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I was wondering is it legal to use Mario sprites in a Pacman like game I'm making that I'll be releasing for free? What will Nintendo do? Will they do a cease-and-deist thing or will they sue me? Any input? Thanks, YellowShadow

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I was wondering is it legal to use Mario sprites in a Pacman like game I'm making that I'll be releasing for free?
It's not legal, no matter what the circumstances are.

Why not just ask for an artist?



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I was wondering is it legal to use Mario sprites in a Pacman like game I'm making that I'll be releasing for free?
No, they belong to Nintendo. Passing them on to other people without making money from it doesn't change anything :(
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What will Nintendo do? Will they do a cease-and-deist thing or will they sue me?

One of these, depending on how lucky you are:
A) They don't realise what you're doing, and so nothing bad ever happens and everyone lives happily ever after.
B) They realise, send you a C&D notice, you pull down your work, end of story.
C) They realise, send you a C&D notice, you don't pull down your work, then you get sued.

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I was wondering is it legal to use Mario sprites in a Pacman like game I'm making that I'll be releasing for free?
No, they belong to Nintendo. Passing them on to other people without making money from it doesn't change anything :(
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What will Nintendo do? Will they do a cease-and-deist thing or will they sue me?

One of these, depending on how lucky you are:
A) They don't realise what you're doing, and so nothing bad ever happens and everyone lives happily ever after.
B) They realise, send you a C&D notice, you pull down your work, end of story.
C) They realise, send you a C&D notice, you don't pull down your work, then you get sued.


Again thanks for clearing this up for me :). Now onto the look for some free-to-use sprites :)

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Now maybe I'm thinking of something else, but isn't it legal to use for parody/satire?

Only if you have the ten/hundreds of thousands of dollars to go to court an prove that something actually is a parody. You can't just use something in your game and then claim that it is a parody in order to gain protection. The IP owner can still come after you and you would have to defend yourself in court (incurring huge legal bills) to prove it.

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