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: If Superheros Were Fat
: NikolaiDante 27 November, 2013, 03:37:23 PM
Hi Guys, long time no hear.

Just thought I'd let you know about a little microsite we've done for a client who sells Diet Supplements. It asks the question as in the title and shows 5 well known Superheroes getting fat on chips!

Check it out here :
(http://www.desirablebody.co.uk/hero/img/SuperSizedHeroes.png) (http://www.desirablebody.co.uk/hero/)

If you like it, share it!
: Re: If Superheros Were Fat
: radiator 27 November, 2013, 03:40:27 PM
Erm, aren't DC and Marvel likely to sue the arse off you for using their characters in a promotional site?
: Re: If Superheros Were Fat
: Banners 27 November, 2013, 03:41:42 PM
Did you get permission?

(edit - oops, Radiator beat me to it).
: Re: If Superheros Were Fat
: CrazyFoxMachine 27 November, 2013, 03:44:53 PM
Ooh, do the blob next.
: Re: If Superheros Were Fat
: Richmond Clements 27 November, 2013, 04:03:33 PM
Disclaimer: DesirableBody and this information is in no way affiliated with Marvel Studios, DC Entertainment, DC Comics or any of the characters included here. We do not accept responsibility whatsoever for the accuracy of this information - we've never had a superhero over for dinner.

Not sure this covers it..!
: Re: If Superheros Were Fat
: radiator 27 November, 2013, 04:10:59 PM
Yeah, sorry - it seems like you have a pretty naive approach to copyright infringement there. Smallprint or no, using their characters without permission - especially in the context of an advertisement - is likely to get you in legal hot water.

If I were you I'd advise your client to pull the site, and put it back up only once you have replaced the characters with generic equivalents.
: Re: If Superheros Were Fat
: Spikes 27 November, 2013, 06:47:05 PM
That smallprint really is small....
: Re: If Superheros Were Fat
: The Enigmatic Dr X 27 November, 2013, 06:57:45 PM
I hope they've paid you already.
: Re: If Superheros Were Fat
: Steve Green 29 November, 2013, 06:30:29 PM
Do the Jolly Green Giant getting fat on McDonalds.
: Re: If Superheros Were Fat
: Dandontdare 29 November, 2013, 06:49:47 PM
change it to caricatures of dead celebrities - Fat Marilyn won't sue.

Fat Jesus however will get you in all kinds of different trouble!
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: IndigoPrime 29 November, 2013, 07:00:56 PM
In the US, you might have had some means of defence through parody exceptions/exemptions (although that's unlikely), but the UK has no such laws, baring criticism/reporting and/or the rights-infringing aspect of the work not being substantial. So, yeah, that's a lawsuit waiting to happen.
: Re: If Superheros Were Fat
: locustsofdeath! 29 November, 2013, 08:07:46 PM
I think it's pretty funny, though. Like a "what if superheroes looked like their fans" type of thing.
: Re: If Superheros Were Fat
: Dark Jimbo 30 November, 2013, 12:13:49 AM
Like a "what if superheroes looked like their fans" type of thing.

 :lol:
: Re: If Superheros Were Fat
: Fragminion 27 January, 2014, 08:29:10 PM
A Fatties hero dream come true...
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bsBPhyfMAL8 (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bsBPhyfMAL8)

 :lol:
: Re: If Superheros Were Fat
: IntotheRealm 30 January, 2014, 01:18:37 PM
 
I think it's pretty funny, though. Like a "what if superheroes looked like their fans" type of thing.

I do think  :lol:
: Re: If Superheros Were Fat
: NikolaiDante 05 February, 2014, 11:39:29 PM
Hi Gents & ladies

Well the Heroes thingie has been running over 2 months now and no complaints :)

ND
: Re: If Superheros Were Fat
: Banners 06 February, 2014, 10:08:57 AM
I've recently knocked back a client who wanted to use the Mary Poppins name and associated imagery, as I believe it is all owned by Disney. Perhaps I should have been similarly blasé and just taken their money.

There are quite a few creative professionals on here. I'd be interested in their thoughts.

To me, this is not a pragmatic bending of the rules which we all do from time to time - it's theft. Worse, you're unashamedly posting about it on the official website of a comics company which fiercely protects its own similar IP.
: Re: If Superheros Were Fat
: radiator 06 February, 2014, 10:30:38 AM
It's tricky - I've had many people contacting me wanting to buy prints of my Cornetto Trilogy poster - to the point where I could have made a serious amount of money by doing a print run, but I turned them all down as I felt uncomfortable selling fan art for profit*, and selling them at cost (which presumably I could legally do) isn't worth my time.

I have also been approached by a website that wanted to feature one of my movie posters in an art book they were publishing. When I asked if they had permission from the copyright holders, they mysteriously didn't respond.

I think a lot of people are naive/ignorant and perhaps don't understand that companies like Mondo work under license and get the necessary permissions. It's frustrating to see sites like Red Bubble which are full of people with no such qualms, and presumably get away with it in most cases.

*Professional, established comic book artists selling prints or commissions featuring copyrighted characters is another (contentious) issue, and something I personally support.