Are Emoji Copyrighted ?
Emoji are Unicode characters, which means that they’re part of the universal computing industry standard for encoding and representing text on systems around the world. In other words, if you enter an “A” on a computer in California, it will show up as an “A” on a computer in Calcutta.
The same holds true for emoji. Because emoji are Unicode, no matter what you send to someone else, they should appear as such to that person. If you send a red heart emoji from a mobile phone, no matter the platform, it will be represented as a red heart emoji to the recipient.
This is why emoji look different on various platforms, whether it’s an iPhone, Android device, or Windows computer. A company like Apple either buys, licenses, or creates the fonts on their systems—including emoji. So you can’t just go around using Apple’s version of an emoji without getting permission.