By obtaining an official Sushi Dog or Cat design by any means, you are automatically agreeing to these terms. Please read them over carefully. If you have any questions, please note @SushiDogs on deviantART!
Sushi dogs have a specific lore built around them, but you do not need to follow it closely to enjoy your personal sushi dogs!
The only thing that Sushi Dogs cannot be used for are commercial purposes. For instance, you cannot put your Soosh in a video game and sell the game. However, feel free to use your Sooshes in noncommericial, personal projects.
The original creator of Sushi Dogs retains all rights over their original artwork. Editing this artwork is not allowed. The creator will not use the designs themselves -- only the artwork for self-promotional purposes (portfolios, commission examples, etc)
In the very rare case that a user misuses an official Sushi Dog/Cat design in a for-profit, scamming, or scalping scenario, the group will cut off ownership and revoke the design. This only happens in extreme circumstances. Our policy does not take scamming and related occurrences lightly.
Co-owning, the act of sharing a character between two or more people, is allowed. However, the Sushi Dogs group will not officially recognize co-owns, and only one owner may be listed as official on the Master List. We are not responsible of any mishaps that occur while co-owning a Soosh.
Payment Plans & Auctions
Payment plans are available for all official soosh 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 sushi dog 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 soosh 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.
All soosh must be appraised by a group moderator before it is re-sold. The appraisal price will be based on the original sale price (or an approximation of it, if the information is no longer available) plus the value of any commissioned artwork it is being sold with.
We strongly discourage users from buying sushi dogs or sushi cats from sellers who do not provide a link to the soosh's masterlist entry, proof of an appraisal from a group mod, or who are not listed as the current owner on the masterlist. We cannot compensate victims of scams for any money lost, so please use discretion when buying soosh outside official sales.
Group items (haute potions, enchanted bells, sooshapon tokens, etc.) may not be resold or exchanged for gift cards, physical merchandise, etc. They can, however, be gifted or traded to other users.
Your soosh must be listed on the Soosh Database under your name before accepting offers on it.
Sooshes may be traded for other characters or artwork.
Sooshes may also be traded for physical items, such as things from an Amazon wishlist, as well as online gift cards. However, it must be within reason/as close to original value as possible. You MUST note the Sushi Dog group beforehand to appraise your Soosh -- click here for more info on this subject.
The "adding on" of non-resalable Sushi Dogs (ex: contest prizes) to other character resales is not allowed.
Official Sushi Dogs can be resold for the amount the current owner purchased it for, plus any art purchased. If you want to sell or add the art value to the final price, you must note the group with proof of purchase + all the art and the price you want to sell it for must be approved.
We will not appraise your Sushi Dog if it is not uploaded to the visual database at SooshDatabase. To register your Sushi Dog to the database, please see here.
If trades are not completed within 3 months, the person waiting for their part of the trade has the right to break the trade off.
When trading, you must trade the Sushi Dog's current design, any designs made prior to any Sushi Salon appointments are void until a reversal appointment is purchased
Since we do not accept trade journals, you can post over at the Trade Center if you want your trade journal to be seen.
Event Sushi Dogs/Cats given away by the group as prizes will have a trading cool down period of 3 months. You will not allowed to be trade or gift your Event Sushi Dog/Cat until the 3 month cool down period is up.
Sushi Dogs/Cats given away for free cannot be appraised for sale or merchandise.
Make-Your-Own (MYO) Slots
MYO slots can be purchased directly through the group via the sooshapon machine, or won through group events like raffles and contests.
MYO slots never expire, unless stated otherwise at the time of obtainment.
MYO slots may be gifted, traded, or resold only if the slot is not cooldown and both parties confirm the transfer on the database.
When designing a MYO Soosh, the owner of the slot may have someone else draw/design the Soosh. Commissioning someone else to design it is acceptable, and the price of the design commission may be added onto the value of the soosh when appraised, just like commissioned artwork.
A Soosh's design may be edited minimally -- small edits in colors, markings, and general look are allowed. All design edits must be noted to the Sushi Dogs group for approval.
In order to maintain integrity of the original designs, we do not allow major design changes to be made freely. However, we do offer DIY and custom revamp services at the Sushi Salon!
Small edits on features, such as moving the knot on a bandana from the front to the side, are usually acceptable. However, moving a bandana from the tail to the head would be considered a major change and would require a Salon Makeover. You cannot add or remove Features.
All creator-made Sushi Dogs/Cats fall under the Sushi Dog trademark, and their official artwork remains copyrighted to the creator. Creator-made Sooshes may not be used as non-species characters, as they are part of the trademarked brand. MYOs may be turned into original, non-species characters with the approval of the species creator!
Retiring & Revoking
Retiring/revoking is a process by which a soosh is stripped of its soosh status. These soosh are listed as 'R' in the database, and are no longer valid for participation in the group. Retiring/revoking a soosh is permanent.
Retiring is voluntary, and only applicable to MYO soosh. Sushi dogs and cats by Chital, SpikedPeach, or any guest artist are not able to be retired for any reason. If you would like to retire a soosh that you own, you must have written permission from the original creator of the soosh.
An alternate version of retiring soosh applies to archived designs (previous versions of a soosh not currently in use). Normally, when a soosh is redesigned (by the salon or otherwise), the design is archived and the soosh can be reverted to it at any time by its owner. By retiring an archived design, that design will be removed from the soosh's history, and will not be viable for reuse on that soosh or any other soosh. To retire an archived design, you must be the current owner of the soosh in question AND have written permission from the creator of the archived design.
Revoking is a stripping of soosh status enforced by the sushi dogs moderators due to extreme rule-breaking--essentially a forced retirement. Any soosh can be revoked at the moderators' discretion.
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 sushidogs.deviantart.com.