Whoops... looks like someone didn't notice the part that says "This is free for PERSONAL use only. It is not
allowed for profit." on my Hylian Language Project adaption of the Skyward Sword alphabet...
I don't be stating names, or giving links, but I've contacted the individual about a particular item for sale which quite obviously includes characters I designed for my "full ancient alphabet"... here's hoping it goes well.
I do need to point out that besides my adaptions being heavily overlaid with my own work (be it altering meanings, expanding alphabets, creating new characters, or the language work it's self), I have to be strict
when it comes to the non-profit rule for various reasons.
1, since my alphabets are dual singular and syllabary alphabets, if I don't know what's going on, it's usually likely that the alphabets are being used incorrectly (there are NO capitals in my versions, those letters on the capital keys stand for other letters).
2, IF, and I mean IF
Nintendo ever cracked down on my works, other people could very easily get caught up in the mix if they're using my adaptions. That is not something I want to see happen
3, There are plenty of game accurate alphabets out there for everyone to use as they see fit (given they're willing to take the same risks I do in using something which originally isn't your IP).Though
, I would still like to point out that "free for personal use" covers a LOT of ground. You can use them in fanart, art for yourself, gifts to be given (but not sold), school projects, letters to friends, D&D type games, even Tattoos! Though on the last note... I HIGHLY recommend people come to me if they aren't 100% sure how to use my alphabets correctly.
I'm NOT trying to be mean here, but the work I've put into my language adaptions and other fan alphabets is still my work, my property, and like other artists, I don't want to see my hard work making other people money... at the very least, not without my knowledge and consent. It's VERY IMPORTANT
to contact me if you don't know what you can and can't do with my works- it is a downright insult to simply not ask me, and use them anyway... that's assuming I'm dumb enough not to search from time to time; that's assuming I won't ever find out, won't know... those assumptions could get people pegged with legal action, as in the case of some of my work I do
have soul rights to. I DO go hunting for usage from time to time, and no, if I find something I worked so hard on, if I find my brain children being sold without my consent? I WILL do something about it. I prefer not to fight, I prefer to inform, and assume that it was a mistake, but please remember, I'm no fool. I know very well what I'm doing in adapting alphabets from a video game series so renowned as the Zelda series. I have no choice but to be strict, and expect people to abide by my rules.
Now, back on track- I'm certain that the cause of my posting this was a mistake and will be resolved without an issue. It did however inspire me to post this for clarification so everyone understands my standpoint and reasoning. Thanks to everyone for reading it, and MANY MANY THANKS
to those of you out there (you know who you are) who HAVE contacted me about using my works beforehand. ♥UPDATE:
Looks like someone had made a commission for the piece and the creator had no idea it was my alphabet- was VERY polite and courteous about the matter. Makes me happy.
On the other hand if people are going to commission work of others with my alphabets...erm, I have to admit I had never thought of THAT possibility; I suppose it falls under the same rule I lay out for tattoos...in which I can't say I have a problem with it since you're SPENDING money on it. I just have to say again- PLEASE
make sure you're spelling things right; my fonts come with pdf files mapping keystrokes and meanings, so if you want something made with my alphabets, please refer to the pdf or contact me for help. I would also LOVE it if people would share these things.
To think that someone spent money to have someone's name in my version of Hylian put on a pendant... it's flattering. It really is. I just wish I'd known.