Terms of Service - Annies

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By purchasing/selling a design from or for me in any kind of way, you are choosing to agree to the terms of service below.
Failure to read this before a purchase or creation of an Annie will break the TOS and the rights to own, purchase or the usage of Annies.
If you break the ToS your Annies or other species related to the Anniverse, will or might be retracted. Or another penalty might be given.
I will not be held responsible for any complications.
It is your responsibility to see if the ToS have been updated.
When the Terms of service is updated, the new update is what counts, no matter what old version you agreed too earlier, no exceptions.


I. TERMS OF SERVICE.

When purchasing or creating a design/character from or for me, such as Annies, you are buying partial rights or giving the rights to a specific character design belonging to my Closed Species.

The official design artwork made by me, or others, is still my copyright/intellectual property. I have all the rights to the design, its original artwork form for promoting myself and my artwork.
Example: Posting it on social media, making and selling tangible items featuring the original design or produce artwork with the original design included for things such as prints, events and artbooks.
If a purchase of the commercial rights to a design would occur, the whole fee would be paid to Yamio, no matter who designed it, to avoid legal complications.

As a customer;
♣ You may give the design a name, story, alternative universe to live in, etc, for personal use.
♣ You may alter the design, such as giving it new clothes, hair styles, gender, body type, skin colour etc. But you may NOT change the features that characterize my species.
♣ You cannot use the design, old or new redesign, for commercial use, unless purchased through Yamio.
♣ You may not use Anniverse, Annie or Annies name commercially.
♣ You may trade the design away for other designs.
♣ You may sell the design for equal to or less than what you originally paid. 
♣ You may sell the design for equal or less than what you originally paid in real life currency equal to the amount of AP you purchased it as.
♣ However, you are allowed to sell an Annie MYO for the same value MYO prices are currently set as, for that specific rarity.
♣ You are allowed to sell an Annie that is not a MYO, for same price as the current sb (starting bid) for that specific rarity.
♣ If the rarity of the Annie is upgraded, the value of it is as well, if it was bought for less than that's rarity current SB or MYO Value.
♣ While you cannot include the price of a custom, commissioned art or gifts to the value of the Annie when selling, you are allowed to sell it as an extra on the side, separate from the Annie.
♣ Each Annie, MYO, creature or anything else sold, given or gifted has a set value in either AP or real life currency.
♣ You are  allowed to make a small profit off the design. This only includes small scale merchandise sales such as prints, buttons and charms for no more than 100$ in profits all together during lifetime.
♣ If you are planning to use the design for larger scale merchandise, where profit will be over 100$ lifetime, or a comic, manga, visual novel, game or anything alike, a commercial fee of 300% of the original purchase price must be purchased from Yamio
♣ Purchase of commercial rights does not remove Yamio's commercial rights.
♣ For selling and trading, you must always notify Yamio who the new owner is, to prevent fraud.
♣ You cannot claim an Annie|MYO on behalf of someone else.
♣ You can claim an Annie|MYO to gift to someone else.
♣ Co-owning a design is allowed, if both parties have an agreement.
♣ Both parts must pay 50|50. This is to assure nobody feel like they own it more than the other.
♣ If you have ABd two Annies in the same event, you have to wait the first 5 minutes to do so on the third release and onward, before you AB again within the same event.
♣ All bids must be under the "Bid here" comment.
♣ All claims must be under the specified comment provided unless otherwise is stated.
♣ If you are a mod, you are not allowed to AB within the first 5 minutes if you do the "bid here" comment, due to time advantage.
♣ If you are a GD, you have to wait 5 minutes before you AB an Annie in the same event you are in.
♣ You are not allowed to AB within the first 5 minutes if you buy it as a gift to a GD or a mod who did "Bid here" comment.
♣ You are not allowed to AB within the first 5 minutes if you buy it as a gift towards somebody who has ABd twice during the same event.
♣ The first time you use your design (such as in an artwork) you must credit Yamio for the species. 
♣ Credit for the species further on is recommended to prevent confusion, but is not required.
♣ The design may be used in events, books and other official merchandise without interference of your ownership.
♣ All designs and likeness may be used in official Anniverse events and competitions without your permission or interference of your ownership, this includes if you own the commercial rights.


