Summerville, PA asked in Copyright for Pennsylvania

Q: can i use a comic book character for commercial use.

can i use a comic book character for commercial use if i edit them heavily and make them my own character with cutting and other such edits. Most comic book characters are public domain.

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Tania Maria Williams
Tania Maria Williams
  • Intellectual Property Lawyer
  • West Palm Beach, FL

A: Characters may be protected by copyright or trademark. Oftentimes, trademark protection can outlast copyright protection and vice versa because they are dependent on different things. I would suggest enlisting the assistance of an IP attorney to make sure you’re not setting yourself up for an infringement claim later on. Please feel free to email me if I can be of assistance at

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