Rights to the Emoji

Peter Constable petercon at microsoft.com
Mon Oct 12 18:00:38 CDT 2015

Exactly: specific designs are subject to license terms determined by the original designer, which are liberal in some cases and not in others. But the concept of a such-and-such emoji and it's encoded representation are not an issue.


-----Original Message-----
From: Unicode [mailto:unicode-bounces at unicode.org] On Behalf Of Martin J. Dürst
Sent: Sunday, October 11, 2015 9:59 PM
To: patapatachakapon . <bugraaydin1999 at gmail.com>
Cc: Shervin Afshar <shervinafshar at gmail.com>; unicode at unicode.org
Subject: Re: Rights to the Emoji

You can also design your own version of the emoji you want to use. [I'm not a lawyer, but as far as I understand,] what's protected is the individual design, not the idea of a "donut" or "frowning face" emoji as such.

Regards,   Martin.

On 2015/10/12 09:51, Shervin Afshar wrote:
> Those listed in the column titled "Native" come from the operating 
> system (in your case, Mac OS X) and/or browser you are viewing that 
> page on. One can assume that the right to those belong to the entity 
> who develops those software.
> A safer approach for you would be to use symbols from Emoji One[1]; if 
> you can attribute that project on your products, you can use them for 
> free; if you can not do that, they require that you contact them for a 
> custom paid license [2].
> Also, with the paid license you are helping a project publishing 
> content under Creative Common license.
> [1]: http://emojione.com/
> [2]: http://emojione.com/faq#faq5
> ↪ Shervin
> On Sat, Oct 10, 2015 at 5:59 AM, patapatachakapon . < 
> bugraaydin1999 at gmail.com> wrote:
>> Hello,
>> I work for a small company in Turkey. We would like to import/sell 
>> products that have pictures of Emoji on them (such as keychains, cups 
>> etc.) , here in Turkey. The Emoji we would like to use on our 
>> products are the ones that are titled Native on the chart that I've attached to this email.
>> I would like to know whether or not it's required to buy the rights 
>> these Emoji. Are Emoji copyrighted, or can they be used by anyone for 
>> design purposes?
>> Thanks so much in advance!

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