Originally posted by TrUeFoRcE:
i just wanted to see what kind of characters other people wnated in the game, even characters they've made up so that people can come here to get some ideas if they wanna make a model for jko
Therein lies the danger, of course. If someone produces an original
piece of artwork - which may not be readily identifiable with Star Wars per se - then the originator of that work retains the copyright
. You cannot simply use their work to produce anything without their consent.
Therefore you should state clearly that if it is the intention to pass such works to someone else for the purposes of modelling, for whatever purpose, the artist either agrees to forego (or share) their copyright by posting a piece of art here, or you must come to a formal (written) agreement with the artist in order to utilise their work.
Sorry if that sounds like legal-speak, but I have a vested interest.
This is the reason why I have only so far posted images that are obviously of Star Wars characters - because technically I do not own the copyright of those characters. Production of Fan Art is a bit of a grey area - many, many people produce fan art of recognised (copyrighted) characters, and thus far no action has been taken against the artists - which sort of sets a precedent. That is not to say that action might not be taken if said artists were attempting to profit from such works, however.
I produce fan art in the knowledge that the holders of the copyright can do with those pictures what they wish - even profit by them, should they wish to do so. Or they might ask me to remove them, in which case I would readily comply.
So I would just advise you to tread a little carefully in matters of copyright and original art works.