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Old 07-05-2013, 01:21 AM
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Wow, it looks very similar!
I do not believe Disney would copy the design. Maybe, as some other members have said, she entered it into an outfit design contest and Disney decided to use it? It is a very beautiful dress. Maybe someone should e-mail Member Services about it..
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Old 07-05-2013, 01:33 AM
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Hmm, this isn't the first time we are seeing this.. There is no doubt that the original idea came from the fan art.

I wouldn't be surprised if the Pixie Hollow designers browse fan art for inspiration (judging by this thread, it looks like they do). It would take some skill to transform the dress design into an item in the game. I'd say that the PH designer found inspiration from that drawing rather than outright copied it, but I can see how it could be seen as "stealing". The original artist is technically not losing any profit -- I would personally be very flattered if my design was used for the game.

You also have to consider the purpose for which the artist uploaded their artwork online. If they were truly worried about having their design used by others, then they would take greater care when sharing it on the internet. However, a drawing is in fact protected under the Copyright Act as soon as it is in a tangible form. I'm no lawyer, but I suppose the artist could try claiming ownership rights; the answer would be much simpler if the dress design was registered.

The more I think about it, the more curious I become. It would interesting to ask someone who knows the Copyright law well enough and see what they would say on this matter.
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Old 07-05-2013, 10:49 PM
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Hmmm they do look similar. If I'm not mistaken, when you create an account on one of Disney's websites, you agree to their terms. I believe when you submit something, they have the right to use it if they want to but I've seen them give credit to those that deserve it. If they didn't do that and she doesn't work for Disney then she needs to contact them...
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Old 07-06-2013, 03:18 AM
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I think it is an issue of copyright-- technically Disney owns Tiana but neither the drawing or the PH outfit are exact copies of the original character or drawing. So just as the artist can draw an interpretation of a character, Disney can use an interpretation of that drawing and ultimately because it is Disney "property" they are allowed to use the likeness. (ie the artist could not sue Disney for using their design because the artist first used Disney's character.)
That's not how copyrights work. Any original work of art (or writing or music, etc.) is automatically the intellectual property of the person who created it. The Tiana drawing is an original interpretation of an existing character, but since it doesn't look like the Disney version, the artist who drew it holds all rights. Disney using her work without permission is stealing and illegal.

Disney has a huge history of this kind of theft, though. It's happened several times just in Pixie Hollow, usually with outfits. They get away with it because no one can afford to sue them. It's really sad.
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Old 07-06-2013, 02:22 PM
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Still nothing back from the artist, Claire, yet. I do have another hypothesis: maybe during one of the contests someone entered her work claiming it as their own?
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Old 07-09-2013, 11:12 PM
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Finally heard back from Claire:

"thanks for the heads up! That is WEIRD."

It doesn't seem like she's too concerned about it. I'm still a little disappointed that Disney might have done something like this.

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Old 07-10-2013, 07:26 PM
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Oh wow... Seems she has gotten some recognition, just not from Disney, but from... Yahoo!

Look: http://shine.yahoo.com/photos/disney...220600808.html
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