copyright questions

Discussion in 'Design and Graphics' started by MidgetArcher, Nov 7, 2016.

  1. MidgetArcher Suspended

    Jul 26, 2009
    can you create animated versions of shows and release it to the app store w/o getting sued as long as said familiar looking characters are named differently?

    say walking dead & GOT to start out, I wonder how SNL gets around spoofing people w/o getting sued :p
  2. MacUser2525 macrumors 68000


    Mar 17, 2007
    Parody is covered by convention and the fact they are not recreating an actual word for word already lived part of someones life that they have written down or recorded on audio/video. Your animated idea you could possibly get by with it in a similar vein with short snippets of an entirely made up by you dialog/scenes as a parody.
  3. MidgetArcher thread starter Suspended

    Jul 26, 2009
    working on my first iMessage sticker app. so hope things fly w/o any problems.
  4. dwig macrumors 6502

    Jan 4, 2015
    Key West FL
    Copyright law varies with jurisdiction.

    Simply animating a live action show and changing the names will not get you around the original owner's copyright. You would have to totally rewrite the story line as a parody to have any hope of getting it published through any legit venue in the US.
  5. jtara macrumors 65832

    Mar 23, 2009
    Not when you've just admitted publicly your intent. Which seems to me to profit on the tails of the popularity of the show.

    And, will you get sued? Who knows? It depends on whether somebody decides to sue you. And then, they may or may not win.

    I wouldn't advise it, and am sure you already know the answer. You wouldn't be asking for "permission" if you didn't already know.

    Parody is a very specific form of humor, poking fun at a famous public figure, product, idea, etc. Simply changing names of characters doesn't make it a parody. You can parody the President. You probably can't legitimately parody your next-door neighbor, unless they happen to be a famous figure. They might sue you, and win, but not on copyright (for defamation/libel/slander) as parody can be a defense in that case as well. Donald Trump or Hilary Clinton aren't a written work, a music score, a public performance, etc. They are people. Copyright just doesn't apply. You can't copyright yourself!

    How does SNL get away with spoofing people without getting sued? Well, first of all, copyright generally doesn't enter into the equation for them. Only very occasionally - for example, they might parody a book or a movie. But usually it is people, and then there are different laws. (The above-mentioned defamation/libel/slander). Our laws (at least in the U.S.) protect the right to poke fun at public figures. In some other countries, it can mean the death penalty.

    How does SNL get away with spoofing people without getting sued? Another reason is they have very, very, very good lawyers, and a legal budget. Do you?

    Apple may or may not object themselves. If they are smart, they will. Apple doesn't like to get in the middle of nasty squabbles.

    Copyright protects against "derivative works". Look it up.

    Have an attorney talk you out of this.

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