Emoticons are the pictorial expressions of emotions and smiley faces are the most famous of them. There are hundreds of emoticons on Unicode library and new ones are being added each year. Below you can find the list of more than 150 emoticons. You can copy&paste them anywhere you like, or you can use their Unicode or HTML Code values on your web page design, or computer programing.
Emojis are an extensive group of special characters that output various faces, objects, and symbols. While many computer operating systems are able to interpret emojis on their own, Facebook replaces them with unique images they created.
In the 1970s, the PLATO IV computer system was launched. It was one of the first computers used throughout educational and professional institutions, but rarely used in a residential setting. On the computer system, a student at the University of Illinois developed pictograms that resembled different smiling faces. Mary Kalantzis and Bill Cope stated this likely took place in 1972, and they claimed these to be the first emoticons. The student's creations likely cover multiple timelines, the creation of computer icons, digital pictograms and emoticons. Since the pictograms were not focused on offering a means to communicate, they aren't generally considered important in the history of the emoticon.
Many of those that pre-dated Fahlman either drew faces using alphabetic symbols or created digital pictograms. Scott Fahlman took it a step further, by suggesting that not only could his emoticon communication emotion, but also replace language. Using the emoticons as a form of communication is why Fahlman is seen as the creator of emoticons vs. other earlier claims.
Inspired by Fahlman's idea of using faces in language, the Loufrani family established The Smiley Company in 1996. Nicolas Loufrani developed hundreds of different emoticons, including 3D versions. His designs were registered at the United States Copyright Office in 1997 and appeared online as .gif files in 1998. These were the first graphical representations of the originally text-based emoticon. He published his icons as well as emoticons created by others, along with their ASCII versions, in an online Smiley Dictionary in the early 2000s. This dictionary included over 3,000 different smileys and was published as a book called Dico Smileys in 2002.
Some smiley faces were present in Unicode since 1.1, including a white frowning face, a white smiling face, and a black smiling face. ("Black" refers to a glyph which is filled, "white" refers to a glyph which is unfilled).
These are all similar to the two simpler smiley faces. However, they are often used to express greater levels of happiness. A message with one of these emojis will normally be extremely positive. They are very rarely used with an insult or criticism.
But where emojis do not qualify for copyright protection, as outlined above, and when they distinguish goods and services in the marketplace, they can be protected as trademarks. In such instances, multiple parties could have coexisting trademark rights in the same emoji symbols for different classes of goods. We believe that hundreds of emojis, or emoji-like symbols, have been registered as trademarks.
Publicity rights. Proprietary emojis can depict individual faces and other attributes uniquely associated with a single person. For example, bitmojis allow people to create emojis of themselves. Also, some celebrities have created emoji sets containing emojis that look like them. Any emoji depictions of individuals may require consent from the depicted person. Such consent is certainly required if the emoji is to be used as a brand on marketplace goods or services. 2b1af7f3a8