@Vivian - I do think that ideas are somewhat protected in the form of intellectual property, though. Maybe it's not what you'll call plagiarism, but it's a form of dishonesty and the artist deserves the credit for the idea anyway.
And anyway, it's not right to use someone's design, do some minor changes, and then monetize the creation...
They can't just take a hairstyle, tilt a hair ornament, recreate it to fit the art style of the game, and boom now it's my design and I can make money with it. It's more like a "draw this in your style" merging a lot of art pieces together than a "revamp".
But again, I don't know the formalities of it, so maybe you're right. Even if it's not illegal (it probably isn't) it's just not right, not an ethical practice.
Beemoov in the Eldarya Copyright policy names Article L335-2 of intellectual property that reads:
"Toute édition d'écrits, de composition musicale, de dessin, de peinture ou de toute autre production, imprimée ou gravée en entier ou en partie, au mépris des lois et règlements relatifs à la propriété des auteurs, est une contrefaçon et toute contrefaçon est un délit."
From my understanding of this, the edition of a design (even if partial) is "an infraction and therefore a crime". So, if Beemoov explicitly names this article why doesn't it seem to apply to the artists they take inspiration from? I don't see it logical, or ethical. Even if it isn't a copyright infringement there's some protection to intellectual property.
But again, I don't have any idea on this subject, and I don't want to assume anything. I just wish they could be a little bit more creative because this design just looks like they didn't really make an effort to create an original and cool design...
EDIT: Maybe we're also not reinforcing the difference between plagiarizing and copyright violation. I quote some stuff I found somewhere that compared both:
"Plagiarism is using someone else’s work or ideas without giving proper credit" "Copyright infringement includes the unauthorized or unlicensed copying of a work subject to copyright."
"Plagiarising is a violation of academic rights, but not illegal, while copyright infraction is." "Plagiarism applies when ideas are copied, whereas copyright violation occurs only when a specific fixed expression (e.g. a sequence of words, use of an image) is copied." "Avoiding plagiarism is about properly apportioning intellectual credit, whereas copyright is about maintaining revenue streams"
So, in any case, this taking inspiration wouldn't be a copyright infringement, you're right @Vivian
Last edited by Vaihanai (06/16/2020 at 20:53)