I have a question about copyright infringement. I am producing a series of pendants for my jewelry line that will include pictures on them (see the enclosed link for an example). I had the idea to use cut-outs from comic book pages on the pendants, but am concerned that is violating copyright of the original artists. These pendants are about a square inch or two, no bigger than the size of dominoes. Is this copyright infringement?
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This is probably infringement if the comic strip is identifiable. Both copyright infringement and trademark infringement. Free-riding on the reputation of others will usually run afoul of the IP rights of the creator or ownerr of the comic strip.
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