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About sprite animations and Copyright

on 12/31/2015, 12:21 pm
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I was wondering lately about sprite animating and possible copyright issues. For instance, in our case, we mostly use sprites form official games and make new animations with those. Nothing wrong with that of course, but once those animations are posted onto youtube, could that create a copyright issue?

Aside from music, I guess, yes.. on the one hand, those are copyrighted graphics. They don't really belong to us. On the other hand, I heard several times, if it is used for parodies etc. then that's fair use, and shouldn't be a problem. I find that subject quite complicated, since it's not very clear what you can do and what you can't do. What are your thoughts about that?

By the way, I have my own channel with my own sprite animations. I never had any real problem whatsoever, but I do fear I could get copyright issues perhaps in the future, I don't know. It's worrisome.
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Re: About sprite animations and Copyright

on 12/31/2015, 12:37 pm
To be perfectly honest with you, I don't completely understand it myself. I do have my videos monetized and I do make some money off them and I've done so for a good while. So for the moment, I've been fine. I know the "Sonic for Hire" series and a lot of dunkly videos that use sprites get away with it so... I... I guess it's okay?

Like I said, I'm not sure.







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Re: About sprite animations and Copyright

on 12/31/2015, 12:42 pm
It's very difficult to say,.. I've been reading The Fair Use section on youtube. I do strongly believe sprite animating is "transformative" as they say, and so "sprite animations" are technically under the protection of fair use. I'll try to gather more information about that.
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Re: About sprite animations and Copyright

on 12/31/2015, 12:52 pm
I mean, screw attack uses the hell out of sprites. but they're monetized







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Re: About sprite animations and Copyright

on 12/31/2015, 12:52 pm
I mean, screw attack uses the hell out of sprites. but they're monetized







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Re: About sprite animations and Copyright

on 12/31/2015, 12:57 pm
That's right. You know what,.. I just contacted Dorkly (Sonic for Hire) to hear about their experience with sprite animations, copyright, fair use and such. Let's just hope I get an answer.
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Re: About sprite animations and Copyright

on 1/2/2016, 4:05 am
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by the way, I never got a reply from Dorkly, so yeah... :/ But, right now I think sprite animations are considered transformative on youtube, so technically it is fair use. This may not apply to video game music though :/
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Re: About sprite animations and Copyright

on 1/2/2016, 5:23 pm
Yeah, I would be careful about the music. Especially if it's from a Nintendo game. I would usually leave the video on private and let it sit there for a couple of days to see if YouTube's content ID picks it up.





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Re: About sprite animations and Copyright

on 1/4/2016, 11:02 am
I thought screw attack only made money from those advertisements and advantage users, not from the videos theirselves???

anyways I've been avoiding making money off my vids just to be safe, as for the ones that do get away with it....well either the owners don't care or they aren't aware.

speaking of music though, I got a strike on one vid I made long ago, that one was for using "breaking the habit" but then the strike went away on its own....so idk what happened there.





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Re: About sprite animations and Copyright

on 1/4/2016, 2:20 pm
@Shadic15 wrote:I was wondering lately about sprite animating and possible copyright issues. For instance, in our case, we mostly use sprites form official games and make new animations with those. Nothing wrong with that of course, but once those animations are posted onto youtube, could that create a copyright issue?

I don't really think it should. Copyright in of itself is supposed to stop people from taking a song like Adele's "Hello", posting it to YouTube, and claiming it as their own and monetizing it. All the person did in this case was rip the song and upload it to YouTube which probably took all of like 3 minutes and required absolutely no work on their behalf.

@Shadic15 wrote:Aside from music, I guess, yes.. on the one hand, those are copyrighted graphics. They don't really belong to us. On the other hand, I heard several times, if it is used for parodies etc. then that's fair use, and shouldn't be a problem. I find that subject quite complicated, since it's not very clear what you can do and what you can't do. What are your thoughts about that?

What we do with creating sprite animations is actually create an animation, which is an expressive form an art, from graphics known as sprites. It is true that the sprites are taken from official games and not made by ourselves, however, our animations are made by ourselves. And I personally think that's enough to set it apart as our own piece of media that we own.

@Shadic15 wrote:By the way, I have my own channel with my own sprite animations. I never had any real problem whatsoever, but I do fear I could get copyright issues perhaps in the future, I don't know. It's worrisome.

You're probably fine as long as you don't include any super popular music or something that will get picked up by YouTube's content ID system.
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