Terms of Service

Created: 15 February 2020, 14:57:36 UTC
Last updated: 7 April 2020, 21:43:31 UTC

General

*Note that in this terms of service, we use the terms "sushi dogs" and "character" interchangeably. Please assume that any mention of "sushi dogs" also applies to the sushi cats subspecies as well!

  • By joining this site, you, the user, agree to these terms of service. Rulebreaking may result in punishment up to and including a sitewide ban and blacklist from the DeviantArt Group.
  • Creating multiple site accounts is considered cheating, and is strictly prohibited. Changing site usernames and DeviantArt accounts is allowed--please edit these instead of creating a second account. If you have an issue logging into your site account, please contact us for assistance.
  • You agree to let us use uploaded images for display on the site (we will not sell your artwork!). Uploaded artwork should be your own, or used with permission. If you would like to have any images you created removed from the site, please contact us.
  • Contact Information:

Social Etiquette 

  • Harassment and abuse towards other users and moderators is strictly prohibited, and bigotry of any kind is not tolerated anywhere within the site, DeviantArt group, or discord server. Please report any harassment, abuse, or bigotry to sushi dogs moderators by noting the DeviantArt group.
  • Harassment and abuse towards others on behalf of the sushi dogs species or community is also prohibited. If you find a trademark or copyright infringement anywhere, do not contact anyone on our behalf. Please contact us, and we will respond if need be. We understand that you may have good intentions, but we do not approve of or encourage users to police others' behavior for our sake, and doing so may result in punishment up to and including banning/blacklisting.
  • Please refrain from contacting users to offer on sushi dogs that they do not have publicly listed as up for trade. Unwelcome trade offers can be uncomfortable or stressful for others, and we consider repeated offering or begging to be a form of harassment.
  • We strongly discourage users from contacting Chital or any other moderator directly with sushi dogs-related questions, unless expressly prompted to. Please contact us using the methods listed in the previous section if you have any questions about the species, community, or these terms of service. We do consider privately contacting mods about sushi dogs, excessively, and after asked politely to stop, to be a form of harassment.

Character Ownership Rights

  • Sushi dogs characters are intended for personal, noncommercial use only. If you have any questions about whether your use of a character is allowed, please contact us for clarification.
  • Any artwork created for your sushi dogs characters may not be edited without express permission from the creator (this includes editing artwork for use in design updates). Artwork of your sushi dogs is welcome to be displayed in portfolios and online art galleries (such as DeviantArt, Toyhou.se, etc.).
  • We reserve the right to revoke your characters' eligibility for group participation in the event of rulebreaking. Please see "retiring and revoking" for more details.
  • Co-owning, the act of sharing a character between two or more people, is allowed. However, we are only able to officially recognize one user as the owner of a character. We are not responsible of any mishaps that occur while co-owning a sushi dog.

Auctions & Payment Plans

  • Payment plans are available for all official sushi dogs sales exceeding $100 in value unless otherwise stated. This includes official Chital auctions, guest auctions, flatsales, etc. All payment plans require a nonrefundable 25% deposit due upfront. Terms regarding payment schedule should be negotiated between buyer and seller (either Chital or an official guest artist).
  • If a buyer backs out of a payment plan, the character may be resold (either via auction or flatsale) at the seller's discretion. Alternatively, buyers may ask that their existing payment plan be transferred to another buyer (with the new buyer paying the remaining amount due), at the seller's discretion.
  • Buyers with an active payment plan may not bid on sushi dogs auctions until their payment plan is either completed or canceled.
  • All auctions have a snipe guard policy that extends the auction time limit to prevent auctions from being won unfairly. If bids are placed within the last 30 minutes of the auction, the auction will continue until 30 minutes after the final bid is placed.
  • Auctions may or may not have an autobuy (or "buyout") price set. The autobuy price allows a bidder to automatically win the auction at a higher price if they don't want to risk losing to other bidders. Bidders planning to autobuy an auction should discuss a payment plan with the seller first.

