I’ve been getting a lot of emails lately along the lines of “Hey, can I have your permission to use some images from DMotR on my website / forum sig / desktop / walls / wedding invitations, etc. I thought I’d tackle this in a post for other people who may have similar questions.
When it comes to “borrowing” from the comic, you don’t really need my permission. The comic isn’t “copyrighted” by me. I didn’t get permission from New Line Cinema before making the comic. You have the freedom to take as many liberties with the comic as I took with the movie. This isn’t me giving you permission, this is me saying I can’t give or deny permission.
I do like getting links, but if you make off with images from the comics and don’t provide a link back here you’re not “violating copyright” or “stealing”. The very worst that can be said of that sort of behavior is that it’s rude.
In any case, I’m not going to make a big deal out of it. If you want to use it to make something new, knock yourself out. Send me a link if you like. If it’s cool, I’ll mention it here and everyone can enjoy it.
For example, someone is taking the entire series and translating it into French. Makes me wish I understood the language. Translating humor is probably the most difficult form of translation. (I’m betting it’s even harder than translating rhyming lyics, although it’s not like I would know.) I give this guy credit for taking a hard job and sticking with it. It’s even more difficult here because he’s stuck with my original word bubbles, which means he has to come up with translated dialog which is both funny and roughly the same size.
Anyway, if you want to use the comic, feel free. Because you are free.
UPDATE: Lots of people are pointing out that I do indeed have copyright on this. Fine, fine. In any case, you want to make some derivative work? Help yourself. Make something cool. Drop a comment and tell us about it.
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