Conversion rights clarification;
♣ Converting a character into an Annie is free of charge but it still requires a MYO slot.
♣ You may convert the Annie to another species, if permission from the other species owner persist.
♣ You must gain Yamio's approval for converting an Annie into another species.
Yamio Must review the 'terms of service' the character is being converted from.
Yamio Must review the 'terms of service' the character is being converted to.
Yamio has the right to deny conversion at any time.
♣ Even if the Annie is converted, the original design and it's Annie form will always exist.
♣ Even if you alter or change the design, the original design will always exist.
♣ Even if you alter or change the design, the original design will always remain an Annie.
♣ If you convert an original character into an Annie through a MYO ticket, it will then forth always remain an Annie.
♣ You cannot remove the Annie label from any character you've then made through a MYO ticket.
♣ You cannot remove the Annie label from any character you've bought as an Annie.
♣ You cannot remove the Annie label from any character you've converted into an Annie.
♣ You cannot remove the Annie label from any character you've converted into another species.

Commercial rights clarification;
♣ You may not use Anniverse, Annie or Annies name commercially.
♣ If a purchase of the commercial rights to a design would occur, the whole fee would be paid to Yamio, no matter who designed it, to avoid legal complications.
♣ You cannot use the design, old or new redesign, for commercial use, unless purchased through Yamio.
♣ If you are planning to use the design for larger scale merchandise, where profit will be over 100$ lifetime, or a comic, manga, visual novel, game or anything alike, a commercial fee of 300% of the original purchase price must be purchased from Yamio
♣ You are  allowed to make a small profit of the design. This only includes small scale merchandise sales such as prints, buttons and charms for no more than 100$ in profits all together during lifetime.
♣ All designs and likeness may be used in official Anniverse events and competitions without your permission or interference of your ownership, this includes if you own the commercial rights.
♣ Purchase of commercial rights does not remove Yamio's commercial rights.
♣ The design still falls under Anniverse's terms of service.
♣ Commercial rights for an Annie, can be purchased with Anniverse's fake currency, AP. (Annie  petals)
♣ Once you have purchased Commercial rights, they are bound to the purchaser.
♣ If you sell the character, you have option to sell or gift the commercial rights to the new owner. The commercial rights will otherwise be voided when the ownership of the character changes.
♣ Only one of the co-owners of an Annie design, will be able to own commercial rights.
♣ The purchaser of the commercial rights decides in what way their co-owner can use the Annie commercially, as long as they still co-own it together.

Co-ownership clarification;
♣ Co-owning a design is allowed, if both parties have an agreement.
♣ Both parts must pay 50|50. This is to assure nobody feel like they own it more than the other.
♣ You are required to have your co-owners approval before selling/gifting/trading your half of a co-ownership.
♣ Gifting a co-ownership can only happen if the Annie is already split with two owners.

I retain partial rights over every Annie that is sold, and therefore I have the right to ban a person/ give penalties/ redistribute ownership over a design if they are blatantly breaking my Terms of Service and therefore terminating their rights to the species. This includes, but is not limited to;

♣ Selling/offering/auctioning and/or buying an Annie for more than its original purchase price or current value.
♣ Harassing other members of the Annie community.
♣ Scamming/theft of Annies.
♣ Unacceptable/rude behaviour towards partner(s) in a co-ownership of an Annie.
♣ Unacceptable/rude behaviour towards people in the Anniverse community.
♣ Slander of the Anniverse.
♣ Filing a refund/chargeback (results in a reclaim of the designs from the user to make up for lost monetary damages. The buyer is then forbidden from using the reclaimed Annie(s), and further use will be considered character theft and copyright infringement)
♣ Failing to pay me/someone else for an Annie in either an auction or a trade/sale.
♣ Retracting or hiding any bid(s) made.


