cody - what you are doing is obvious - you're trying to trash me. we'll don't bother. you don't have to be a genius to see that i didn't invent this look (it's actually based on stanley mouse's monster art - who is the guy that roth DIRECTLT ripped for rat fink - so your argument is even lamer than thou).
this sort of culture fuck is exactly what interests me about grahic design. it's part of the dialog. there have been NO new ideas in this dialog for nearly fifty years - so your attack is kinda stupid,no?
so let's go with this theme (over in the 'pirating' thread over on the other board). why don't you post your thought about this whole turf? at least you can try to trash me in a more permanent board.
plastk - actually, i'm not taking anything out of context, i'm trying to carefully define the context. your advice is dangerous - and it is preciselybecause i skate such a fine edge in my work that i HAVE to know this stuff. so, you may think you have sound advice, but i personally know that your advice is dangerous, i'm trying to help people, not push my ego around. ok?
the advice from the gag guidebook isn't too off, but it's not that good. there is a GREAT DEAL of information about filing and renewal and licensing and identity and trademarking and intelletual property that is not even hinted at in that paragraph you wrote.
it's a minefield, so using something as lame as a guestimated '30%' is a ticking timebomb.
sorry, it's BAD advice. don't give it out anymore.
i've learned a bit about copyright law, and that isn't true. there is no 30% rule. that actually stems from an old goverment policy of being able to reproduce money so long as it's 30% bigger or 30% smaller. a lot of people took that and extended it to all artwork. but there is no law supporting that at all. you'll just get yourself sued. and the last thing you want is to have to try to prove the intricasies of copyright law to a jury of fellow citizens. expensive! ouch!