Hey everyone I am bit confused with emojis license. I have made a website that convert an emoji into PNG and SVG. Curious to know if they can be used as an clipart(commercial purpose) in videos,games,pictures or logos etc...
The shape of an emoji is an artistic creation and so is protected by copyright,unless it is judged to be too simple to have the required degree of originality for copyright protection (which may be the case for some emojis).
If an emoji's shape is protected, a translation or conversion to another format would be either a derivative work or a simple copy. In either case the permission of the copyright owner would be required, unless an exception to copyright such as fair use applied. It is hard to see hoe fair use in particular would apply in suvh a fact pattern. If it did not, permission would be required, and unless the owner had granted a license that covered the intended use, a new permission must be requested and obtained.