The Legalities of Internet Memes

Discussion in 'General Off-Topic Chat' started by LightyKD, Jun 2, 2012.

  1. LightyKD
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    LightyKD Future CEO of OUYA Inc.

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    There really isnt a better way to start this thread but yes, I'm about to ask the question...

    "Who legally owns Pedobear and Trollface?"

    I'm working on a development project and I want to do a few cameos but the last thing I want to do is step on legal toes which is why I'm creating this thread. I don't think that most people take the time to ask their selves if they are infringing on someone's copyright, when using a meme. Granted to even think about that seems silly when you consider the nature of a meme. OK I'm done. Everyone, feel free to chime in on this.

    -Thanks :)
     
  2. Jax

    Jax Pip Pip Cheerioink!

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    I don't think they have a legal owner.

    http://knowyourmeme.com/memes/pedobear
    http://knowyourmeme.com/memes/trollface-coolface-problem

    At least you can know the origin of these memes.
     
  3. Joe88

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    I think they are in the public domain and I doubt if someone even owned "pedobear" they would even bother with copyright infringement
     
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  4. machomuu

    machomuu Drops by occasionally

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    Huh, I never knew PB was originally a 2chan meme. Who knew.

    Well, I don't think they have legal owners. Creators, but not legal owners.
     
  5. LightyKD
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  6. Gahars

    Gahars Bakayaro Banzai

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    I can't see anyone wanting to take credit for legally owning something like Pedobear (if anyone does own it at all).
     
  7. WolfSpider

    WolfSpider GBAtemp Regular

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    Even if someone did own it I doubt that they could prove it.
     
  8. koimayeul

    koimayeul GBAtemp Maniac

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    Nope. Chuck Tesla.
     
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