How to use Copyrighted characters in original Art?
May 3, 2012 9:40 AM Subscribe
I recently completed a series of art prints for an upcoming art show. I thought while I was getting them printed I would submit them to Zazzle and make them available online. But 3 out of 4 were rejected because of "A copyright complaint from the rightsholder". I think my work is a clear use of parody and would not be confused with an official product.
The prints in question are 3 from the "Transidents" Half Transformer, Half President. Link Here
They accepted the Lincoln one, I'm assuming because I changed the front of the mask to be a Lincoln Navigator Grill. I'm just wondering how any artist can get away with using pop culture references anymore.
Here are examples of 2 prints that I recently purchased.
Not to mention almost everything on TheYetee.com, teeFury.com, and riptapparel.com
Is everyone who does this kind of work just working Lando Calrisian style trying to stay under the radar of the Copyright Empire or is there something else that I should be doing?