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Dark Horse doesn't like me too much

So Dark Horse comics made me take down my hellboy sprites, despite the fact that I thought their rather silly pixelated old-school look, which was meant to lampoon the comic’s dark feel, placed them well within the description of parody.

Regardless, I’m keeping the images up on DA so they can still be viewed

I could probably put them back if I convincingly showed that they were parodies, but why bother for a design that never actually made a sale anyway.


    BYRONover 2 years ago


    It is a common mythtake that “parody” or lampooning something qualifies as an exemption to copyright.

    … at least in the typical sense of "parody, anyway.

    For “parody” to qualify as an exemption to copyright it MUST do more than simply make fun of the thing, it must also make a commentary about the thing that is being lampooned.

    Even if it does do that, you still can not claim exemption to copyright – because the parody exemption has only ever been decided on a case-by-case basis in a court of law.

    The final nail in the coffin for the parody exemption is that it only exists as a codified and legal exemption within the USA. While other countries may abide by the concept – they don’t have to, and most lawyers from outside the USA probably would hesitate to defend a parody exemption case because of this reason.

    Copyright, while it is a very complex issue, is quite a simple concept for 99.99% of us…

    *If you use someone else’s creation in any way, without the original artist’s [or the copyright holder’s] permission, then you have violated copyright.

    Yes there are certain exemption such as News Reportage, Teaching, etc… but those exemptions do not apply to people who are creating art for the sake of creating art.

    You can find more information about Copyright here: