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January 31, 2006

Otakon Puts Limits on Fan Art

Via Comixpedia comes notice that Baltimore's Otakon has instituted a policy to keep artists in its Artists' Alley from the "selling of commissions or prints that utilize any depictions of copyrighted material, even though the artwork involved is original and not a reproduction of any actual existing images." If I'm understanding that correctly, that's pretty much saying that Artists' Alley can't do what Artists' Alleys generally do. If there's a compelling legal or business reason for this that matches the likely fan and artist backlash, that could prove to be a pretty interesting story.
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