Royal Oak, MI asked in Copyright for Michigan

Q: Is it legal to use someone else art as an ASSET of an app you're developing with crediting them in a license section?

Like I want to develop this app which is like the Pokemon Dex but for anime characters and I can't draw and even if I could, it would be technically using the art from the anime character creator. I want to monetize it so I am able to upgrade the backend as the character's info is with help from the community, like Wikipedia. I am planning to monetize it via Google Ad Services, but I want to make sure I am doing everything legally. Help would be nice.

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1 Lawyer Answer
Marcos Garciaacosta
Marcos Garciaacosta
  • Intellectual Property Lawyer
  • Mesa, AZ

A: Unless you really have a license, you would be lying by crediting them in the license section.

No. See who owns the art and try to get a license.

You can also hire somebody for original art.

Best luck

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