Cut because it’s nonsense.
I don’t usually reblog this kind of stuff, but this made me literally angry over all the misinformation and clear self importance the original poster is filled with.
First of all, the style used by the Tales of Friends charms is not unique to a single company. In fact, most series out there have charms made in a similar style available at some point or another. It’s not as though that style of drawing chibis is copyrighted.
Also, the pictures are clearly not traced, and the poses are very different.
How would this be any different from a fanartist selling prints of their work that just so happens to emulate the canon art style? Or that’s a redraw of a famous scene in the series?
And for the record, YES TECHNICALLY SELLING FAN ART IS ILLEGAL. It is not a gray area. Companies knowingly look the other way and allow artists to use the parody law because they know encouraging fans is better for them in the long run. If the work was truly parody, you would have to be referencing the work or censoring/changing names (which I have seen Japanese doujin artists do for explicit doujin when selling it online, which may not always have the same support from the companies for obvious reasons).
tl;dr this is not something worthy of some mass tumblr crusade against a single user. The products aren’t the same. Acrylic is not rubber. They are not traced. They are not taking away from the sale of rubber straps (which are way more than $10 if you try and find them now, wow, Luke can sell for over $20 at conventions and I saw him for around that price in a resell shop in Japan as well). The artist even admitted to using the same style from the start! Didn’t she originally only make them for herself? And then open sales when people expressed interest? On tumblr?
Come on, fandom.