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Old Jan 19, 2010, 05:04 PM
Ira Ira is offline
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You bring up good points.

Originally Posted by Kaleb.G View Post
- A Doujin/fanmade album's publisher owns the copy rights for the album, but they probably are not licensed for the IP rights of the original compositions. They likely only publish their own work.
You're correct in this, the albums in the database reflect this. Searching for albums under Doujin/Fanmade gives 3092, Doujin/Fanmade+Arrange gives 2903 results, Doujin/Fanmade+Original Work gives 348 results, and Doujin/Fanmade+Original Soundtrack gives 80 results.

So out of all albums with the publisher type Doujin/Fanmade in the database...
  • 93.89% have at least 1 arrangement.
  • 6.11% Have no arrangements.
  • 11.25% have at least 1 original work.
  • 88.75% have no original work.
  • 2.59% are original soundtracks.
  • 97.41% are not original soundtracks.
We however can't assume that all the information is correct, but it gives us a good idea.

So, with all that said, it's correct to say they probably don't own or have the right to use the IP. However, I still feel it's a poor assumption to make. People usually think of doujin work as being based off other material, and while it is quite common (as the above shows) it is not part of the definition. An album being doujin does not mean that the artist does not own the IP.
And as for it being self-published, there are those who do, but many release their work as a collective.

Originally Posted by Kaleb.G View Post
By the way, we'll run into an issue with Self-Published vs. Commercial for this type of thing:
Music by Shinji Hosoe. Published by SuperSweep, Shinji Hosoe's label.
I guess that would be an issue if it's called 'self-published', yeah. Still pretty clear cut though, SuperSweep is a commercial label, therefore it's a commercial release.
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