Is the Jumpstart Neopets Team using user’s artwork without permission?

Well… are they? Late Saturday night this post started popping up on the Tumblr:

YIKES

Apparently the source for this image is a user petpage on Neopets:

http://www.neopets.com/~checho_____

After this post spread around, many varying opinions from Neopians covered the boards and tags on other blogging sites, but no word from the artist yet, who is quite popular and talented. The thing is, Neopets does have the rights* to the character, but is it really… right? The image is so close that it’s definitely not a coincidence, and yes they CAN use her work.. but not even a shoutout in the news? Not even a thanks? Hopefully this gets resolved.

*Taken from the Neopets Art Gallery Main Page:

IMPORTANT – SUBMISSION POLICY! By uploading or otherwise submitting any materials to Neopets, you (and your parents) are automatically granting us permission to use those materials for free in any manner we can think of forever throughout the universe. These materials must be created ONLY by the person submitting them – you cannot submit someone else’s work. Also, if you’re under age 18, ALWAYS check with your parents before you submit anything to us!

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