Derby #213: Dog Days

Dog on a hot roof

Still too close to a copyrighted character

Rejected because: Still too close to a copyrighted character

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Azurett


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Re: Dog on a hot roof


Will get rejected because it is still way too close to Snoopy. Didn't you get the hint in your first submission? Making the dog all black probably will not help.

mdh649


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Azurett wrote:Will get rejected because it is still way too close to Snoopy. Didn't you get the hint in your first submission? Making the dog all black probably will not help.


I am sorry, I was taking hints from past winners with peanuts characters. Guess the rules are more subtle than I thought. I will try something else next week.

Azurett


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mdh649 wrote:I am sorry, I was taking hints from past winners with peanuts characters. Guess the rules are more subtle than I thought. I will try something else next week.


Don't say sorry! Now you're warmed up to the rules of shirt.woot! Good luck next week!

rhochstrasser


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Azurett wrote:Don't say sorry! Now you're warmed up to the rules of shirt.woot! Good luck next week!


I don't get the rules either. How could the silhouetted Peanuts characters not have also been too close to copyrighted material?

taternuggets


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rhochstrasser wrote:I don't get the rules either. How could the silhouetted Peanuts characters not have also been too close to copyrighted material?


While the shirt you are talking about is certainly in the style of peanuts characters. They are not the characters themselves. I think the silhouette in the front is intended to remind people of Charlie Brown, if you look at him in profile... there are differences. Especially the way the nose hooks upward. Parody is a fine line we dance around.




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gement


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rhochstrasser wrote:I don't get the rules either. How could the silhouetted Peanuts characters not have also been too close to copyrighted material?


It's tricky, I'm afraid. And yes, the moderation on the Derby isn't always consistent. Sometimes they let through things that make me say, "Hmm." However, every time they've rejected something as over the line, I've agreed.

One factor in the recent "Teacher Talks Funny" is that the shirt is making specific commentary on the original, because it's saying the teacher sounded that way because she was playing the trombone. That makes it much easier to classify something as parody.

If I ever try to do a design with a big pop culture reference, I'll do so knowing it might trip the copyright alarm. This is a whole branch of law about picky subjective judgments, so it's really not predictable. Do keep trying!

mdh649


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gement wrote:It's tricky, I'm afraid. And yes, the moderation on the Derby isn't always consistent. Sometimes they let through things that make me say, "Hmm." However, every time they've rejected something as over the line, I've agreed.

One factor in the recent "Teacher Talks Funny" is that the shirt is making specific commentary on the original, because it's saying the teacher sounded that way because she was playing the trombone. That makes it much easier to classify something as parody.

If I ever try to do a design with a big pop culture reference, I'll do so knowing it might trip the copyright alarm. This is a whole branch of law about picky subjective judgments, so it's really not predictable. Do keep trying!


Thanks everyone for the encouragement and clarification. I will chalk this one up to a learning experience and perhaps try to get some pre-derby advice next week.

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