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« on: November 01, 2017 06:24:23 AM »

If I change the internal design on an artist's work, but use the original outline, am I violating copywrite laws?
If I credit the artist by saying the design (with a changed outline) is "based on the work of..." is that sufficient to satisfy the copywrite?
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« Reply #1 on: November 01, 2017 01:19:35 PM »

If you use any part of someone else's design, you're infringing their copyright.
Giving credit is not enough, you have to get permission in writing.

Better, work on coming up with completely original designs.
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« Reply #2 on: November 01, 2017 01:54:49 PM »

Whether or not you're selling the artwork you make is also a big factor.  A lot of copyright holders don't mind if it's just "fan art" and you're not making any money off of their property, but, if you are profiting, then things usually change.

I mostly make artwork of copyrighted characters, however, I don't sell any of it, so, I've never had any company or individual copyright holder give me any flack over it to date.  The handful of times I have had any corporate contact, it's all been positive [for example, this Halloween, the European branch of Sega (a video game company) liked my old 2009 Chuck D. Head action figure, from their Decap Attack video game, and asked to feature it on various social media platforms for the holiday].

But, yeah, I agree with Steiconi, even if you're just using a part of someone else's work you're still technically infringing on the other person's intellectual property (collage artists often run into issues like that).  Giving the original artist credit and acknowledgement for said outline is a great idea though.
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« Reply #3 on: November 01, 2017 01:57:52 PM »

Patraw that is awesome! Good for you, way to go!




I think it would be valuable to google Fair Use and Infringement laws in your area, they differ all over the place. There are many times when it is ok to use things, for example in a parody, collage work, etc. It will depend entirely on what your use will be and also the percentage of material used. In certain places making a change of 30% infers originality to a piece of work regardless of the source material.

Think Andy Warhol's Campbell's soup cans...

I'm also thinking that just because you *can* do something doesn't mean you *should* do it. Personal ethics play a role here too.
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« Reply #4 on: November 01, 2017 02:21:25 PM »

Welcome to the community, Cruiser!

And thanks to everyone else for helping so much!  This is awesome info!
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