For Guest Designers;
♣ All designs created for the Anniverse, Yamio hold the partial rights to, together with the customer.
♣ You are not allowed to stream or show WIPs of Annie designs without Yamio's consent.
♣ You no longer have the rights to the design.
♣ If commercial fee is purchased, you will not receive a cut due to legal precautions. 
♣ The payment fee for creating designs under the name of Anniverse, is 20% for the first timer. 15% afterwards.
♣ You have the rights to claim yourself as the creator of the design you made.
♣ You have to wait 5 minutes before you AB an Annie in the same event you are in.
♣ You are not allowed to bid on your own design in an event.

II. PAYMENT

♣ All payment must be made in full upfront after a purchase of a design.
♣ If you are a Guest Designer, the payment fee will be paid after you have received your payment from the customer.  
♣ The currency accepted is deviantART points and USD.
♣ Points shall only be paid through the commission widget unless stated otherwise.
♣ USD is paid through PayPal only with an invoice from Yamio.
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♣ Payment plan are accepted for 100$ and up.
♣ A deposit of 25% is required. However 50$ is the minimum. 
♣ Maximum duration of a payment plan is 3 months.
♣ If you fail to complete the payment through the payment plan, no money will be refunded. The same rules as a normal payment still applies.
♣ The characters does not belong to you until payment is fully complete.
♣ FTO (First time owners) can only do one payment at a time.
♣ If you already own an Annie, you can have two payment plans at a time.

III. SELLING RIGHTS CLARIFICATION

♣ You may trade the design away for other designs.
♣ You may sell the design for equal to or less than what you originally paid. 
♣ You may sell the design for equal or less than what you originally paid in real life currency equal to the amount of AP you purchased it as.
♣ However, you are allowed to sell an Annie MYO for the same value MYO prices are currently set as, for that specific rarity.
♣ You are allowed to sell an Annie that is not a MYO, for same price as the current sb (starting bid) for that specific rarity.
♣ If the rarity of the Annie is upgraded, the value of it is as well, if it was bought for less than that's rarity current SB or MYO Value.
♣ While you cannot include the price of a custom, commissioned art or gifts to the value of the Annie when selling, you are allowed to sell it as an extra on the side, separate from the Annie.
♣ Each Annie, MYO, creature or anything else sold, given or gifted has a set value in either AP or real life currency.
♣ For selling and trading, you must always notify Yamio who the new owner is, to prevent fraud.
♣ Co-owning a design is allowed, if both parties have an agreement.

IV. CANCELLING/REFUNDING POLICY

If you file a chargeback against me, your right to everything I have ever made for you will be retracted and I have the right to re-sell the copyrighted design artwork to new buyers.
You will be forbidden to ever purchase from me, Yamio, ever again.
Your name will be publicly posted everywhere I want for others to watch out for. 
I also have every right to file a complaint and I retain all rights to the money you have given me.


V. DISCLAIMER

If you, the purchaser, or Guest designer, have not read the ToS thoroughly, I am not to be held responsible for your own misconception.
This is a closed species, not an original species.
Closed species means only I, Yamio, or people I give written permission to, are allowed to create an Annie.
I cannot be held responsible if you sell/trade an Annie away, and suffer chargeback or fraud from a third party.
However, you have the right to ask for help to spread this information.
I do not put copyright on animal/plant features for others to use, however I do put copyright on the designs I create, the specified lore and the specific details that makes up the species as a whole, and they are not to be reproduced in any way.
Creating a design that have features alike to my species does not mean that said character/design belongs to Annies, Yamio´s species.
Intentional heavy referencing of designs is not allowed and you will be asked to alter a design to make it less alike if it occurs.

For any questions, please ask below.

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Yamio's avatar

Update 19|11|2020

♣ Clarified the value of Annies.

♣ Clarified how to sell an Annie.

♣ Clarified how the prices/value of the Annie can change.

