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Is a shadow of a recognisable figure (eg. Mikey Mouse)

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Is a shadow of a recognisable figure (eg. Mikey Mouse) protected by copyright? can I freely use the outline of a shape without repercussions
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Submitted: 6 days ago.
Category: Law
Expert:  JGM replied 6 days ago.

Thanks for your question. On the basis that you create the picture you would own the copyright. However if you try to use it for commercial purposes, Disney could attack this as a breach of, not copyright, but the trademarked image of their character which they jealously guard. I could not advise you to do this. I hope that helps. Please leave a positive rating so that I am credited by JustAnswer for helping you today.

Customer: replied 6 days ago.
ah, but with changes to the shape to make it a nondescript mouse that should be fine
Expert:  JGM replied 5 days ago.

Yes, that’s ok.