'Slenderman' is apparently now a copyrighted character. However, the real slendermen are still about in various forms, sometimes called by different things depending on myths and cultures (tall greys, shadowmen, etc).
The former was sold & marketed to make money which lost their scariness, the latter are still pretty much scary as heck imo.
And is somehow starting to get away with it. That's why he's secretive about who he's given the rights to (management or sold, whatever). If people find out, he'll lose his hold...& probably be sued by those being barred from using SM imagery/mythologies.
I think he managed to get his personal creation story (the whatever style mythology) tied in with the Slenderman figure & its myths as to be indistinguishable from each other.
Right now there are companies out there who believe he owns the rights. We need more info on which parts he owns (as in, just a location, a certain story, etc), if any, and separate the two - one Public Domain (as it should be), the other Fan Art (his myth addition).
Binary, you may just be my hero. I know a game developer who was barred by Steam from making a Slenderman game due to copyright. He ended up making a much cooler villain (arachnid plague-doctor type) for a game called "Huntsman: The Orphanage" which DID get Greenlit.
It's possible the guy who's trying to trademark Slendy is butt-hurt about not actually being able to do so, and is spreading rumors. Which I feel like crap, 'cause I dislike the thought that I too could be spreading disinformation. So I apologize if it ends up being a rumor.
This whole event could also be in combination w/ the DayZ issue Steam was having a few months ago. A very similar game came out w/ similar name (WarZ), total rip-off trying to milk up DayZ's profits. Steam actually had to refund people, and Steam does not like to refund.
So thank you, binary. If you find out any new info, please let me know. And I'll do the same.
Apparently some guy 'created' him on a forum somewhere. Which is silly as there's plenty of same-styled characters (right down to the tall & suit) already out on the net, not including plenty of mythologies that include characters just like that.
The 'creator' then sold the rights to some bigger company (I don't know which) & they're being up-tight about copyright.
Steam (the game community) won't even let you make/sell games based off him now. Which is kinda dumb, since slenderman really wasn't created by one person - just made popular by the guy.
This may also mean that Fan Art of 'Slenderman' is now illegal... It's kinda like someone suddenly owning the rights to the general tall grey aliens, hatmen, shadow people & shadow slendermen, etc. Kinda wrong to have a person own a copyright to something that's public domain..
Reminds me of the guys who somehow managed to copyright the word "homesteading" which is ridiculous as it has been used for many decades. They eventually dropped their claim on it a couple years later due to legal issues...
If somebody said they made their art based off of the legend of DasRitter or something..would that help at all? It's so ridiculous that somebody actually claimed to own something like that. Holy shit. Before you know it, somebody is gonna claim Jeff The Killer or The Rake..
You could say "inspired by" a legend or something in the public domain, yes. But it can't have the exact Slenderman look. This also depends on which country you're in, some have crazy-tight laws while others are more relaxed about art. (good and bad)
So for example, you could paint MLP-type anime art so long as it's inspired by the Pegasus of Greek (& wherever) mythology. You just can't have it look -exactly- like Rainbow Dash (or whatever that one is called, I don't watch it) as it's too close to the character which has been copyrighted.
His name's out there but I won't bother to link it.
To give you a few breadcrumbs on older Slendermen:
The Choctaw peoples had many stories of shadow-like beings. Tall & thin human-like being(s) which could slide on their bellies or slip into your body. Again, there are many more mythologies w similar stories & even more modern paranormal slender-men (and aliens) w/ similar looks. They're not as easy to find with a quick search but I'm sure if you're interested enough you can find them.
As a modern twist, in the 90's Buffy the Vampire Slayer had an episode w/ Slendermen beings called 'The Gentlemen': [link] They look strikingly similar to the 'copyrighted' Slendermen w/ Trololo faces. Since the series was out earlier than the alleged creator of Slenderman had his, does that mean the creators of Buffy technically own both Public Domain characters?