♣ Re-organized the ToS and made a III. SELLING RIGHTS CLARIFICATION section. For easier understanding of what entails.

Minty-Michi's avatar

I’ve read and agree to the TOS

Yamio's avatar

Mini update 09|09|2020

♣ Added that commercial rights can be purchased with AP for both MYOs and non MYOs.

♣ Clarified that only one owner, in case of co-own, can purchase commercial rights for an Annie.

Yamio's avatar

Mini update 18|08|2020

♣ Clarified the process of conversion.

♣ Added that commercial rights can be purchased with AP for MYOs.

♣ Divided the commercial rights and Conversion process sections for more clarification.

VilmaMonster's avatar

I've read the Tos. And i have some questions.


Can i unite an annie with other closed species, semi-open species, open species and non-species?

Please, explain me the meaning of likeness in this sentence "All designs and likeness may be used in official Anniverse events and competitions without your permission or interference of your ownership, this includes if you own the commercial rights."


Can i alter the design of co-species from Annieverse? I mean Floraveras, Nilrisas, Gachagoops and Oogies. How can i obtain them? Can i unite them with species that are not from Annieverse?


Need i send altered design for re-approval?

Please, explain what is annie label. You gives no permission to remove it. So, i need better understanding about the things i should not remove from your species.


Please, explain me following "If you sell the character, you have option to sell or gift the commercial rights to the new owner. The commercial rights will otherwise be voided when the ownership of the character changes."


Please, explain me the meaning of "If you are a Guest Designer, the payment fee will be paid after you have received your payment from the customer." Did i understand correctly that a buyer pays me the whole price and after that i send you the fee?


Do you accept the fee in Points? You see, Paypal is limited in my country. It won't allow me to get payments. So, Points is the most realistic way to participate in Events as Guest Designer. And to be chosen as Guest Designer means much for me - it will be a prove of my high artistic level.


I know that Guest Designer must be Myo owner. Does it mean that i must have Annie Myo or i must buy a slot to make design for your Event? In any case i'm much more closer to my own annie then to my role as your Guest Designer.


You mention that annie is closed species, not original species. What is original species?


Can annie be inspirited on Copyrighted Characters? I'd like to create annies, who'll be inspirited by Ciel and Elizabeth from "Black Butler".

Here's my Dropzilla, who's inspirited by Sebastian Michaelis :

(I decided to show him as sample of likeness i allow to myself for Copyright inspirited OC)

Sebastian Diablo
Yamio's avatar

Hello! ♥


  1. With unite, can you be more specific? I do not quite understand the question. And for likeness, it is just the design in different from for contests and the like!

  2. You are free to use your characters with other non Anniverse characters in any sort of AU that you wish and with other species, if the other species owner allows it! You are free to alter the design within the rarities it has freely, but then it has to be re-approved to make sure it follows the guideline of the species. Right now there is no direct way to gain the species you mentioned but it is something we are working on.

  3. Yes. You need to send an altered design for re-approval if it's going to be used within an Anniverse setting. The Annie label simply means the species label will be attached to the design and that is not removable.

  4. It means that the owner has the right to sell/gift the commercial rights to the new owner if they wish, or not. As it would cause a lot of issues if the previous owner still had the commercial rights for a character no longer in their possession.

  5. It means you do not have to pay the GD fee until your have been paid by the buyer of the Annie if that makes you more comfortable. And yes you understood more or less correctly.

  6. I do not accept fee in points. I'm honoured to know that becoming a GD means a lot to you, and maybe you will find a different way of receiving payment. As this would cause issues for the customers as well. I wish you best of luck! ♥

  7. You do not need a MYO to become a GD. It is the opposite. You get a free Common MYO from being a GD.

  8. Original species means that I would claim that my species is 100% original which it is not. Closed species means that you cannot make your own freely.

  9. It can be inspired by other characters but they should still look different enough on their own and not a copy. I do recommend to not reference only one character though.


