Cosplay Rights

Cosplay Rights

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Gundham Tanaka started this petition to JAPAN
  • Cosplay is wonderful hobby, that brings joy to people all over the world. In the last few years, the art of dressing up as a fictional character, became more and more mainstream. Some cosplayers (just like myself) even began a career and started building up considerable income. Especially in Japan, one of the most professional cosplayer Enako became extremely successful and made over 90.000$ in a single month. She mainly makes public appearances, sells merchandise, photo books and chat sessions. As a cosplayer, she obviously dresses up as fictional characters and profits from their popularity. The creators of these characters don’t make a cut of this though. However a proposal for a new copyright law in Japan might aim to change chat. Will cosplay become illegal soon?
  • Now, is cosplay going to change forever? Will it be soon illegal to dress up as your favorite character at conventions? Do cosplayers have to worry about a copyright claim storm for uploading their photos on social media? And what about those, who make an income with cosplay? What about professional cosplayers, commissioners, prop makers, but also streamers and YouTubers? What about you and me?
  • First, I think this whole thing gets blown up more than it’s actually worth it. It surely sounds completely ridiculous, but it isn’t actually really a new idea. There are already some companies known for their very harsh treatment against artists who are using their intellectual properly. Disney, Marvel, Nintendo, LucasFilm and Warner Brothers are some of them. While the US law doesn’t allow you to copyright fashion and clothing, fictional characters actually can be protected. Those companies are especially very protective when it comes to mass productions of costume replicas like Thor’s Hammer, Disney Princess outfits and even surely using official names and brands. Disney also fights against companies, that provides costumed characters for parties and events. Obviously. These companies get bookings because kids want to see Elsa and Anna at their birthday. Profit is involved and intellectual characters gets used without a permission.
  • So, while I think that companies indeed should have the right to stop us from using their characters to make money, I honestly think it can actually be the very worst decision they could make business and community wise. They would attack and hurt their most passionate fanbase. This might result in a massive lost in trust, a lot of disappointment and a gigantic backslash some those companies couldn’t even imagine. They have already done far less to completely destroy their communities trust. Just think about what happens if Blizzard or Riot would ban Twitch streamers and YouTubers from streaming their games – and they clearlymake income with their intellectual property! The result would be clearly… let’s say “entertaining”.
  • Therefore, I honestly don’t think there is any reason to worry right now. Cosplay surely won’t be illegal anytime soon. If you mass produce and sell Disney princess dresses, then yes, I would be very careful. However, if you just enjoy to cosplay, dress up and want to have some fun, you will be fine. Well, and I? I do it full-time and all my income depends on cosplay and this wonderful art. Still, I’m personally not worried at all. However, I’m always ready to grab some popcorn to be entertained

 

 

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