Note: Avatars too are Copyrighted like Regular Images

The next time you have to choose an avatar for a social network or forum, avoid selecting your favorite Homer Simpson or Jack Sparrow avatar. Or you may well get into trouble.

November 05, 2008

avatarThe next time you have to choose an avatar for a social network or forum, avoid selecting your favorite Homer Simpson or Jack Sparrow avatar. Or you may well get into trouble.

Mephisto, a member of a poker site, used a Takashi Murakami image as an 80×70 pixel avatar on the site’s forum. Murakami responded with an email asking the user to either pay up 50,000 Yen (500$) or stop using the avatar.

On a related note, if you are looking to create a cool looking custom avatar, build one from scratch at Yahoo! Avatars or MiiWare.