Wednesday, December 14, 2005


It seems this cartoon may not make it into the (free) mag due to fears over copyright issues. My (and Gridlife's) argument are that 1) The images are not used in a denigrating fashion; 2) No profit is being made from the cartoon (believe you me); 3) It's not being used to promote an event where a profit will be made; 4) The characters are not identified by name; and 5) The images kind of suck anyway. Any intellectual property / entertainment lawyers out there willing to weigh in?


  1. The fair use doctrine is an aspect of United States copyright law that provides for the licit, non-licensed citation or incorporation of copyrighted material in another author's work under a four-factor balancing test.

    1. the purpose and character of the use, including whether such use is of a commercial nature or is for nonprofit educational purposes;
    2. the nature of the copyrighted work;
    3. the amount and substantiality of the portion used in relation to the copyrighted work as a whole; and
    4. the effect of the use upon the potential market for or value of the copyrighted work.

    So, in sum, you are ok.

    Any questions, contact me.

    James R. Thompson
    T: +1 (312) 558-7400
    F: +1 (312) 558-5700

  2. Why so worried about using a wretched facimile of some cartoon figures?

    Is the whole US afraid of their shawdows now?

    This is a fair use issue, and is not an infringment on anyone's copyright.
    Who would be damaged?

    And I like what you did, very creative.

  3. I love that cartoon.

    I remember you from Wishbone.

    I want to do a show on Yoga, Yoga in Chicago, and I would like you to contact one of my producers.

  4. Yoga helps make you flexible, right?

    I need some lessons, phone me @the show.

    312-591-WCKG (312-591-9254)

    voice message:
    888-GOB-HOMO (888-462-4666)

  5. Whoa, Dude. Oprah just commented on your blog. Sweet!

  6. Dude Looks Like a Lady.
    Once I was with this chick but she was a dude.