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I attended the games day 2006 and took some of my artwork to show the GW artists to get some possible advice on how to improve etc, I took a Tau picture of Farsight (amongst others) I had done about a year previously, I showed this to a few of the artists and they all loved it and offered me lots of advice etc.
Now the new tau codex has come out and while looking through it I was amazed to see the picture of Farsight attacking Orcs on page 45 because it is basically the exact picture I took to games day and the one I posted on this forum last October in the Librarium Gallery (broken link - please see Caluin's post below), does anyone see a similarity?.
I am actualy considering contacting GW over this matter because I think its just way to coincidental, would you people with the new Tau codex please check out my picture and compare them and tell me what you think, am I just imagining it or are the similarities just to great, remembering that this picture has been posted on this forum alone since October and I know GW check forums frequently for copyright violations.
Last edited by Grephaun; April 1st, 2006 at 18:49. Reason: Removing broken link.
Your link gives a 404 error. Looks like you didn't copy/paste the entire URL. I recommend against anything clicking on the link provided as it is, as it tends to lock up the web browser for a few moments.
You're lucky I like you. I was able to find your artwork in the gallery. Link supplied below. I can't edit your post to remove the bad link as I don't have mod powers here.
I'm assuming that is the one you were referring to.
While I see similarities, I don't think it's close enough to justify theft of intellectual property. For instance, you have Crisis Suits in the background, while the Codex shows only Farsight. Also, you have a Chaos marine, while they have Orks. The lack of the Shield around Farsight also hurts a bit.
Really, the only things I see in common is the character and the pose, both of which could be simply coincedental.
That page has that virus that popped up on the LO a week or so ago on it. Don't go there till the links been edited.
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Well the image is definatley similar, if i were you i would write to games workshop and ask if you could perhaps here from the artist himself and see what he has to say. Your other option would be to speak to thier legal department and see what they say however i think that you would get a response which would tell you that there is no connection and that if you wish to take civil action then to go ahead.
lol, what are you going to say? I'm sueing you for copying my image... then they sue you for breaking their intellectual property rules by using their subject...
The images are not that similar. They're worlds apart regarding the copy right of your image, however your drawing of a © tau is spot on. If you were to sell or use that image to benefit yourself basically anything else other then you're own personal use then GW could rightfully sue you for using there imagery.
Their Intectual Property copyright rules are on their site and i've read them. And they encourage cool stuff like you're doing, but its a fine line. If you were to get your stuff printed and then sell it on ebay, GW would take serious action on you.
Intellectual property is a funny thing, I have not used the image for any monetery gain, but the image is mine though the subject matter belongs to GW, if I wanted to use it for gain I would have to obtain GW's permission, but the reverse also applies if they wanted to use my image they would have to gain my permission, my main point is that the image itself is practically identical(are you looking at the same images?), the actual dynamic of the pose, farsight using momentum to attack the enemy,even the angles of the arms and legs are near identical, but the thing that sells me is the actual attack itself, its exactly the same as my picture an attack, from a jump move using the shoulder and the suits weight, it just seems to much of a coincidence, of all the attack poses that GW could have used they happen to have picked this exact pose and attack situation I used, obviously there are differences bit I think the overall idea has been ripped.My picture is nearly 2 years old its been seen by GW artists twice and posted on this forum since October.Originally Posted by Gareth
I personally believe that you should take action and make this a seriously big issue, because it is. They took something that was your idea, and used it for their own gains, which is the codex.
Keep us updated?
Stick it to the man...
Hmmm maybe set up a petition having everyone who sees similarities. If you can get enough you would be able to present it to them. I would happily sign it!
While I can see where you are coming from riki, I really don't think that you will get anywhere by attempting to sue.
Unless you have equal ammounts of cash to throw at a case, then the chances are pretty good that GW would rip you to shreds. I don't mean this in any way other than factual, as I personally believe that you can conclusively proove that they stole your idea.
While the images are certainly similar, yours doesn't appear to be Commader Farsight (unless I'm mistaken), just a normal crisis suit. Also, the opponent in the seperate drawings is different, as previously stated.
Just because two artists had similar ideas about a similar theme, doesn't automatically mean that one of them stole the others work.
Unless you can conclusively proove that the artist who did the illustration of Farsight in Codex:Tau Empires had seen your work, and intentionally copied it, then you won't be able to get anywhere.
I understand that it is a sickening feeling seeing work with near identical themes to yours being used in a comercial environment (it's happened to me before), and I am not trying to sound negative or against you in any way, I just think that you are making too large a leap from 'that piece of work is very similar to something I've made' to 'that piece of work is stealing my idea'.
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Did you copywright it? Did you put the copywright symbol on the picture anywhere? Did you include the copywright information with the image when you posted it?Originally Posted by rikimaru
I run a small business that sells furniture that shows up in Van Gogh paintings. We include images of his painting on all of our tags and they are all copywrighted by other people. The only thing we have to do to avoid legal issues is change the hue of one or all colors in the artwork.
If the image is not exactly like your COPYWRIGHTED image, and I mean exactly like it, you'll get laughed out of court.
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