Page 1 of 1

A comic ripping off XKCD?

Posted: Tue Aug 09, 2016 4:23 am UTC
by ReasonablyCrazy
I searched the forums before posting this and found a reference from a few years ago, but no real discussion on it. I stumbled across a webcomic called Don't Shoot the Pianist (https://www.facebook.com/DontShootThePianist) that seems to do only musician humor comics, but the art style is pretty clearly mimicking XKCD. I know stick figures seem universal, but he styles them the same way, from the lines to the hair, right down to the font. He even links to an XKCD comic beneath his most recent comic on his website. (http://euge.ca/2016/08/06/irregular-meter/)

Is this copyright infringement, or no big deal? Because it feels kind infringey to me.

Moved to General as probably a more suitable sub-forum - Angua

Re: A comic ripping off XKCD?

Posted: Tue Aug 09, 2016 11:00 am UTC
by Soupspoon
The obvious answer is that xkcd is published under https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/2.5/ which means that as long as credit is given and no profit is made (nor further second-hand changes made to the licencing that allows subversion of this) the genuine Randall Munroe Experience™ can be copied and shared freely enough, and not only is this not a copied work, it isn't even a cut'n'paste derived work, but hand-crafted anew (thus falling well outside the accreditation requirements).

It's not even as if stick figures were Randall's creation (even something as recent as the iconic Xiaoxiao series started four years before Randall) and you can go back centuries (Sherlock Holmes and The Adventure of the Dancing Men is the best example that comes straight to mind to demonstrate this, but you could extend this to paleolithic instances, I'm sure, if you really wanted to) and the constraints of a comic strip practically force other conventions to converge in various ways. And it's clearly attributed to a non-Randall source, with a marginally different-to-Randall style and handwriting as an added bonus.

But, whilst marginally short of proof, I would imagine it is inspired by Randall's works (as a fan or by mere glance), and the Facebook-depicting comic prior to the one currently linked to shows an increased shared level of common interests and direction of creativity.

If I were Randall, I think I'd be happy to be inspirational, whilstsoever it is clearly not a full on 'fakcd' attempt aimed at dividing the market share or defaming the 'original'. But then if I were Rndall, I'm not sure exactly what other feelings I might have, and I probably wouldn't be posting here. Plus IANAL.

(But note to the regulars in the "there's this xkcd cartoon that I vaguely recall" thread to perhaps add this webcomic to the list of 'easily mistaken for xkcd' ones, along with all the other ones that look far less easily mistaken for xkcd, visually, even through the mists of dodgy recollection... Right? ;))

Re: A comic ripping off XKCD?

Posted: Thu Aug 11, 2016 5:06 am UTC
by ReasonablyCrazy
I suppose that's true. Now that I think about it, there were a ton of comics that used the same style as The Far Side that published in newspapers that didn't face any legal tomfoolery.

Thanks for your insight!

Re: A comic ripping off XKCD?

Posted: Thu Aug 11, 2016 6:48 am UTC
by MWak
You know the old chestnut, imitation is the sincerest form of flattery

But the day stick figure art is copywriter is a sad day indeed

Re: A comic ripping off XKCD?

Posted: Mon Aug 15, 2016 6:01 pm UTC
by wumpus
Are there any good "fan cartoon" XKCDs around? One of the girls who modeled a guitar and bikini on wetriffs had one, but that was abandoned shortly afterwards as she prepared to go off to college (but seemed to live on almost as long as wetriffs itself). I can't think of any others.

Re: A comic ripping off XKCD?

Posted: Tue Aug 16, 2016 8:35 am UTC
by teelo
wumpus wrote:Are there any good "fan cartoon" XKCDs around?

viewtopic.php?f=2&t=22741

Re: A comic ripping off XKCD?

Posted: Wed Oct 26, 2016 3:27 am UTC
by TvT Rivals
This truly is the comic Randall would make if he was into music instead of science.

Re: A comic ripping off XKCD?

Posted: Mon Feb 06, 2017 8:53 am UTC
by liberonscien
TvT Rivals wrote:This truly is the comic Randall would make if he was into music instead of science.

An alternate universe is leaking.

Re: A comic ripping off XKCD?

Posted: Mon Feb 06, 2017 2:40 pm UTC
by somitomi
liberonscien wrote:
TvT Rivals wrote:This truly is the comic Randall would make if he was into music instead of science.

An alternate universe is leaking.

Get the duct tape...

Re: A comic ripping off XKCD?

Posted: Mon Feb 06, 2017 2:42 pm UTC
by liberonscien
somitomi wrote:
liberonscien wrote:
TvT Rivals wrote:This truly is the comic Randall would make if he was into music instead of science.

An alternate universe is leaking.

Get the duct tape...

I'm all out. I have painter's tape though.