A question from an ignorant non-fursuiter

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I heard somewhere that fursuits of well-known fictional characters was a no-no among fursuiters, and I also didn't notice them about.  Recently, though, there seem to be suits of Nick and Judy popping up.  Not that I mind, but...does that rule not apply to them?  Does that rule not, in fact, exist?  If it doesn't exist why am I not seeing fursuits of Gadget Hackwrench, characters from the Sonic SatAM series, etc?

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It's a question of copyright. A fursuit maker who wants to make a popular character for the purpose of selling it needs to obtain permission from the copyright owner.

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Does that apply to fursuits one makes for oneself?

WRT the OP's question, Rescue Rangers and Sonic came out in 1990 or so,
before most AC attendees were born Sad

I also suspect most suit wearers would rather wear their own OC,
not somebody else's property (though I saw several MLP suits at AC).

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I don't know for sure. Would be akin to downloading a movie to your personal computer? Maybe not.

Only a copyright lawyer would know for sure.

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Nope, there's no rule against wearing a fursuit of a pop culture character. They often get a lot more attention than original character fursuits! As mentioned, the issue lies in copyright laws when selling fursuits.

There are more people who want to wear fursuits than people who make them; thus, most fursuits you see were bought from someone. Corporations have laws against unauthorized merchandise (including apparel and costumes) being sold. Most fursuit makers will not take a commission of a pop culture character to protect themselves from copyright infringement lawsuits. It's fine to make a costume yourself for personal use (see: everyone who dresses as a Disney character for Halloween), but you would get into trouble if you tried to sell it. If you see a person wearing a fursuit of a fictional character, it's most likely that the wearer made it themselves, or managed to find one of the very few fursuit makers who will do a copyrighted character.

As for why you're seeing more of certain characters than others, it just has to do with popularity. Newer movies will be more popular than older ones - I've seen many Lion King fursuits but none from The Jungle Book, for example. Zootopia came out very recently, and with a sequel in the works, it's still fresh in the public's mind. Some of the characters from older IPs might not even be recognized by congoers nowadays.

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