Gifting, Trading, & Selling Characters

  • Characters listed under your ownership may be gifted, traded, or sold to other users only if that character is eligible for gifting, trading, and selling. You can find this information on your character's masterlist entry.
  • Sometimes, your sushi dog may have a trading cooldown attached. This means that means your character cannot be transfered until after a specified date. You can find this information on your character's masterlist entry. When the cooldown period is over, your character's status will be updated automatically.
  • When transfering your sushi dogs character to another user, please include all artwork depicting the character in the trade. You relinquish all rights to use artwork created of that character, unless it is your own (you have the right to distribute your own artwork only as you see fit). We do not archive character artwork (only those displayed in the masterlist), and we cannot reproduce any artwork that is lost or excluded from character transfers.
  • When transfering a sushi dog, you are trading its current character design. All previous designs are archived, and may be made current with the purchase of a site item.
  • You are solely responsible for using discretion when participating in the transfer of a sushi dogs character. We are unable to compensate victims of scams.
  • Gifting and trading sushi dogs:
    • When trading a sushi dogs character, you may trade for other characters or artwork (digital or physical). 
    • The "adding on" of sushi dogs not eligible for resale to other character sales is not allowed.
  • Selling sushi dogs:
    • All characters eligible for resale will have a sale value listed on the masterlist. This should be considered the "resale limit" of the character. If your character's sale value is inaccurate, or if it is listed as $0, please note the DeviantArt group for a new appraisal.
    • The price of commissioned artwork may be added onto your sushi dog's sale value. Artwork created for free (gifts, or your own personal artwork of the character) will not increase your sushi dog's sale value. Buying a sushi dog for more than its listed sale value will not increase your sushi dog's sale value.
 

Make-Your-Own (MYO) Slots

  • MYO slots may be gifted, traded, or resold if eligible. This information is viewable on your MYO slot's masterlist entry.
  • When designing a MYO sushi dog, it is not necessary for you, the MYO slot owner, to create the character design or artwork used. You may commission someone to create the design and/or artwork, and the price of the design commission may be added onto the sale value of the soosh when appraised, just like commissioned artwork.
  • By designing a MYO sushi dog, you grant us permission to use and distribute your character design and artwork per these terms of service. You may revoke this permission, at any time, by "retiring" your sushi dogs character or design (see "retiring & revoking").
  • In the event of group blacklisting, any unused MYO slots under your ownership may be made void and removed from the site, without compensation.
  • Your MYO sushi dog may not be a copy or bootleg of an existing design, either within the community or not. We take plagiarism very seriously, and if we come to the decision that your MYO sushi dog is uncomfortably similar to another character design, you will be given the option of either a.) changing your MYO sushi dog's design or b.) retiring your MYO sushi dog, without compensation. During this time, your MYO sushi dog will be "frozen" (unable to be transferred or used for any community activities). If we find that there was an oversight in approval that was our own fault, we are happy to offer compensation in the form of site items, currency, or a complimentary custom design (by Chital, or a moderator), at our sole discretion.

Character Design Alterations

  • We allow sushi dogs character designs to be edited, either for free or with the purchase of in-game items (whichever is necessary). Guidelines for design alterations can be found at this link (to be added).
  • You agree that when creating a sushi dogs character design, you are allowing us to use and distribute your character design and artwork per these terms of service. You acknowledge that the sushi dog's character design may by changed in the future, and that, if it is changed, the character design you created will be archived for reference and potential future reuse. You may revoke this permission, at any time, by "retiring" the character design you created (see "retiring & revoking").
  • "Alternate universe" versions of sushi dogs characters are not officially recognized by the group. Any "alternate forms" of sushi dogs not officially recognized by the group are considered by us to be separate characters entirely.

Retiring & Revoking Characters

  • Retiring/revoking is a process by which a sushi dog is stripped of its eligibility for site and group participation. Retiring/revoking a sushi dog is permanent, and while you can still use your retired/revoked character for whatever you'd like outside the site and group, it will never be usable in the site or group ever again, regardless of who it belongs to.
  • Retiring is voluntary, and only applicable to MYO sushi dogs. Sushi dogs characters created by Chital, @SpikedPeach, or any guest artist are not able to be retired for any reason (they can, however, be revoked).
  • If you would like to retire a character that you own, you must have written permission from its original creator.
  • An alternate version of retiring sushi dogs applies to archived designs (previous versions of a soosh not currently in use). Normally, when a sushi dog's design is altered, the previous design is archived for reference and potential future reuse. By retiring an archived design, that design will be removed from the sushi dog's design history, and will not be viable for reuse on that character or any other. To retire an archived design, you must be the current owner of the sushi dog in question AND have written permission from the creator of the archived design.
    • Note that the original design, if archived, cannot be retired. You would need to retire the sushi dog entirely (if eligible).
  • Revoking is a forced retirement of a sushi dog that occurs as a punishment for rulebreaking. The same rules apply for revoking as retirement: the character can be used freely outside the site and group, but it is no longer eligible for site or group participation.
 

 

Trademark Information

 
Sushi Dog/Sushi Dogs® is a registered trademark. No person or entity may reproduce or use the Sushi Dogs brand, trademark or logo in any manner other than expressly authorized by the trademark holder. Unauthorized use of the Sushi Dogs trademark is strictly prohibited. If you see any potentially unauthorized use of the trademark by any third party or see any name, logo, design, or appellation for any product/service of a third party which may be confusingly similar to Sushi Dog/Sushi Dogs, please report the unauthorized use/confusing marks to http://deviantart.com/sushidogs.
 
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