An independent artist created a sonic the hedgehog sprite sheet and as long as I give him credit, I can use it. My questions is: Is there a legal disclaimer I can put on the screen that says this is not made by sega...etc to avoid being sued. I simply want to make a sonic game for fun on the iphone and provide it free of charge to anyone. Will I get sued for doing that or is there a way I can state this is for fun and the graphics were independently. Or is this a shady idea?
Sonic the Hedgehog is Saga's Intellectual Property. I don't believe the fact an independent artist drew the picture changes anything. Nor would a disclaimer of any sort.
You could get sued. Will you get sued? That is harder to predict.