Hope this answers all of your questions! 2015YupiANanEmote005

VilmaMonster's avatar

Thanks for the answers.

As for species unite, i meant if annies can be to art/tale with other species - it was clearly explained by you.

What way can be optimal to send a design for approval? Personally i think that it's Discord 'cause you regularly appear there.

Has paid Annie Myo expired date? Also i want to ask the same about a slot i may win in Contest.

Thanks for good wishes - i really need best luck.

I don't hurry to become Guest Designer 'cause there are a lot of things i need to study for this role. Currently i'm a novice in art. And about alternative payment - Can Paypal customer make money transfer to somebody's card?

I wish you best luck, too.

Sakumira-Agashi's avatar

I've read and agreed to the ToS!

But I do have a small question, and it might sound silly. On Discord, do we have to use voice chat or do we just need to use text chat? I'm pretty shy when it comes to voice chat ^^'

Yamio's avatar

Hello! I apologize for how late I saw this!

You can use whatever you wish! We understand that some people might shy! You are never forced to be in VC or type, if you are not comfortable to do so! ♥

Sakumira-Agashi's avatar

It's okay to reply late. I don't mind :DD And thanks for your answer!

Yamio's avatar

Mini update 29|05|2020

♣ Clarified the process of the "Bid here" comment.

Khiska's avatar

i've read & agree to the t.o.s ^^

MLWDY's avatar

I have read and agreed to the ToS, but I also have some questions if you don't mind.

1) I did send a message earlier but just in case it was not viewed, it says in order to become a guest designer that you have to show your Chibi art skills. Since I am not too good at that, can I just do sketch croquee designs?

2) Is there a specific age we must be in order to become a guest designer?

3) I've always been interested in fashion in the past and I was so happy to find Anniverse because it looked so much fun and adorable! I feel the desire to make good designs with my exploding imagination for this group and to make so many people happy and smile. Will I be able to do this if I could do what I asked in question 1?

Please let me know whenever your available.

I love you work Yami and please have a wonderful day!

Yamio's avatar

Hii! I'm pretty sure I have answered you in note before, but just in case, I'll answer here as well! ♥


  1. You need to be able to draw chibis to be a Guest designer. Or at the very least proper fullbodies if you have examples of those!

  2. 18+ is preferred. Otherwise you need consent from your Guardian so you can use their paypal.

  3. I'm happy to hear you have a passion for design! How lovely! However being a Guest designer is a paid freelance job, with clear guidelines and directions. So you have to keep that in mind! Otherwise I recommend you keep drawing designs for yourself, for fun! Feel free to join the Anniverse server if you want to share them!


Thank you so much! hope you have a great day as well! 2015YupiANanEmote006

Purin-pyon's avatar
hello! i have questions about something in the TOS that i don't understand fully ;0;

it is this part:

"When purchasing or creating a design/character from or for me, such as Annies, you are buying partial rights or giving the rights to a specific character design belonging to my Closed Species.
The official design artwork made by me, or others, is still my copyright/intellectual property. I have all the rights to the design, its original artwork form for promoting myself and my artwork.
Example: Posting it on social media, making and selling tangible items featuring the original design or produce artwork with the original design included for things such as prints, events and artbooks."

i was just wondering, does this only apply to the designs made by you? if not, then i was wondering if you could please clarify some questions for me?

1) i am wondering if this means that if I have a MYO OC who is an Annie, does this mean that my OC is not 100% mine? like, I am allowed to write information for it and RP it and stuff, but in reality it doesn't belong to me, as if I am borrowing or renting it?

2) Does it also mean that my OC can be taken away from me?

