I've been playing around with ideas regarding selling some things and other things. One of those things is sailor moon CS (not for profit mind you)
So i looked up a bit about copyright and so on, especially regarding germany...since unfortunately that is where i live.
So what i have noticed is this:
If i want to use commercially SM-CS that would mean i would have to ask Naoko Takeuchi herself! Since holds the rights to the characters and so on. BUT the sharing right or whatever it is called of the title "Sailor Moon" belongs to other people, in my case a few publishers and tv studios probably. So if i wanted to use that i would have to get it from the same source as them, some lawyer in japan probably.
Now, in japan people sell doujins all the time because their law is a bit different and mostly because the publishers don't care since it means more advertising for them. However since i live in germany i would have to go by german law, and that means, i would have to ask Naoko Takeuchi.
In other words, its pretty much impossible.
(Now i do understand that no one would probably even notice me if i were to do it, but since i want to sell my own manga one day i want to refrain from any illegal stuff as much as possible)
But you see, all that thinking about copyright, for a while now, got me thinking even more, especially about my own manga. Is it really alright to hold the right to an "idea"?
To sum up, my conclusion is: No.
To explain a bit more, this is how selling Manga/Comics should go and i think i will do it eventually with my own Manga:
-First the mangaka/comic-creator thinks up an idea and creates the comic on paper/computer.
-Then (or before he does it depending on his popularity) he asks the people to donate money, something like kickstarter. If he gets enough to cover up the work he has done for that comic.
-So after he gets that donation that would count as a salary you might say, he will do two things:
1. he will share the original files/scans of the comic so that everyone could look at it for free or even print it out for themselve!
2. He or his publishers will print out a large amount of those comics (to reduce the costs of price per comic, as printers reduce the price if you order more) and then sell it for almost exactly the amount it cost to print the manga! (maybe a tiny bit more for the effort and providing the budget to print all those numbers)
That way those "ideas" will be competely free, as it should be, but the comic creators/mangaka still get their money for providing those "ideas" to begin with! The only thing that would be covered by law is to not claim "original creator" since such things would be a lie, but other than that, anyone would be free to do whatever he wants with it. He could even sell it if he wanted to, or change it or whatever.
How does that help Sailormoon-CS? Not at all.
How does that help otherwise? Probably a lot.