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Hi Vingle Anime Family!

It's almost time for Halloween and I'm sure many of you have started planning your awesome cosplays! But what's this fuss about cosplay creations and copyright?
Here's the breakdown:
Cosplaying "could" be against the Japanese law. According to a web Q&A on Oshiete! Goo, with Yūji Ōkuma, a lawyer at the Toranomon Law and Patent Office, dressing up in anime character costumes violates copyright protection.
But wait! There's a caveat!
While it's considered a violation of copyrights as per Japan's copyright law, it's perfectly acceptable to create costumes for one's own personal and private use.
The lawyer did go on and state that making costumes for others or ordering one from a business might not quality as personal and private use. He advised cosplayers to research the character copyrights before creating cosplay costumes.
I, for one, think that the line between violating copyright and not is quite blurry and imagine that it would be hard for the anime companies to go after each and every cosplayer.

What about you guys? What do you think of all this copyright fuss when it comes to cosplaying anime characters?

@poojas Yeah! I mean, I hear about these companies holding competitions for the best cosplay! Why make it an issue when it seems to bring in money? I mean, it not only brings in money for the Anime/Manga companies, but it also brings in money from tourists who want to see...I just don't get the fuss
@poojas I know! That would be such a waste of time and money when they could just let it happen and let the money pour in! I doubt it'll actually go into effect though. I mean, it's such a huge part of the anime culture!
@Shemoo Right? That was pretty much my reaction when I read the article. @hollysenpai I agree! It seems quite confusing. And I feel like all the fanart and cosplays add more to the businesses of the big anime studios, not take away from it...
I think it's a little much. I mean, I feel like cosplaying helps Manga artists and anime creators earn more money by showing off the characters and it helps people like me find new animes to watch and manga to read. I just think it's a little excessive but I don't know how all this works exactly
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