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Stealing Characters from another Game

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What are the legal aspect of using characters in a game that are clearly charicatures of characters in another game? I am currently creating a game and got the idea to make some heavy Angry Birds references. The gameplay is completely different. Imagine someone made a game with charicatures like for example in this YouTube video:

[url="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RInpLHC1kz0"]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RInpLHC1kz0[/url]

- Clearly inspired by Angry birds
- Clearly that it is NOT the original drawings from Angry birds

Using characters like that in a game: Would it be legal? How does copyright law apply?

Thanks for your input.

/Martin

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Lol well, they did give somewhat credit to the makers of Angry Birds, plus this isnt a game and they made no profit off it at all.

I think they'll only really get on you about stealing something (like characters or a story) if your the one making profit and you do not give the original makers credit.

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Awesome guys; thanks for the link. For anyone else reading this topic: Bad idea to borrow characters form other games:

[font=Georgia][size=2][img]http://sloperama.com/images/letq.gif[/img] 1. What if the only thing I want to "borrow" is a [b]character[/b]?
[img]http://sloperama.com/images/leta.gif[/img] Characters are probably the most unique, most recognizable aspect of a game or any other IP. You definitely do not want to use Mickey Mouse, Ms. Pac-Man, Jack Bauer, Pikachu, Harry Potter, Mario, Lisa Simpson, Columbo, Kenny, James Bond, Spongebob, or Max Payne in your game. A resounding NO to this idea. Create your own characters instead.[/size][/font]


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