CosRight: Cosplay and Copyright?!

Do you cosplay? Do you take photographs of cosplayers? Do you share cosplay related stuff on social media? Do you have social media?

If you answered yes to any of these questions then read this blog post and stay tuned for more.

If you know nothing about cosplay let’s start with the basics. Below are a couple of videos which I think describe cosplay perfectly. If you already know the basics feel free to skip this blog post.

Below is what a cosplay performance is like:

This is another kind of cosplay performance:

Below is what a convention is like:

And this shows just how much fun cosplay is:

Now did you notice that the credit links in these videos are fairly obvious. Now here’s a test on the various social media platforms what are the legal and ethical requirements with giving credit where credit is due? Please not sometimes what’s legal and what’s ethical are different. Bonus points if you can find the specific laws and or regulations which relate to social media and cosplay specifically.

Extra bonus points if you can tell me how to both legally and ethically credit my friend who took my cover photo (note I already know how I’m just testing you guys).

See you next time when I go into more detail about how you can stay out of legal and moral trouble. Trust me lawyers are expensive and often not even journalists can afford one (especially if you’re a poor uni student).

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