Funimation Issues Statement on Copyright, Fan Art and Trademark

As Anime Expo is beginning and San Diego Comic Con is only a week away, Funimation issued the following statement on their take on copyright, trademark and fan art. “At law, a fan-created artwork that is clearly based on existing artwork owned by a copyright holder other than the fan (e.g. Funimation), is considered an unauthorized “derivative work” or an unauthorized reproduction (by substantial similarity) and therefore infringes the copyright…