Is it okay to use copyrighted or trademarked images/designs/music if no money is gained?
Question Details: For example, if an individual were making a music video, video game or comic book and in that creation, they used an exact replication of another music video, game or comic book. Say a music video to a song that already exists, a game that uses Pokemon and Pokeballs or a comic that features Batman. In these instances, as long as the creator is not collecting income from the created source, is it legal?
No, it is not legal. Copyright is the ability to control ALL uses of the copyrighted material, including its incorporation into another creative work, or the creation of derivative, adapted, etc. works based on it. No one else can use the copyrighted material, even if they do not "gain" money or "collect income" based on it.
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