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 Posted: Jan 23 2015, 10:21 AM
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Copyright Guidelines


I know what you're thinking: Copyright seems like a strange thing to have in a world of ninja powers. This, however, isn't an IC thing. Copyright applies to OOC applications for...well, just about anything. No one likes seeing their own work plagiarized, but on the flip side of that, just because you got to a fairly commonly pursued concept, such as, for example, telekinesis, that doesn't mean you should have sole access to said concept. So, to protect the rights of all users as much as we can, some simple rules regarding copyright have been created, and are listed below. If there is ever an issue over copyright, three moderators will determine which category your application belongs to and if any complaints are, indeed, valid.

Please note, however, that, short of techniques that require specific bodily modifications or bloodlines, a character who has SEEN a jutsu may make a jutsu that is similar to the original technique, and is not subject to these restrictions. Be careful about openly and frequently using jutsu that you want to keep secret.

On the flip side of that, however, if any jutsu you use requires a unique body feature-certain medications, surgeries, body modifications, bloodlines, etc, the jutsu cannot be copied without the copier also possessing those features.

Unclaimable


What makes an application unclaimable under copyright, and what does that even mean? Basically, if a jutsu is unclaimable, it is not protected in the slightest by our copyright rules. This may be because it is actually a jutsu that was seen in the manga or anime itself, or is an ability from a completely different series reworked to be a jutsu. Basically, you didn't actually make it yourself, you just reworded it to fit our forum. Since these are not your own creations, you cannot claim copyright on them.

Limited Copyright


An application applies for Limited Copyright when it is an easily recognizable concept, but is not specific to any one creation-for instance, fireballs exist in too many media to count. In these instances, your wording is protected, but the concept itself (for example, shooting a ball of fire) is not. To qualify for Limited Copyright, the concept has to appear in at least 5 different easily recognizable media.

Protected Copyright


Protected Copyright applies when your application is truly a fresh, unique idea, or is so rare that only one or two easily recognizable media have them-for instance, perhaps you make a giant eagle out of metal. While it may be present in a few other media, it is, for the most part, safe. In this instance, you may raise a complaint when you feel an individual has made an application that is too closely related to your own. If it is found that you have a point, the other individual will have to alter their technique til it meets your own expectations.

Absolute Copyright


Absolute Copyright is quite rare-in fact, its doubtful that any technique could ever achieve Absolute Copyright. In the rare event, however, that the concept you came up with is so completely unique and unheard of that it's ridiculous to think that two people could accidentally come up with the same idea, you are granted sole domain over the entire concept, and no others may create applications that are similar to your own idea.
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