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I don't read dA's official Journals usually (sorry), but I interested its topics this time and read it just now. I was trying to explain my opinion about fan-art selling as long long two parts journal before, but it wasn't very success because of lack of my English writing skill.
Anyway, now they have all laws and rules and suggestions about fan-art selling, and it's exactly what I was thinking and tried to tell you! Here is the quotation of its topic title:
"Fan art as love is different than fan art for sale."
I'm always wondering why people sell their fan-arts. Such as copies of posters and fan-books/dojinshi, or even as character-printed bags or pillow covers which were not made by fan-artist oneself (the image may drawn by a fan-artist, but the items made/printed by secondary factory as the order of the fan-artist). I saw many of them at the AnimeExpo and BotCon, and on here dA, too.
"Occasional one-off sales may be OK with the owner of the original, particularly for very famous characters. But running lots of multiples without asking direct permission is just wrong even if you think there is an implied license of some kind.
As dA mentions, I think it's okay if the selling is for just one piece of a fan-art such as a drawing on a canvas with paints. But if they sell numbers of copies of their fan-art, such as a poster of digital drawing image or fan-book/dojinshi thing, then I doubt are they really love the original artist's original artworks?
I mean, to make many copies of fan-art posters or fan-books is not bad thing, unless you price them higher than its printing cost and sell, so you will get some profit. Of course, don't charge your labor. Because I know not the all people in the World has the better internet access. Many people may still want paper print as a medium to share the fan-arts.
However, if you sale or buy a copy of fan-art print or fan-book/dojinshi even you're sure that makes profit for the fan-artist, you're supporting "fan art for sale" instead of "Fan art as love". I think it isn't very hard to proof that your fan-art selling doesn't make any profit for you.
Even dA's official rule says,
"deviantART does not allow the sale of copyrighted characters or works." (FAQ #743: Can I sell fan art as prints?)
so as a deviant, you can consider about fan-art selling from today.
For instance, I saw a deviation of a cover of dojinshi with few pictures from its inside pages last week. The art was very beautifully done. The description says almost nothing. Probably, that deviant selling that dojinshi on his/her own website, so it may not violate the dA's official rule. Maybe you can buy it if he/she will send it into your country. But how do you feel about this deviation? Is it an art, or a preview page to advertising one's fan-art selling? Is it fair for the all other fans in the World? Is this the best way to share fan-arts? Why this deviant is showing the cover of a fan-comic which the most fans may not able to read?
I want to appreciate people who never choose 'sale' to share their fan-arts. Since I become a fan of Boktai and TF, I was never able to 'buy' fan-arts. Lack of money, mostly, and sometimes my residence. Though I couldn't buy the 'original' stuff enough, how I can buy fan-arts? And I didn't know that many Japanese fan-artists don't send their fan-arts/dojinshi to foreign countries. Moreover, some of their website never allow viewers from outside of Japan. I was so shocked about that. They never share anything with me even I'm a Japanese! I don't think it's fair.
Well, to sum up, if you're showing your fan-arts for anyone for free, whatever your art is good or bad, YOU ARE AWESOME AND YOU CAN PROUD IT. Your arts are made with pure love and passion for the original, and I want to support only fan-artists who has those kind of arts in your gallery! I LOVE YOU!!
[7/18/2015 3:00pm Postscript]
Thank you for the interesting comment! I'm thinking more about fanart selling thing and then finally I realize this:
Money is not the only way to support either original artists and fan-artsts.
I believe this opinion of mine, so I never want any money as profits on my fanarts in the future. I want to be a fan-artist who can share one's fanarts with any fans whoever has a lot of money or not.