And of course David Bowie w/ his Shadow Man...though I just threw that in for fun.[link]
The minute diff here from the 'copyrighted' Slendermen and many other shadow/slendermen is the former generally has a smooth face while the latter have unnaturally small or 'different' (glowing/sunken/exaggerated,etc) features.
Just seeing that someone can copyright what's out there & has likely been out there for many many years, is like a person owning rights to the name/animal Giraffe 'cause they were the first one to file the paperwork.
Oh weird, I wasn't aware there were stories about similar beings in Native lore. I have a friend who is half Comanche and her father is very knowledgeable on the culture, I wonder if he knows of anything like Slenderman.
Wow, I guess nobody bothered to do it before them because they didn't know how or figured it would be a waste of time to try but evidently it worked for this guy. Ugh..some people
I'm seriously GLAD about this because Slenderman is one of the few things that had me seriously freaked out for MONTHS. I too knew Slendy before the whole stupid game, I got to know him through a friend who knew the creepypasta and introduced me to Marble Hornets. I was afraid in the dark so much because of Slenderman that I sometimes cried out of fear, no joke. Then I introduced Slendy to my other friends and apparently wanted me to get rid of my fear. So one of my friends dressed up as Slenderman for Halloween and somehow it helped me a lot to get over it. And those stupid bad quality images of the game, pfft. He doesn't have that soulless, fucking creepy thing the Marble Hornets version is. Also, the Slender version isn't even slender. He's this pudgy dude with his arms in an arch.
So why are you letting that get in the way? I don't know, why not ignore it?
I love the idea of Slender man myself. I also like how a single idea can form so many other ideas and create what we have right now.
Some people are making him cute and adorable but maybe thats their way to get into Slender man, I guess. I don't care personally. The creepy aspect is what makes me like it a lot... I think what makes ME like the mythos was due to my fears as a kid. There was a creepy forest. I was scared shitless of that forest and how dark it was, and I swore something was in there. My teacher was a dick and made us go in there and I was apparently so petrified that I had passed out despite my teacher trying to yell 'No such thing' in there.
I don't really remember that. I had my mother tell me the story.
But Slender man would be similar or close to what I'd be pissing myself scary as a kid and suppose is why I like it so much.
So who cares what the others do? Stick to the other stuff that stays true to the Slender Man.
It happens. The same thing happened to the older movie monsters like Freddy and Chuckie. The early films were horror based, which eventually de-evolved into comedy romps that beared little resemblence or mood to the originals.
I think the way it happens is that people like to pervert things. That is, to take something and make it into something else that is completely different. In this case, take a scary character and make them HAPPY HAPPY JOY JOY. I've seen the reverse too, for example have you see all the Ronald McDonald pics that make him scary? One of the best was definitely Giygas Theme RONALDver on youtube.
It's a lanky bipedal creature that lives in rural U.S. It wears old, torn clothes, but has pale white skin, bony limbs, and a mouth that looks nonexistent but opens up across the entirety of the head and neck. It moves slowly for camouflage reasons , but can jump across landscapes rapidly and silently, giving it the illusion of teleportation. It preys on farm animals and wild beasts alike, but when it is time to reproduce, it'll stalk a human, implant a fetus (they are hermaphrodites are can self-reproduce) into the spinal column of the host, and flees into the woods. (The fetus itself is liquid, and will quickly grow into the host's body, and it's presence can be seen as a white branching pattern on the skin of the host's back.)
Several weeks later, the host will collapse suddenly, go into seizures, and be paralyzed. The adrenal glands are then targeted by the fetus, and the ensuing epinephrine overdose is enough to shock the fetus into pulling itself out of the host, alongside with the host's bones, muscles, stomach, and nervous system. The newborn Grifter will then cover it's exposed body with the clothes of its victims, and jump off into the woods to grow and feed on smaller wildlife before coming back to the farms as adults, disguised as old worn scarecrows wearing familiar clothing.