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Characters are not copyrighted 

73%
58 deviants said False
28%
22 deviants said True

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:iconrott-i-kins:
Rott-i-kins Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Under the realms of the law I'm 99% sure they are.
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:iconreyniki:
Reyniki Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2015  Student Digital Artist
I saw this creative commons option on DA before you submit an artpiece, is that it? o3o
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GentleLark Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Yep, and to *Whispers* -tell you the truth DA has sold art to places like hot topic when they didn't have the CC on them. *cough*.

Anyway, anything that looks good, CC or copyright that sucker. They usually don't do it if it has an obvious signature, watermark on your art as well.
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:iconreyniki:
Reyniki Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2015  Student Digital Artist
I looked through my art and gladly all of it has the CC on it >v>
/Adds lots of watermarks anyway though >3>

And really? Man people like art with no CC
Probably because they won't get into trouble with it if they end up distributing it around a lot XD
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moonlightwalk Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm pretty sure you have a claim over your own characters worlds, etc. It's got a a name, but I can't for the love of it remember it. Intelectual copyright or something like that... or was that only for art and not what you created itself... Hmm...

Anyway, I'm pretty sure there's way around it if you really wanna go there and hire lawyers or something or by changing a minor detail so you are bot technically claiming to have created the exact same character, but that's just loop holes in the law and will be frowned upon. There's also sites that take away your rights by agreeing to their terms of service eg. Facebook . Don't like that very much...

I'm not really knowledgable about it, but if copying words without telling where it came from or who you quoted is plagiatrism, I'm pretty sure our "intelectual property" is protected too by the law.
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:iconzafireria:
Zafireria Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You are making me confused too! XD
But I think I got it! Else please slap me with a wet fish LOL.

Lets take this lovely character you drew (love it) Cookie Bliss by Reyniki  This picture is copyrighted to you, as you drew it pixel for pixel. Now Merle is white, with brown markings, frog like feet and a round head, that is the description of the character. The description of her is a concept/idea/design of how she looks, and that is not copyrighted, aka people are allowed to take the exact description of her and draw her however they like. But the original picture of her is copyrighted to you as you drew that picture, so is everything else you draw. Do you see what I mean? The drawing is copyrighted to you, but the character design is not.
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:iconreyniki:
Reyniki Featured By Owner Edited Jan 28, 2015  Student Digital Artist
Anyone can draw something completely different after hearing "white, with brown markings, frog like feet and a round head"

But when you make it visual like in a drawing, this is my way of interpretating "white, with brown markings, frog like feet and a round head" (or in this case Oniongrump since they design her CX )
And that is copyrighted to me. Merle has a personality too in her ref:


Personality: Merle is a very quiet yet cheerful character. She loves to play around a lot and is most commonly found hiding in a glass of milk. When someone is ready to take a sip of the milk, Merle pops out and gives them a small kiss on the lips. She's the real charm of Akai's shop~

Likes: Cookies, milk, her scarf, new people, her tail, Akai
Dislikes: Getting boxed in, darkness, being alone

This makes her developed and rather unique other than just a simple word description of her appearance. THIS is copyrighted.

EDIT: And I'm planning to write a back story for her soon, making her even more unique >3>
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SapphireSquire Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
I think they can be. 
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:iconmersiefloof:
Mersiefloof Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2015
Characters I'm pretty certain are, but ideas, brands, names, etc are not unless you pay for them
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Yu-Tanni Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Depending on the type of characters yer talking about.

One that is so well known that companies just can't stop people to draw fanarts of them or people who draws and claims the design as theirs.


Also, I may be a little off than usual today because I just took my pills. But ye know, these type of debates are still out there so...
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:iconreyniki:
Reyniki Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2015  Student Digital Artist
I don't think copyright stops people from drawing them. If the person drawing them credits the owners (ex. I draw Baymax and I say Disney owns Baymax, not me) that doesn't count as me breaking the law. Something like that o3o

That's how I see it work.
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Yu-Tanni Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Ah well there is that too.
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:iconthoughtful-stargazer:
Thoughtful-Stargazer Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2015  Student Digital Artist
Non of our work is actually copyrighted because you need to pay for copyright
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:iconreyniki:
Reyniki Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2015  Student Digital Artist
After hearing two people talk about this, I'm a little confused... Hmmm =___=
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