Help regarding Copyright Infringement



  • I am a aspiring graphic design student - currently in college right now.

    We were tasked to design a magazine layout about a subject of our choosing. I would like to make one about Anime, however we have to be very careful with copyright infringement etc. with how we use pictures etc.

    I wanted to ask for help from FUNIMATION and politely ask if you could support and help me in this matter. I would love to use pictures of FUNIMATION anime with your allowance.
    Also, the magazine is purely for learning purposes and will not be publicized or used commercially in any manner.

    Does anyone maybe know how to go about this matter?



  • If it's just for a school project, I don't see any harm in using any pictures. It's not like you're going to be selling the magazine for profit or anything.

    Still, Sofie or CJ would be better suited to give you an answer than I would. But in my personal opinion, I don't think you'd get it any trouble.



  • Please make a ticket with the reason code "Legal and Copyright Infringement" for more information: http://www.funimation.com/support

    We look pretty backed up on those tickets right now, but if you let me know when you've made one, I'll make sure it gets looked at in a timely fashion (though it may be early next week since we only officially have business hours M-F.)



  • @SpacemanHardy:

    If it's just for a school project, I don't see any harm in using any pictures. It's not like you're going to be selling the magazine for profit or anything.

    Maybe so, but unless we get some kind of written permission from the source of where we use pictures from, to confirm that we may indeed use the material for even just personal use, they will not let you hand in your magazine design. But thank you a lot for the reply!

    @CJ:

    Please make a ticket with the reason code "Legal and Copyright Infringement" for more information: http://www.funimation.com/support

    We look pretty backed up on those tickets right now, but if you let me know when you've made one, I'll make sure it gets looked at in a timely fashion (though it may be early next week since we only officially have business hours M-F.)

    Hey CJ! Thank you so much for the immediate reply.
    I have already sent a ticket regarding this, I would be delighted if it could be looked into.
    Thank you so much!



  • My pleasure! It's been flagged to the appropriate people for resolution– we'll try to get back to you today on it, but if not, it'll be early next week.

    Thanks!



  • @CJ:

    My pleasure! It's been flagged to the appropriate people for resolution– we'll try to get back to you today on it, but if not, it'll be early next week.

    Thanks!

    Alright! Thank you so much :)



  • Hey there :)
    Not to sound pushy, but did FUNIMATION receive my ticket? :x ;-;



  • Sorry for all the posts but I would like to confirm something.

    I received a response to my ticket saying

    While we greatly appreciate your desire to memorialize our artwork through such use, we cannot expressly grant permission for you to do so. Under U.S. Copyright Law, when such permission is granted with a simple, Sure. You can use our artwork for that, a limited, nonexclusive copyright license is created. The implications of any form of copyright licensing can be significant. As such, it is FUNimation"s policy not to grant any copyright licenses without a detailed, term-limited, signed agreement. Such agreements often must be approved by the studios in Japan where the anime originated. Additionally, these agreements must be tracked by FUNimation to ensure that our Infringement Specialists do not enforce our copyright rights against a valid licensee. Because this process requires ongoing effort, FUNimation does not enter into such agreements except in a commercial context. (e.g. If you operate an established business capable of mass producing anime-related merchandise for sale to the public, FUNimation may then enter into a licensing agreement with you.)

    However, despite these restrictions, please understand that our Infringement Specialists are not targeting limited, personal uses such as what you"re describing. Nor would they target a business that you have engaged to create a single item for personal use that bears artwork from one of FUNimation"s shows. Though this is the current policy, note that this policy may change at any time, without warning. But even in the event of such change, understand that FUNimation has no desire to pursue fans for single-use, noncommercial infringement involving physical goods.

    Does that mean I am allowed to use pictures of FUNIMATION licensed shows like Tokyo Ghoul, Attack on Titan etc. (screenshots, cover arts, general pictures found around the internet except fanart that explicitly belong to the anime/manga adaptation) and am allowed to use them to showcase said anime in my magazine as long as it is for personal use only?



  • No. That means that they would likely not pursue litigation if you chose to use those items without permission for personal use without seeking a profit. They do not offer permission, but they won't seek restitution.



  • @paige62182:

    No. That means that they would likely not pursue litigation if you chose to use those items without permission for personal use without seeking a profit. They do not offer permission, but they won't seek restitution.

    So in short, no one will chop my head off if I used pictures related to these anime/manga?



  • Nope! Just don't sell the magazine or otherwise use it for self-advertising purposes. Think of it as them just turning a blind eye for something that's excessively minor in their legal conquest



  • That's technically correct, but for the purpose of your assignment, you failed to secure copyright permission. If I were your teacher, you would fail the assignment.



  • @paige62182:

    That's technically correct, but for the purpose of your assignment, you failed to secure copyright permission. If I were your teacher, you would fail the assignment.

    I think you got that wrong. The assignment said to make sure we don't get issues regarding copyright infringement etc. Since they said it is okay for personal non-commercial use and "turning a blind eye" if I understood correctly, it should be alright and thus I should be allowed to hand it in.



  • @xDrac:

    I think you got that wrong. The assignment said to make sure we don't get issues regarding copyright infringement etc. Since they said it is okay for personal non-commercial use and "turning a blind eye" if I understood correctly, it should be alright and thus I should be allowed to hand it in.

    It would depend on the purpose of the assignment. If the assignment is to teach you about copyright infringement, then no. You did not obtain permission to use the material. You got a statement saying that even though you were using their materials without permission, therefore violating their copyright, they had no intention, currently, of pursuing legal action (which would be totally within their rights as stated in the second paragraph) as long as it is for personal use and you don't gain anything of monetary value from their materials.

    If the purpose of the assignment is to showcase your talents as a graphic designer, then you're probably OK. Your OP made me think your school was being REALLY strict about copyright infringement. If that were the case, and I were the instructor, I would not accept the materials from Funimation, since you did not obtain permission.

    Forgive me. I'm going through a teacher's certification program, and the rules are sticking in my head a bit.


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