...Or at least it would seem so. Apparently Hayate no Gotoku creator, Kenjiro Hata, made a note of concern over Shogakukan's crazy strict copyright rules. Seeing how Pokemon is among one of the series they hold ownership too, this obviously applies to the fandom.
The rules, as detailed on the website.
Shogakukan forbids the following unauthorised usages of our publications on the Internet or intranets:
- Posting pictures, in whole or in part, of the binding or pages of our publications.
- Posting the contents or tables of contents of our publications.
- Posting plot summaries or derivative stories and similar based on our publications.
- Posting pictures or photographs, in whole or in part, of our characters.
- Posting your own pictures (illustrations or parodies, etc.) of our characters.
- Modifying our characters (including your own images) or publications for use in software, icons, wallpapers. etc.
- Posting the contents of the Shogakukan homepage (pictures, data, or source) in whole or in part.
The above acts, whether commercial or non-commercial in character, are acts of copyright infringement. Those who do not respect these guidelines may find themselves subject to legal action, so please be warned.
I didn't even know of these "rules" myself, but had it brought to my attention by a Sankaku article detailing the same thing. Regardless, I gotta say this is pretty insane. Now fans aren't allowed to even do their own art? In fact, it would appear the very "copying" of these rules from the homepage is a violation of the copyright itself. :p