3) would you make merch or anything of soemone's MYO? If so, would there be any mention of the owners username, so people know who the OC belongs to? which brings me back to my first question i guess xD

I am considering getting a MYO ticket because I really would love to be part of the community and to have a group of people to chat and RP with, and to me that is worth the $ of getting a MYO ticket to make an OC into an Annie >u< but if it means that I will lose some rights to my OC, then I am not sure ;0;

ofc, i do understand that by joining the community, i won't be allowed to claim Annies as my own, and that I will need to credit you for making the world my OC lives in, and that is not a problem at all, so if that all, and i am not going to lose any of my ownership then ofc i am very comfortable with that! but not having full ownership of her makes me nervous especially cause i don't understand what that means or entails ;A;

Thank you for taking the time to read and reply! Sorry if my questions are dumb!! >A<
Yamio's avatar
Hello! ♥ No worries, I will do my best to answer!

1) Yes! As for now, as this will have slight changes in the future,
because I understand why this does not feel fair, and I'm working on ways to update the ToS,
which will give more freedom to MYOs who previously were not Annies, and at the same time protect Anniverse as a whole.

When it becomes an Annie, that design you submit to Anniverse, now partially belongs to Anniverse and me.
This is to make sure I do not run into legal trouble when including MYOs in contests, artbooks, promotions and the like.
As well not mess up the coding of our WIP website, the Anniverse masterlist, number count and the like.

There are many reasons why it is like this, but for now, yes, it would count as borrowing or renting it.
But overall you still have a lot of power with your MYO. You can convert it into any other species,
change clothes and aspects pretty freely as well, it just has to be approved by me if it's a new "official design".
Which means it will be the one displayed on the Masterlist, and the design used when people draw your Annie! ♥

I hope this gives you a full answer!

2) Yes. We can retract your right to your Annie if you break the ToS.
To break the ToS in the first place, is very hard, as it usually only happens if you end up harrassing/scamming/disrespecting someone in the Anniverse community.
However we are not heartless, and if one of your Annies are your precious MYO OCs, depending on what you did to break the ToS, will depend on our leniency,
But it can happen that you are given the offer to redesign your MYO Annie, so it no longer resembles your OC, if you lose the right to it.
However the original design submitted as the MYO will still count as the original design for that particular Annie.
So basically your old design will count as Annie, you can make new design in it's place,
and a new design that resembles, but are not the same, as the first design for your own MYO.
To be given this offer is only if even through breaking ToS, you are respectful and understanding of it.

3) Yes. That can happen. But I never want to make merch of someones MYO Annie unless it would make them happy.
So in almost every case, even if I have the right to do it, I will still ask if the person is okay with it. ♥
The current owner will always be credited if used for merch, books or postcards. It is not a rule but a common decency.



No worries at all Purin!! I understand all the questions! I'm very protective of my OCs as well, so I understand the worry!
To get more freedom with your Annie, you can purchase commercial rights, to use them for merch, books or whatever you would like!
My current plan is to let people buy the Commercial rights for MYOs through our Free currency AP, in the future.
So people, with no money, and lots of love for their OC, can feel they do not lose too many rights to it.
Of course it will always count as an Annie even if you buy commercial rights, but other than that, you are free to do whatever with it.

If you have more questions, feel free to join our Discord to further ask me, or the mods, when available!
I get quite a lot of dA comments, so it can take a while until I see them sadly.
Hope you understand and I hope this was helpful!
English is not my language so I tend to over explain but I hope it was not too complex! Bear Emoji-10 (Long time no see) [V1] 
Pegashi12's avatar
I forgot if I already commented but I agree to the ToS!!
fairibb's avatar
am late bUT I AGREE TO THE TERMS <3
Umeboshi-Art's avatar

Read and agree to TOS 🌠

kyokohimee's avatar
Just a question : I would like to do a fanart of an Annie but not creating a new design for her so am i allowed to do a fanart or do i have to be a customer first? I just want to understand clearly about this. Regardless i agree to your terms of service and wish you the best of luck, your art is awesome ^^.
Yamio's avatar
You are allowed to do as much fanart as you wish! ♥
Thank you so much!
And no worries about it! (///)
kyokohimee's avatar
Thank you so much to you , much love <3 keep the good work up!
Meihia's avatar
I agree to the new terms!~
mino-erika's avatar
I agree to the new terms ❤
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