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- Posted: Fri, 30 Mar 2012 21:53:00 +0000
sweatdrop Sorry if this sounds stupid, but I notice people in Artists Alleys often sell fan art, which surprised me since I thought it was illegal to sell anything containing copyrighted material such as characters. So how is it possible that they can sell it?
Technically it is illegal, but the likelihood of the actual copyright holders making a fuss about it isn't that big so it's allowed since that's what most fans come to the con for, finding their fandom. Some conventions have strict rules, or occasionally ban the practice outright. If you're attending a con to sell, be sure to read the rules carefully. What is against the rules at (probably) all conventions is using plagiarized material, taking official art and selling it as your own, for instance.