D themselves seeing at they changed their original logo a few months prior to the 2018 convention.
would you know if same rules apply for the popular ones like my hero academia, naruto, bleach, - those that arent funimation, i am guessing that its pretty much impossible to "legally" selling at conventions?
Using any of the official logos on unlicensed content is a big no-no. That's going to be a given with any trademark in the US.
I include the subtitle of "A Dragon Ball Z Fancomic" underneath the title of my webcomic but not on anything that I sell. I am not sure whether this would be permissible since I don't use the Saiyan Sans font for this. . . but I'm not interested in pressing my luck either.
My understanding is that most US companies who release anime dubs follow Funi's lead when it comes to Artist Alley. For US-based companies that produce homegrown entertainment, they are traditionally more aggressive about protecting copyrights.
My suggestion would be to check out the Artist Alleys of conventions at which you'd like to vend. On occasion, you may find one that doesn't allow fanart at all but aside from that, what the artists there have on display is usually a safe indicator.
Keep in mind that Funi (or any company) could change their minds at any time. So long as you're not costing them money, there's little reason to pursue independent artists who attend these events.