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Dear TNT, I would like to know your position on the following (some of which you might want to ask Kikocat): 1. Neopets spin-offs of existing ideas: So far I’ve seen an Art Gallery entry (AAA replacing Uncle Sam on the “I want YOU poster”) and some NT comics (which replaced people and/or animals in TV shows, movies, or memes with Neopets) that would qualify as Neopets spin-offs. Would it ever be considered plagiarism or art theft to make a Neopets spin-off? If there’s an existing craft idea that features images of animals or people would it be acceptable for a user to recreate it with Neopets, Petpets, Faeries, etc. instead of people or animals and enter it into the NT or another creative contest? 2. Elements of official Neopets April Fool’s Jokes (besides the (now real) Petpets): are references to these in creative contests (like the Art Gallery) only allowed in the April Fool’s edition? Specifically, when would an entry featuring the Marshmallow Kougra be allowed to win if at all? ~~jaylahcat

Hello, For the first part, we would need to be very careful about the copyrighted content, so you would need to watch out for that. Using the world around us for inspiration is how art is created, it's from our experience and things we saw and loved. So using something for inspiration is perfectly fine, the problem would come if someone else's work was simply copied into Neopia (so no tracing or using their artwork) and of course nothing copyrighted. Marshmallow Kougras would be allowed in the Beauty Contest but not in the Art Gallery. For entries into the Art Gallery the colour must exist for the pet, however for the BC, that rule does not exist so have fun and enter any colour of pet you would like even if it doesn't exist right now. The only rule related to this for the BC is if your pet is a Kougra, then the entry has to be of a Kougra.

From Neopian Times, Issue 903. JN Editorial ID: 20510