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Unread 09-05-2002, 04:01 PM   #1
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Photo in Game Magazine! cant' I sue..?

A very nice italian cosplayer brought this to my attention,
My photo (me as squall) was used in a popular Italian game magazine, called "the Games Machine.."

I dont' mind the extra attention but... I did specifically
write ''do not use my images without permission" on
my web page..

so like..what should i do?

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..the actual scan of the cosplay coverage page
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Unread 09-05-2002, 04:10 PM   #2
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here's the game mag cover
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Unread 09-05-2002, 04:12 PM   #3
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*points* Elfeaters on there too! Sounds like a class-action suit! Kinda...
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Unread 09-05-2002, 04:13 PM   #4
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i thought she looked familar! ^^;
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Unread 09-05-2002, 06:36 PM   #5
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Yep Yep, Sonia sent me a copy of that this morning, ^_^ I noticed you were in it too, I was gonna email you a copy but I guess you already saw it.
Eh, they took that pic off my site too. You can see the top of my logo that I put on every pic, they just cut it off. ^^ haha. Ah well.
As for what to do, since its international, Im not sure what can be done. I dont think they listed our names though.. so.. we are random I guess! ^^
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what the heck tho'! they can atleast email us..
my email addy is like hard to miss on the front page. -_-

uhh what does your caption translate too?
mine says..

"The Demonstration that the personages of final fantasy are androgynous: in this photo, squall and impersonato from one girl ''

uhh ok I guess it's a compliment to say I look
androgynous in the pic.. ^_^;;;;;;
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Unread 09-05-2002, 08:19 PM   #7
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How odd. I think Elfeater's right, because it's international you can't do much. Maybe just e-mail them and ask them not to do it again?
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Unread 09-06-2002, 09:11 AM   #8
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I don't really see the problem, one of my Rosiel costumes ended up printed rather proheminently in a German anime magazine, and I just felt flattered. The thought of sueing did not even cross my mind. O_O;;;;;; I guess that's where Europeans and Americans differ. Just take the compliment, order a copy of the magazine as a keepsake and let it be.
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Unread 09-06-2002, 10:58 AM   #9
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It costs money to sue unless you've got a slam dunk case. If this happened to me I'd send an email (too bad I don't know Italian) and ask for an apoplogy. The magazine may or may not have violated Italian copyright laws(any experts here?) but what they did was wrong(morally speaking).
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Unread 09-06-2002, 12:11 PM   #10
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The creator of a work has Copyright to it as soon as its created without having to file with the US copyright office. The US does have Copyright agreements with over 100 countries including Italy. Really though, its not worth trying to sue them. I would ask them if they could run an addendum in their next magazine with your name and website. I believe in giving credit where credit is due.
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Unread 09-06-2002, 12:41 PM   #11
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I don't understand what can be gained by getting upset over this. It takes a lot of energy to maintain a negative stance, and a lot less energy to see the positives. It's not as if they altered your image in any way and then claimed it was someone else. The picture is obviously you, ne?

So, anyone in Italy who goes searching for Squall cosplayers on the web is going to come across your site, and since the picture hasn't been photoshopped, maybe you'll end up with a few *new* fans ...

Of course, if you sue, I'm sure you'll lose a few fans. And money. No one likes a sue-er. And the likely financial outcome of such a case would be such small compensation.

But I don't really believe you were interested in sueing. ^_-

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Unread 09-06-2002, 12:49 PM   #12
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Oh trust me, Im not upset AT ALL! I think its really cool! But, Im a dork like that. ^^
I think Chrissy is just upset that they used her image...
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Unread 09-06-2002, 07:22 PM   #13
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I would love that to happen to me! but I'm content so far. I was interviewed by some people from The Buzz at CN anime along with a few other cosplayers about my costume. the difference was that I signed a form to let them use it for TV but even if they didn't say anything I wouldn't think about sueing O_o;;
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Unread 09-09-2002, 11:00 AM   #14
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I really doubt the magazine is going to do a reprint giving the cosplayers credit for their work b/c if they did that then they'd have to do that for everybody. Something tells me that would be a rather big logistics problem. However, I think in the future the magazine SHOULD give credit to where the credit is due. Hey they always list the author's name for every story that is done so why not give credit to cosplayers too? I'm not saying that they should label EVERY picture but a cosplay pic is different from a regular pic. A cosplayer's costume is his/her work of art much like how a painting is a painter's work and yes just about every painting has the artist's signature on it. Anyways I'll stop rambling.

L to the 3rd, I think the least you deserve is a free copy of that magazine. It'll make a nice keepsake.
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Unread 09-09-2002, 04:37 PM   #15
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Most magazines I've seen have captions for their pictures if it doesn't mention their names in the text itself. I'd just be pissed that they chopped the watermark off the photo to start with. Like I said, not worth suing over but it WAS illegal.
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