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I also agree that you should probaly just go ahead and change it, but can someone tell me how you can sell t-shirts that use other pieces of artwork that are spoofs? This is kinda the same thing, but like the Mountain Dew t-shirts that saw Mount of Poo? I thought that if like more than 50% of the image is changed, you can use it? Isn't this the same kind of case, where only part of the image is original?
 

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but can someone tell me how you can sell t-shirts that use other pieces of artwork that are spoofs?
Talk to a lawyer would be the first start :)

I thought that if like more than 50% of the image is changed, you can use it?
There's no percentage amount that you can change it to make it your image. Even if you change it 50%, you could get sued.

This is kinda the same thing, but like the Mountain Dew t-shirts that saw Mount of Poo?
This answer that Solmu posted in another thread really covers how people are "getting away with" many of the spoof/parody designs that you see out there:

Solmu said:
The usual story:
  • Some do whatever they want and wait for the cease and desist letter (and hope the company doesn't skip over it)
  • Some can afford lawyers to defend on the basis of parody, etc.
  • Some are in the process of getting sued and losing
  • Some are in the process of getting sued and winning
  • Some are just lucky and not getting caught
  • Some are just lucky and not getting caught... yet
  • Some will plan to settle out of court
  • Some are ignorant of the law and don't realise the world of hurt that is coming
  • Some are carefully staying on the right side of the legal divide
  • Some are carefully staying on the right side of the legal divide, but will be sued anyway, and unable to afford an adequate legal defense even though what they were doing was theoretically legal.
In other words, some are getting away with it, some aren't.
 
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