Havoc751 wrote:You know, I've always wondered about Shark Robot. At the risk of sounding stupid, I have to ask. How can Dave "legally" sell that stuff? I mean, PPG, Invader Zim, etc. are all copyrighted, right?
Yeah, my Coin-man sense is tingling. There but be some kind of workaround if this is actually going on.
Something subtle... indirect.
There is a legal loophole around selling fan comics/doujinshi. Ever wonder how artists can sell tons and tons of doujinshi of very popular series and not get any flack?
Don't register your book with an ISBN (International Standard Book Number), which basically tells the world your book exists and can be purchased with an accompanying barcode serial. It's like a social security number for a book; if your book, in layman terms, does not have one, it does not have an identification of having been produced, and therefore, does not "exist" to go against copyright laws. Go to your local convention, check out some of those doujinshis, and you'll see absolutely none of them have ISBNs.
This can be said for just about anything without a barcode or number code as well. If you go into a grocery store, even the produce has some kind of four digit code. If you sell fan merchandise without a barcode, you are bypassing the copyright laws.
Although, I think -most- companies are aware that fan merchandise is being made and sold, but nearly all of it is not making even a fraction of the amount of money the companies themselves are let alone swaying profits to the fan merchandise. It's a minute problem in the grand scheme of things. That and in regards to doujinshi, most are created to cover production costs and shipping rather than making a substantial profit, simply because most people draw them because they love the series, and aren't trying to make money from it.
Hope this is helpful to the discussion. First post here, won't comment much, but I thought I'd chime in on here.